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Dr Stephen Burrell

Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology

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I am currently undertaking a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship which is exploring the connections between the climate crisis and masculine violence, and how to engage men and boys in building more caring relationships with the environment.

I completed my PhD at Durham in 2019, where I investigated work with men and boys to prevent men’s violence against women in England, including how young men make sense of violence prevention campaigns. Subsequently I have carried out an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship on the role the business sector can play in preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality, and how to engage more men in such efforts. I have also carried out research with Professor Nicole Westmarland and Sandy Ruxton for the Government Equalities Office about the impacts of masculine gender norms in the UK today, and the report and engagement toolkit from this have recently been published.

In addition, I have been exploring the gendered impacts of the coronavirus crisis. This has included co-authoring a Promundo-US report with Ruxton on the connections between masculinities and Covid-19, researching the consequences of the pandemic for work with men and boys in Europe, and how to build gender equality in the North East business sector in the wake of Covid-19. I have also investigated with Westmarland and others the experiences of male victims of domestic abuse during the pandemic.

I am a trustee for White Ribbon UK, co-chair of the Changing Relations Steering Group, and a member of the MenEngage Alliance. Since I first started studying sociology, feminist ideas have had a profound impact on me, and these continue to provide the primary inspiration for my work.

Follow me on Twitter: @the_daily_panda

Research Groups

Department of Sociology

Research Projects

Department of Sociology

Research Interests

  • Men and masculinities
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Men's violence against women
  • Primary prevention
  • Gender norms and inequalities
  • (Pro-)Feminist social movements
  • Masculinity and Covid-19
  • Gender and environmental harm

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

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Teaching Areas

  • Justice, Violence and Abuse
  • Violence and Abuse in Society