Dr Stephen Burrell
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.
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Department of Sociology
Department of Sociology
- Why do some men take a public stance against men's violence against women, and how can more men be encouraged to do so?
- 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
Chapter in book
- Burrell, S.R. (2020). Male agents of change and disassociating from the problem in the prevention of violence against women. In Masculine Power and Gender Equality: Masculinities as Change Agents. Luyt, R. & Starck, K. Cham: Springer. 35-54.
- Burrell, S.R. (2019). Engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in England. Department of Sociology. Durham University. PhD: 1-284.
- Barker, G., Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2021). COVID-19 and Masculinities in Global Perspective: Reflections from Promundo's Research and Activism. Men and Masculinities 24(1): 168-174.
- Burrell, S.R. & Flood, M. (2019). Which feminism? Dilemmas in profeminist men's praxis to end violence against women. Global Social Welfare 6(4): 231-244.
- Burrell, S.R. (2018). The contradictory possibilities of engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in the UK. Journal of Gender-Based Violence 2(3): 447-464.
- Burrell, S.R. & Sagmeister, M. (2017). Conference Report: Political masculinities as agents of change, Anglia Ruskin University, 9–11 December 2016. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies 12(1): 80-84.
- Burrell, S.R. (2016). The invisibility of men's practices: Problem representations in British and Finnish social policy on men's violences against women. Graduate Journal of Social Science 12(3): 69-93.
- Burrell, S.R., Westmarland, N. & Ruxton, S. (2021). How men can be allies to women right now. The Conversation
- Baker, B., Alemann, C., Burrell, S.R., Griffith, D.M., Heidari, S., Kelland, J., Lal, A. & Mukherjee, S. (2021). Men and COVID-19: Where’s the policy?. BMJ Global Health
- Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2020). Coronavirus reveals just how deep macho stereotypes run through society. The Conversation
- Burrell, S.R. (2020). The climate crisis as masculine violence? Engaging men in caring for the planet. Leverhulme Trust
- Burrell, S.R. (2019). It's time men take on the responsibility for ending male violence. White Ribbon UK
- Burrell, S.R. (2018). Changing men and masculinities in the wake of #MeToo. British Sociological Association
- Westmarland, N., Burrell, S.R., Dhir, A., Hall, K.E., Hasan, E. & Henderson, K. (2021). 'Living a life by permission': The experiences of male victims of domestic abuse during Covid-19. Durham University.
- Burrell, S.R. (2021). A Business A_Gender: Building Gender Equality in the North East Business Sector in the Wake of Covid-19. Department of Sociology, Durham University. Changing Relations and Durham University.
- Burrell, S.R., Ruxton, S. & Westmarland, N. (2020). Engaging with Men and Boys about Gender Norms: Engagement Toolkit. Government Equalities Office.
- Ruxton, S. & Burrell, S.R. (2020). Masculinities and COVID-19: Making the Connections. Promundo-US.
- Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2020). The impact of the Covid-19 crisis on work with men and boys in Europe. Durham University.
- Burrell, S.R., Ruxton, S. & Westmarland, N. (2019). Changing Gender Norms: Engaging with Men and Boys. Government Equalities Office.
- Westmarland, N. & Burrell, S.R. (2019). Perpetrators in the early stages of help-seeking: Views of service users. London, Respect.
- Burrell, S.R. & Westmarland, N. (2019). The voices of male victims: Understanding men's experiences of the Men's Advice Line. London, Respect.
- Justice, Violence and Abuse
- Violence and Abuse in Society