I recently completed an Economic and Social Research Council-funded PhD within Durham University’s Department of Sociology, where I am now working as a Post Doctoral Research Associate based in the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse. I have previously undertaken an MSocSc in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare at the University of Tampere in Finland, and a BSc in Sociology at Aston University.
My doctoral research project featured two main strands. First, I investigated the contemporary landscape of efforts to engage men and boys in the prevention of men’s violence against women in the UK, by interviewing some of the activists who are playing a key role in the development of this work. I examined what the key issues, opportunities and tensions are in policy and practice for such efforts, and what can be learnt to help develop such work in the future.
Secondly, I explored how young men understand and use prevention campaigns focusing on intimate partner violence, by conducting focus groups with men’s university sports teams facilitated by material from different campaigns. This was with an interest in how men construct masculinities in relation to violence against women, how we enact complicity with - or resistance to - the legitimisation and reproduction of this violence amongst one another, and how this complicity can be challenged by prevention campaigns. Since I first started studying sociology, feminist ideas have had a profound impact on me, and this is what provides the inspiration for my research.
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- 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.
- Burrell, S.R. & Flood, M. (2019). Which feminism? Dilemmas in profeminist men's praxis to end violence against women. Global Social Welfare
- 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. (2018). Changing men and masculinities in the wake of #MeToo. British Sociological Association
- Intimate partner violence
- Men's violence against women
- Critical studies on men and masculinities
- (Pro-)Feminist social movements
- Violence prevention
- Gender inequalities
- Why do some men take a public stance against men's violence against women, and how can more men be encouraged to do so?