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Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group


Dr Stephen Burrell

Research Associate in the Department of Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43004
Room number: 104, 29 Old Elvet

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I am a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Sociology, where I am based within the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse. I recently completed a PhD in the department, entitled 'Engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in England', which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 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.

I am currently working primarily on two projects. First, research commissioned by the Government Equalities Office about how to engage effectively with men and boys about the impacts of masculine gender norms in the UK. Second, a qualitative evaluation of two helplines run by Respect UK - the Men's Advice Line for male victims of domestic abuse, and the Respect Phoneline for perpetrators of domestic abuse.

I completed my PhD in 2019, and this research involved two main strands. First, investigating the contemporary landscape and future possibilities of work with men and boys to prevent men’s violence against women in the UK, by interviewing some of the activists playing a key role in the development of such efforts. Second, exploring how young men actually understand and use violence prevention campaigns, by conducting focus groups with men’s university sports teams facilitated by material from influential campaigns. Since I first started studying sociology, feminist ideas have had a profound impact on me, and these continue to provide the inspiration for my work.

Follow me on Twitter: @the_daily_panda

Selected Publications

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Research Interests

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Men's violence against women
  • Critical studies on men and masculinities
  • Primary prevention
  • Gender norms and inequalities
  • (Pro-)Feminist social movements

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