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Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group


Stephen Burrell

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43004
Room number: 104, 29 Old Elvet

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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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Selected Publications

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Research Interests

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

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