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Department of Sociology

Research Projects

Stephen Burrell

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Field of study

Engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in the UK


I am coming to the end of a PhD, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, at Durham University’s Department of Sociology, where I am based in the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse. I have previously undertaken a BSc in Sociology at Aston University and an MSocSc in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare at the University of Tampere in Finland.

There are two main strands to my doctoral research project. Firstly, I am investigating the contemporary context of efforts to engage men and boys in the prevention of men’s violence against women in the UK, by interviewing some of the advocates who are playing a key role in the development of this work. I am exploring what the key issues, opportunities and problems are in policy and practice relating to such efforts, and what can be learnt to help develop this work in the future.

Secondly, I am exploring 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. I am interested 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 provided the inspiration for this research project.

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Research Projects

  • Why do some men take a public stance against men's violence against women, and how can more men be encouraged to do so?

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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