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Department of Sociology

Research Projects

Stephen Burrell

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Field of study

How do young men understand and use domestic violence prevention campaigns?


I am in the third year of a PhD, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, at Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences, 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. For my doctoral research, I am investigating intimate partner violence primary prevention work with men and boys in the UK.

There are two main strands to my project. Firstly, I am mapping out efforts to engage men and boys in the prevention of men’s violence against women in the UK, by interviewing some of the individuals who are playing a key role in the development of this work. I want to illustrate the current state of affairs with this work, and consider some of the key issues, opportunities and problems in policy and practice, as well as what can be learnt from the current context to help develop this work in the future. 

Secondly, I am exploring how young men understand and use partner violence prevention campaigns, 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 became a social science student, feminist and pro-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
  • Feminist and pro-feminist social movements
  • Violence and abuse prevention


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