Sociology Department Staff
Dr Fiona Vera-Gray
(email at email@example.com)
I am an activist, researcher, and campaigner working on violence against women and girls. I come from a practice-based background in the specialist sexual violence sector, and this informs my academic work which focuses on drawing together philosophy, specifically phenomenology, with empirical research on violence against women and girls. Most recently, I've been working on a project on women's lived experience of mainstream online pornography.
I'm particularly interested in feminist methodologies and ways of disseminating research beyond the academy, including through the development of lesson plans for young people and creative means such as theatre. I am a regular media commentator on sexual violence and harassment and have been an expert advisor to Government including to the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Public Sexual Harassment, and the Department for Education in the development of the new RSHE curriculum.
- 2015-19: Pornography, Phenomenology and Embodiment (Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship)
Sexual violence, Existential phenomenology, Simone de Beauvoir, Female embodiment, Public sexual harassment / men's intrusive practices, Lived experience of pornography.
- Vera-Gray, Fiona & Kelly, Liz (2020). Contested gendered space: public sexual harassment and women’s safety work. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
- Vera-Gray, F. (2020). The Whole Place Self: reflecting on the original working practices of Rape Crisis. Journal of Gender-Based Violence 4(1): 59-72.
- Vera-Gray, F. & Fileborn, B. (2018). Recognition and the harms of “Cheer Up”. The Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence II(1): 78-96.
- Vera-Gray, F. (2017). ‘talk about a cunt with too much idle time’ Trolling feminist research. Feminist Review 115(1): 61-78.
- Fileborn, B. & Vera-Gray, F. (2017). “I want to be able to walk the street without fear” Transforming justice for street harassment. Feminist Legal Studies 25(2): 203-227.
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Men’s Stranger Intrusions: Rethinking street harassment. Women’s Studies International Forum 58: 9-17.
- Elsgray, Fiona (2014). You Need to Find a Version of the World You Can Be In: Experiencing the Continuum of Men’s Intrusive Practices. Qualitative Inquiry 20(4): 509-521.
- Vera-Gray, F. (2018). The Right Amount of Panic: How women trade freedom for safety in public. Policy Press.
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Men's Intrusion, Women's Embodiment: A critical analysis of street harassment. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Chapter in book
- Vera-Gray, F. (Forthcoming). Rape porn. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication. Ross, K. (Ed.) Wiley Blackwell.
- Vera-Gray, F. (Forthcoming). The Authority of Pornography. In Gender and Authority. Bardazzi, A. & Bazzoni, A. (Eds.) Routledge.
- Vera-Gray, F. & McGlynn, C. (2020). 'Regulating pornography: Developments in evidence, theory, and law'. In Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality, and Law. Ashford, C. & Maine, A. Edward Elgar. 471-483.
- Vera-Gray, F. & Kelly, L. (2020). Contested gendered space: Public sexual harassment and women's safety work. In Crime and fear in public places.
- Vera-Gray, F. (2017). Outlook: Girlhood, agency, and embodied space for action. In Nordic Girlhoods: Past, Present, Outlooks. Formark, B., Mulari, H. & Voipio, M. Cham: Palgrave MacMillian. 127-135.
- Coy, M., Kelly, L., Vera-Gray, F., Garner, M. & Kanyeredzi, A. (2016). From ‘no means no’ to ‘an enthusiastic yes’ Changing the Discourse on Sexual Consent Through Sex and Relationships Education. In Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education: Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power. Sundaram, Vanita & Sauntson, Helen Palgrave Macmillan UK. 84-99.
- Vera-Gray, Fiona (2016). Amalia Ziv, Explicit utopias: rewriting the sexual in women’s pornography. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015 (ISBN 978-1-4384-5709-3). Hypatia Reviews Online
- Vera-Gray, F. & Bullough, J. (2017). Understanding public sexual harassment: Lesson plans and session guidance, key Stages 3 & 4. Durham: Durham University.
- Vera-Gray, F. (2018). What is the "right" amount of panic for women in public?. Discover Society
- Vera-Gray, F. (2017). 100 Women: The 'right amount' of panic for women in public. BBC World
- Vera-Gray, F. (2017). Sexual harassment: It's all part of growing up. The Conversation
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Have you ever wondered how much energy you put in to avoid being assaulted? It may shock you. The Conversation
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Men's intrusion: rethinking street harassment. Open Democracy 50:50
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Online Pornography: Can porn be good for us?. The Economist
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Porn: Our children are obsessed, but not for the reasons you think. The Telegraph
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). The hidden work of being a woman in public. The F-Word
- Fileborn, B. & Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Trump and tram reactions show social media’s complex role in responding to sexual harassment. The Conversation
- Vera-Gray, F. (2015). Britain's rape crisis: Why won't the Government guarantee support for survivors?. The Telegraph
- Vera-Gray, F. (2016). Situating Agency. Trouble and Strife
Indicators of Esteem
- 2018: Special Advisor - Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces:
- 2017: Advisory Committee of Transnational Girlhoods:
Invited member of advisory comittee for new book series, Transnational Girlhoods, published by Berghahn Press.
- Existential phenomenology
- Female embodiment
- Lived experience of pornography
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual Violence
- Simone de Beauvoir
- Gender, Violence, and Abuse
- Violence and Abuse
- 2016: Phenomenology, Pornography and Women's Embodiment (£88360.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)
Available for media contact about:
- Sociology: Street harassment
- Gender and law: Sexual violence
- Sociology: Pornography