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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Dr Stephen Burrell

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Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology

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I completed my PhD on engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in England in the Department of Sociology at Durham University in 2019. I am now undertaking an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department. This is building on my PhD research by exploring opportunities for the business sector to contribute towards ending violence against women and to encourage men and boys to play a role in such efforts. If you would be interested in discussing this work further, please get in touch.

My PhD research involved two main strands. First, it investigated the contemporary landscape and future possibilities of work with men and boys to prevent men’s violence against women in England, by interviewing some of the individuals playing a key role in the development of this work. Second, it explored how young men actually understand and use violence prevention campaigns, by conducting focus groups with men’s university sports teams facilitated by materials from influential campaigns. After completing my PhD, among other things I have carried out research together with Professor Nicole Westmarland and Sandy Ruxton for the Government Equalities Office, about the impacts of masculine gender norms in the UK today and how to engage with men and boys about these.

I am actively involved in the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) here at Durham. Previously, I undertook a MSocSc in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare at the University of Tampere in Finland, and a BSc in Sociology at Aston University. Since I first started studying sociology, feminist ideas have had a profound impact on me, and these continue to provide the main inspiration for my work.

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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
  • Primary prevention
  • Gender norms and inequalities
  • (Pro-)Feminist social movements
  • Masculinities and Covid-19

Research Groups

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?