Sociology Department Staff
Dr Stephen Burrell
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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- Burrell, S.R. & Flood, M. (2019). Which feminism? Dilemmas in profeminist men's praxis to end violence against women. Global Social Welfare 6(4): 231-244.
- Burrell, S.R. (2018). The contradictory possibilities of engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in the UK. Journal of Gender-Based Violence 2(3): 447-464.
- Burrell, S.R. & Sagmeister, M. (2017). Conference Report: Political masculinities as agents of change, Anglia Ruskin University, 9–11 December 2016. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies 12(1): 80-84.
- Burrell, S.R. (2016). The invisibility of men's practices: Problem representations in British and Finnish social policy on men's violences against women. Graduate Journal of Social Science 12(3): 69-93.
Chapter in book
- Burrell, S.R. (2020). Male agents of change and disassociating from the problem in the prevention of violence against women. In Masculine Power and Gender Equality: Masculinities as Change Agents. Luyt, R. & Starck, K. Cham: Springer. 35-54.
- Burrell, S.R. (2019). Engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in England. Department of Sociology. Durham University. PhD: 1-284.
- Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2020). Coronavirus reveals just how deep macho stereotypes run through society. The Conversation
- Burrell, S.R. (2020). The climate crisis as masculine violence? Engaging men in caring for the planet. Leverhulme Trust
- Burrell, S.R. (2019). It's time men take on the responsibility for ending male violence. White Ribbon UK
- Burrell, S.R. (2018). Changing men and masculinities in the wake of #MeToo. British Sociological Association
- Ruxton, S. & Burrell, S.R. (2020). Masculinities and COVID-19: Making the Connections. Promundo-US.
- Westmarland, N. & Burrell, S.R. (2019). Perpetrators in the early stages of help-seeking: Views of service users. London, Respect.
- Burrell, S.R. & Westmarland, N. (2019). The voices of male victims: Understanding men's experiences of the Men's Advice Line. London, Respect.
- Intimate partner violence
- Men's violence against women
- Critical studies on men and masculinities
- Primary prevention
- Gender norms and inequalities
- (Pro-)Feminist social movements
- Why do some men take a public stance against men's violence against women, and how can more men be encouraged to do so?