|Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology|
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.
- Sexual Violence
- Existential phenomenology
- Simone de Beauvoir
- Female embodiment
- Lived experience of pornography
- Sexual harassment
- Violence and Abuse
- 2016: Phenomenology, Pornography and Women's Embodiment(£88360.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)
- 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.
Available for media contact about:
- Sociology: Street harassment
- Gender and law: Sexual violence
- Sociology: Pornography
- 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.
- 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
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. (2020). The Authority of Pornography. In Gender and Authority across Disciplines, Space and Time. Bardazzi, A. & Bazzoni, A. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 291-312.
- 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. & 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. (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, McGlynn, Clare, Kureshi, Ibad & Butterby, Kate (2021). Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography. British Journal of Criminology
- 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, 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. & 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. & 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). Sexual harassment: It's all part of growing up. The Conversation
- Vera-Gray, F. (2017). 100 Women: The 'right amount' of panic for women in public. BBC World
- 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). The hidden work of being a woman in public. The F-Word
- 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
- 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. (2016). Men's intrusion: rethinking street harassment. Open Democracy 50:50
- Vera-Gray, F. (2015). Britain's rape crisis: Why won't the Government guarantee support for survivors? The Telegraph