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Dr Stephen Burrell

Assistant Professor (Research)

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Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology104, 29 Old Elvet 
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


I am currently undertaking a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship exploring the connections between the climate crisis and masculine violence, and how to engage men and boys in building more caring relationships with the environment. Myself and colleagues also run a monthly podcast about our research, 'Now and Men: Current conversations about men's lives'.

I completed my PhD at Durham in 2019, which investigated work with men and boys to prevent men’s violence against women in England, including how young men make sense of violence prevention campaigns. Subsequently I undertook an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship on the role of the business sector and workplaces in preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality, and how to engage more men in such efforts. I have also undertaken research with Prof Nicole Westmarland and Sandy Ruxton for the Government Equalities Office about the impacts of masculine gender norms in the UK today, which resulted in a report and engagement toolkit. We have co-authored a book with international colleagues, 'Men's Activism to End Violence Against Women: Voices from Spain, Sweden and the UK', published by Policy Press in 2021 and available open access.

My research has examined the gendered impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This has included co-authoring a Promundo report with Ruxton on the connections between masculinities and Covid-19, researching the consequences of the pandemic for work with men and boys in Europe, and how to build gender equality in the North East business sector in the wake of Covid-19. I have also investigated with Westmarland and others the experiences of male victims of domestic abuse during the pandemic.

I am a trustee for White Ribbon UK and co-chair the steering group for Changing Relations CIC. Since I first started studying sociology, feminist ideas have had a profound impact on me, and these continue to provide the primary inspiration for my work. As a result, I am also interested in the varied ways in which men respond to feminism.

Follow me on Twitter: @the_daily_panda

Research interests

  • Men and masculinities
  • Violence and abuse
  • Primary prevention
  • Gender inequality
  • Environmental harm
  • Masculinities and Covid-19
  • (Pro-)Feminist social movements

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?


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Doctoral Thesis

  • 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.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2022). Roe v Wade: Men benefit from abortion rights too – and should speak about them more. The Conversation
  • Burrell, S.R. (2022). Conversing about men and masculinities – An example of public sociology through podcasting. Everyday Society
  • Burrell, S.R., Westmarland, N. & Ruxton, S. (2021). Sarah Everard, police culture and the 'masculinised' workplaces we can all help change. The Conversation
  • Burrell, S.R. (2021). Gareth Southgate’s England team have shown us more caring ways of being a man. Transforming Society
  • Baker, B., Alemann, C., Burrell, S.R., Griffith, D.M., Heidari, S., Kelland, J., Lal, A. & Mukherjee, S. (2021). Men and COVID-19: Where’s the policy? BMJ Global Health
  • Burrell, S.R., Westmarland, N. & Ruxton, S. (2021). How men can be allies to women right now. The Conversation
  • Burrell, S.R. (2020). The climate crisis as masculine violence? Engaging men in caring for the planet. Leverhulme Trust
  • Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2020). Coronavirus reveals just how deep macho stereotypes run through society. The Conversation
  • 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


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