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Dr Sue Regan

Honorary Research Fellow

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Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology  


Sue was appointed as a Teaching Fellow (Sociology) at Durham in September 2019. She has previously taught at both Northumbria and Sunderland Universities across a range of sociology, criminology, politics and health modules, with a focus on gender and violence. She completed her PhD in gender, legitimacy and representation in July 2019.

Previously, Sue had a professional career in local government in policy advice, development and co-ordination. She worked closely with political leaders and senior executives in both regional and local government; and with a range of representatives from the public, private and third sectors in strategic and neighbourhood partnerships. Sue has a background in women’s community development and equality, diversity and inclusion practice.

Sue is also a founding member of the Gender and Society Research Hub, Northumbria University (2013); and she has co-organised a number of public events which research, record, debate and disseminate the political, social and community activism of women in the North East of England.


  • SOCI40630 Gender, Violence and Abuse
  • SOCI3501 Criminal Justice and the Sex Industry

Research Interests:

  • Feminist theories and methodologies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Feminist activism
  • Social, community and political participation
  • Gender and political representation


Robinson, F., Shaw, K. and Regan, S. (2017) Who Runs the North East Now? Durham University.

Selected Conference Papers:

2018 ‘Local Government and Gender Equality: Still Too Much to Ask?’, Roundtable with Fawcett Society and IPPR, 66th Political Studies Association conference, Cardiff UK (March)

2017 ‘Women Community Leaders and the Representation of Women’, 65th Political Studies Association (PSA) international conference, Sheffield, UK (April)

2017 ‘Centring Feminism: Connections between Elected and Non-elected Women Representatives’, at ESRC Seminar ‘Feminizing Politics’, Birkbeck University, London (January)

2015 ‘Representation at the Local Level: What’s Gender got to do with it?’, 4th European Conference of Politics and Gender, Uppsala University, Sweden (June)

2013 Provocation: ‘Context and Controversies’, at Greenham Women’s Peace Camp 30th anniversary conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (December)

2012 ‘Women in the Neighbourhood: Critical Actors or Agents of Change?’, Policy and Politics 40th anniversary conference, Bristol, UK (September)