Research

Some highlights of current and recent research projects by members of the network:

Alison Phipps was recently commissioned by Imperial College to conduct a study of their institutional culture, with a particular focus on gender issues, following an incident with the college’s rugby team.

Ruth Lewis is currently conducting a research project entitled ‘Feminist activism amongst young women students: a transatlantic study’, with Susan Marine (Merrimack College, USA). This study explores the feminist politics, values and activism amongst young women students in North East England and Northeastern America.

The University of the West of England is the site for ‘The Intervention Initiative‘, a project aiming to empower women and men to intervene in student ‘lad cultures’ and prevent sexual harassment and violence, led by Helen Mott, Rachel Fenton, Phil Rumney and Kieran McCartan.

Rachel Fenton and Helen Mott’s Literature review “A review of evidence for bystander intervention to prevent sexual and domestic violence in universities” was published by Public Health England.

Stand Together is an action research project that is taking place at the University of Lincoln to tackle the issue of gender-based violence. It entails peer education programmes involving student volunteers, a poster campaign and a theatre project facilitated by Scottish Women’s Aid, White Ribbon Campaign and Tender. The project is being conducted by a team of researchers – Sundari Anitha, Ana Jordan, Jill Jameson, Claire Markham (Schools of Social and Political Sciences), Zowie Davy (School of Health and Social Care) and Aylwyn Walsh (School of Fine and Performing Art) and is funded by the College of Social Sciences.

Carolyn Jackson (Lancaster) and Vanita Sundaram (York) have recently completed a project entitled ‘Are ‘lad cultures’ a problem in higher education? Exploring the perspectives and responses of HEI staff‘.

In 2013, Isabel Young and Alison Phipps coauthored the report ‘That’s What She Said: women’s experiences of ‘lad culture’ in higher education‘, commissioned by NUS.

In 2012, Renate Klein (with Marilyn Freeman) released the report from an interview study on university responses to forced marriage and violence against women in the UK, and in 2013 they coauthored a report on a larger study focusing on forced marriage in particular, funded by the Forced Marriage Unit.

Alison Phipps was involved with the 2010 report ‘Hidden Marks‘, a survey of over 2000 women students conducted by NUS, which found that 1 in 7 had experienced serious physical or sexual assault and 68 percent sexual harassment, during their studies.

Between 2009-2011 Trishima Mitra-Kahn was one of the lead researchers in a Europe-wide project on gender-based violence, stalking and fear of crime, with partners in Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK.