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Our work

Much of our research is 'applied' research undertaken in response to local, national and international policy agendas and designed to centre marginalised voices/experiences and inform policy and practice. This research also creates new knowledge and perspectives in the key areas of our focus.

SWELL’s work is organised around the following themes:

Violence against women and children, impact on well-being and marginalised groups

Over the years, SWELL has carried out pioneering studies in the area of gendered violence, its impact on well-being and on marginalised groups. These studies have made a significant contribution to legal, policy and practice change, nationally and internationally.

SWELL’s leading researchers in this area of study are Dr Ravi Thiara and Dr Christine Harrison. Both have published widely in this field.

Dr Thiara’s recent publications include:

  • (2016) (Commissioned and published by Women's Aid) Safe Not Sorry - Supporting the campaign for safer child contact
  • (2014) (editor with J. Ellis) Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls: Educational Work with Children and Young People, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • (2012) (with G. Hague, B. Ellis, R. Bashall and A. Mullender) Disabled Women and Domestic Violence: Responding to the Experiences of Survivors, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • (2011) (editor with M. Schroettle, and S. Condon) Violence Against Women and Ethnicity: Commonalities and Differences Across Europe – A Reader, London: Barbara Budrich.
  • (2010) (editor with A.K. Gill) Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities: Issues for Policy and Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Dr Harrison’s key publications include:

  • (2012) (with R. K. Thiara) ‘Children and Young People Affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse: the Role of Schools in Promoting Safety, Wellbeing and Protection’ in N. Purdy (ed) Pastoral Care, 11-16: A Critical Introduction, London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • (2006) ‘Cyberspace and Child Abuse Images: a Feminist Perspective’, Affilia 21(4): 365-379.
  • (2005) ‘Damned if you do and Damned if you Don’t? The Contradictions between Private and Public Law in Responding to Children Living with Domestic Violence’, in C. Humphreys and N. Stanley (eds) Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Directions for Good Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Political participation, civic engagement, activism (women, young people in migrant and ethnic minority communities)

Research on political participation and civic engagement has been undertaken by Dr Khursheed Wadia. This work focuses on women and young people, and examines: feminist activists in the UK; factors governing the political participation and civic engagement of women, including those from black and ethnic minority (BME), migrant and Muslim communities in Britain and France; gendered impacts of policy making and the ways in which policy is influenced and shaped by women as social and political actors.

Some key publications include:

  • (2015) ‘Women from Muslim Communities in Britain: Political and Civic Activism in the 9/11 Era’, in T. Peace (ed) Muslims and Political Participation in Britain, London: Routledge.
  • (2012) (with G. Allwood) ‘The Crisis of Multiculturalism in the UK’, in Labelle, M., Couture, J. & Remiggi, F. La Communauté politique en question. Regards croisés sur l'immigration, la citoyenneté, la diversité et le pouvoir, Montréal: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 97 – 119.
  • (2012) ‘Femmes de culture musulmane et participation politique, Hommes et Migrations (special issue ‘Musulmanes et féministes en Grande-Bretagne’, edited by D. Joly and K. Wadia), 1299: 24-31.
  • (2010) (with G. Allwood) Refugee Women in Britain and France, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • (2009) (with G. Allwood) Gender and Policy in France, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Men, masculinity and health

This research, undertaken by Dr Alan Dolan, explores the connections between men, masculinity and health. This includes an examination of the intersections of social class and masculinity for understanding current patterns of working class male health and working class men’s use of healthcare services: experiences of first time fathers about childbirth; men’s experiences of infertility and infertility treatment; and 'dads only' parenting programme designed to help fathers.

His recent publications include:

  • (2014) 'Men give in to chips and beer too easily': How working-class men make sense of gender differences in health, Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 18 (2): 146 – 162.
  • (2014) '''I've learnt what a dad should do": the interaction of masculine and fathering identities among men who attended a “dads only” parenting programme'. Sociology, 48 (4): 812 – 828.
Counselling, psychotherapy and expressive writing

The therapeutic benefits of expressive and reflective writing is the focus of Dr Jeannie Wright’s work, which is underpinned by the belief that writing enables new understandings and change.

Jeannie Wright’s recent publications include:

  • (2012) (with G. E. J. Bolton) Reflective Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy, London: Sage.