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People

Director

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Professor Sylvia Walby

Sylvia Walby OBE is Director of the Violence and Society Centre and Professor of Sociology.  She directs the UKRI/MRC/PRP Consortium on ‘Violence, Health and Society’.  She is Chair of the REF2021 Sociology Sub-Panel, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and holds the Anneliese Maier Award from the Humboldt Foundation.  She is co-author of The Concept and Measurement of Violence against Women and Men (BUP, 2017).


Researchers

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Sally McManus

Sally McManus is a Senior Lecturer in Health in the Violence and Society Centre. She is also affiliated with the National Centre for Social Research and has previously been funded by UKRI ESRC and NIHR. Her expertise in quantitative research methods and the measurement of mental health focuses on population trends and the social determinants of mental health, including the role played by violence and abuse.


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Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa

Estela Capelas Barbosa is a Senior Research Fellow in the Violence and Society Centre. She is a member of the peer-review panel for the NIHR Health Inequalities Research Initiative and has previously been funded by UKRI ESRC, NIHR and Department of Health and Social Care. Her expertise is in economics, economic and statistical modelling, with an emphasis on social welfare and health economics.


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Dr Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth Cook is a Lecturer in Sociology in the Violence and Society Centre. She is a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford and has previously been funded by the UKRI ESRC. Her expertise in qualitative research methods focuses on fatal violence, gender, family, and voluntary sector responses to violence. She is the author of Family Activism in the Aftermath of Fatal Violence (Routledge, 2021).


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Dr Jessica Corsi

Jessica Corsi is a Lecturer in Law in the Violence and Society Centre. She has previously worked for the United Nations and Human Rights Watch. Her expertise spans public international law, regional law, and domestic law, combining traditional legal and social science research methods to understand how the law can prevent and alleviate violence and foster substantive and transformative equality.


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Dr Alexandria Innes

Alexandria Innes is a Lecturer in International Relations in the Violence and Society Centre. She has previously been funded by the UKRI AHRC-ESRC. Her expertise in the international politics of migration is situated at the intersection of migration studies and critical security studies in international relations. She is the author of Postcolonial Citizenship and Transnational Identity (Routledge, 2020).


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Dr Riikka Kotanen

Riikka Kotanen is a Lecturer in Sociology in the Violence and Society Centre. She has previously been funded by the Academy of Finland and the Kone Foundation. Her expertise is in policy responses in regulation and control of gendered and generational violence in the private sphere and within families, and sexual violence.


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Merili Pullerits

Merili Pullerits is a PhD Candidate and Research Associate in the Violence and Society Centre. She has previously worked at the National Centre for Social Research. Her expertise is in the measurement of domestic violence and coercion, and trafficking in human beings. Her current research involves using the Crime Survey for England and Wales to examine the implications of varying the conceptualisation of domestic violence for its profile and quantity.


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Hannah Manzur

Hannah Manzur is a PhD Candidate and Research Associate in the Violence and Society Centre. She has previously worked as a Gender Policy Advisor at the European Parliament. Her doctoral research explores the relationship between gender, violence and Brexit, focusing on the impact of Brexit on rates of and responses to violence against women and girls in the UK.


Centre Manager

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Catherine Hurley

Catherine is the Manager of the Violence and Society Centre and Project Manager of the UKPRP Violence, Health and Society Consortium. She is the lead on all aspects of non-academic activity for the Centre and supports the Directorin the co-ordination of Consortium activity.