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Research into Sexual Violence Against Boys & Men

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentships

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All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on projects related to sexual violence against boys and men are often housed in the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences, but there are many other areas of the University in which researchers working on particular social science projects may be based.

Sexual violence is an endemic problem in all societies. In recent years there has been greater recognition of sexual violence against boys and men, but there is a need for much more research in this area. Building on previous research with male survivors, national and international partnerships, and relationships with organisations offering support for victims, we now seek to further support knowledge development and professional expertise in this field through doctoral studies. We welcome applications related to any aspect of the male experience of sexual violence, particularly where it relates to socio-cultural dynamics and institutional processes.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area webpages. All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

Please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to Sexual violence against boys and men to Professor Mike Hartill by emailing stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

Research Themes:

  • Gendered discourses and approaches to sexual violence;
  • survivor experience (e.g., disclosure, response, risk factors, effects, access to therapy);
  • general and specialist support services (such as SARCs and ISVAs);
  • victimisation and law enforcement;
  • specific socio-cultural domains or institutions (e.g., sport, religion, music);
  • perpetrator characteristics and behaviour;
  • prevalence and incidence.