Dr Finn Mackay

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  • Qualifications:PhD (University of Bristol); MSc Social Policy Research (University of Bristol); MA Gender, Culture & Modernity (Goldsmiths College, University of London); BA Hons Women's Studies (Lancaster University)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer - Sociology
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84425
  • Email:Finn.Mackay@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

My area of research is contemporary British feminism and feminist activism. I am particularly interested in changes in this social movement from the Second Wave of the 1970s and 1980s to the present day. I have been involved in feminist activism for twenty years, founding the London Feminist Network and revived London Reclaim the Night in 2004. Prior to returning to academia, my professional background was in education and youth work, where I worked on domestic violence prevention and anti-bullying. I am still proudly involved with the women's sector, conducting work and research for organisations such as Women's Aid. I am a member of the Bristol Women's Commission Women's Safety Taskforce, an Ambassador for the Workers' Educational Association and a Trustee of the Feminist Archive. I am passionate about all social justice issues and equalities. Other research interests include gender studies, animal rights, lesbian and gay studies and particularly gender identity, definitions, expressions and borders within the LGBTQI+ community. I am currently researching lesbian and queer masculinities in the UK, in the context of the so-called 'gender wars'.

Current PhD Supervision: 

"Making Our Experience Heard: Queer Teachers’ Stories". (2nd Supervisor)

I welcome enquiries for PhD supervision in my areas of interest. 


My TEDx Covent Garden talk is now live, on the topic of why Feminism is NOT about equality. The talk can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVB7BWHaUT4

Past Events:

All my debates and solo talks at the How The Light Gets In philosophy festival can be viewed at https://iai.tv/home/speakers/finn-mackay

2019 Keynote speaker at conference MeToo and the Future of Gender Relations, Kent University

May 2019 Presented paper at AHRC Network launch Masculinities, Sexuality and Popular Culture, Birmingham City University

June 2019 Hosted Professor Jack Halbserstam at sold-out event at the Arnolfini to give public lecture on 'Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability'

I spoke at Reclaim the Night Gloucestershire - Friday 24th November, Cheltenham

I spoke at the Somerset ​​& Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse AGM on the 2nd November in central Bristol held in the conference centre of the legal firm ​Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

For more information on media appearences and public events, see my personal website https://www.drfinnmackay.co.uk/


Area of expertise

I speak and write regularly on feminist activism, feminist theory, male violence against women and women's liberation, including frequent media appearences on national radio and television, as well as public debates. I was the individual winner of the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize in 2010 for my work against male violence against women and children. I am a Trustee of The Feminist Archive, a member of the Bristol Women's Commission Women's Safety Taskforce and an Ambassador for the Workers' Educational Association. 

My book on feminist activism in the UK is available from Palgrave. 'Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement' (2015). More details and reviews here


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