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 feminist theory, activism and gender studies. I have been involved in feminist activism for over 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 Trustee of the British Sociological Assocation BSA, 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. Research interests include gender studies, animal rights, lesbian and gay studies and particularly gender identity, definitions, expressions and borders within the LGBTQI+ community. 

My new book 'Female Masculinities and the Gender Wars' is available now from Bloomsbury (2021).

Current PhD Supervision: 

Louis Gough: 'A Study of Rising Environmental and Health Orientated Veganisms and their Impact on Ethical Veganism'. Director of Studies (DOS).

Jen Martin: 'What Are the Therapuetic Qualities of Drag Experienced by Performers and Fans'. Second Supervisor.

Nicole Skidmore How do Women Reimagine Female and Non-Binary Characters Through Online Fan Fiction? Supervisory Team

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

Past Events:

Debates and solo talks How The Light Gets In philosophy festival https://iai.tv/home/speakers/finn-mackay

Articles in The Guardian on female masculinities and Radical Feminism, please see Guardian Opinion Finn Mackay | The Guardian

For more info on media appearences and public events, see 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 British Sociological Association BSA, 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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