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 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. 

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​ 

Upcoming Events:

May 2018 - I am speaking at two debates at the philosophy and mustic festival in Hay on Wye, 'How The Light Gets In'. One debate on the future of gender with Professor Halberstam and Angela Eagle MP. Second debate on pornography and power with Peter Tatchell. More information here: https://hay.htlgi.iai.tv/programme-page​

​June 4th - I am proud to be hosting a public lecture by Professor Jack Halberstam visting from the US, speaking on their new book 'Trans: A Quick & Quirky Account of Gender Variability'. Public lecture at the Arnolfini. More info here, tickets on sale soon ​https://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=22657

Past Events:

I spoke at Reclaim the Night Gloucestershire - Friday 24th November, Cheltenham ​​http://www.glosrasac.org/reclaim-the-night-24-11-2017/​

I spoke at Reclaim the Night Bristol, Saturday 25th November https://www.facebook.com/events/1389135881199198/​
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.

I spoke at the Bristol Festival of the Future City on the 19th of October 2017, on a panel discussing – If Women Built Cities https://www.futurecityfestival.co.uk/events/if-women-built-cities/


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, and an Ambassador for the Worker's Educational Association. 

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


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