Dr Helen Mott

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About me

I am an independent researcher & academic. My background is in social psychology. I am particularly interested in changing cultures of sexism, discrimination & violence against women & girls (VAWG).  I was a member of the UK Government & Universities UK task force on sexual harassment & sexual violence in universities, producing the "Changing the Culture" report in 2016. I spent two years at UWE co-creating & evaluating The Intervention Initiative,  a national behaviour change programme commissioned by Public Health England & forming part of the Home Office Action Plan to prevent VAWG. The Open University has published a mini-lecture where I explain the basic theories involved.

I am a past board member & vice chair of the Fawcett Society, and a founder member of Bristol Fawcett, working for girls & women across civil society, politics, VAWG, & the economy. I am a Commissioner on Bristol's Mayoral Commission for Women. I helped to develop The Bristol Ideal: a flagship programme to tackle abuse & promote healthy relationships & gender equality in schools. I am a contributor to the online learning programme, Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities.

In 2016 & 2018 I produced, with colleagues, two international reports for the British Council: on the UN’s SDGs for gender and on Women, Power & Politics in the last 100 years. I wrote the briefing "Exploring the economic impact of Brexit on Women" published by the Women's Budget Group and Fawcett in 2018.

During 2017-18 I held two specialist adviser roles in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. I advised on the development of improved policy and procedures for addressing and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence in Westminster and I was specialist adviser to the Select Committee Inquiry into the sexual harassment of women & girls in public places.

Area of expertise

Social psychology of sexism, prevention of violence against women and girls, social policy, representation, culture change. Knowledge exchange between academia, research, activism and politics.


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