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My interests include women in society, feminism, citizenship, domestic violence and women in policing, and feminism remains the one thread which informs and inspires my work . I am course leader for Criminology and Sociology at Teesside University where I have worked within different departments for the last 20+ years writing and delivering programmes.  I have also taught Summer School and women's community classes such as South Bank Women's Centre.  I was also involved in the England-Africa Partnership in Higher Education (EAP) Project of mentoring relationship between staff at the University of Teesside, from the Kigali Institute of Education, the National University of Rwanda and the Rwandan Police.‘ Capacity Building for Degree Level Initial Police Training in Rwanda’ with British Council Funding.    More recently I worked with a colleague on Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence and had experience of being a Trustee Board member for EVA Women's Aid Redcar for several years.   I worked with colleagues at Teesside University in 2016 on a Police Crime Commissioner funded Project to explore early intervention in Domestic Violence cases involving school children in a North Eastern Town, called Operation Encompass.  I have written up a paper on policewomen’s own views of their role from participants across England and Wales with a colleague from the University of Northumbria (Cunningham and Ramshaw, 2020).  I am still a member of the Political Studies Association Women and Politics group and have written a contribution to the second volume of Honourable Ladies (Nov 2019).  I have written and developed community workshops on International Women's Day 2019 and was invited by Social Science & Humanities Research Association (SSHRA) to deliver a keynote address presenting my findings at the International Conference on Social Science & Humanities in Istanbul, Turkey https://www.tees.ac.uk/schools/ssshl/news_story.cfm?story_id=7119&this_issue_title=April%202019&this_issue=311.  I organised a Women in Criminal Justice Conference IWD 2020 with women speakers from the law, prisons and an IDVA. I was involved with the journalist, activist and author Bee Rowlatt in the Mary on the Green campaign to get a statue to commemorate the works and life of Mary Wollstonecraft in London and remain involved with the Wollstonecraft Society.  I had initial meetings with Halo Middlesbrough to discuss having a Halo hub at TU.  I am also a Trustee for The Junction Foundation in Redcar and a member of the finance and risk sub-committe.  For IWD 2021 I deivered a talk via zoom to a women and work group, London.  In Autumn 2021 I hope to complete a Women In Policing book for Routledge.




Policy Report:


Goldsack,L , Cunningham, E and  Crow, R (2016) An Evaluation of Operation Encompass (Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner)




Book Contribution:


Cunningham, E (Forthcoming / Accepted 2021) Women In Policing Theory and Practice, Routledge, which includes:




Cunningham, E (2021) 'Wollstonecraft, the 'nature of woman', and women entering the police'




Cunningham, E (2021) 'Re-emerging arguments about the nature of woman, a re-examination of the Twenty-three policewomen data and a review of policing in Australia'




Cunningham, E (2021) 'Feminist Use of Freedom of Information Requests'




Conference Contribution:


Cunningham, E August 2019 ‘International Women’s Day 2019 Research’, Keynote Speaker Istanbul. International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH)


Cunningham, E September 2021 (Forthcoming) ‘Women and Policing, crisis and change’ Keynote Speaker – Lisbon, Portugal.  International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH)




Community Engagement:


E. Cunningham (2019) IWD Designed and delivered Community workshops across the Tees Valley including Teesside University


E. Cunningham (2020) IWD Conference organiser ‘Women working in Criminal Justice’ Teesside University


E. Cunningham (2021) International Women’s Day Talk ‘Women and work’, 6-7pm, Islington, London via Teams


Trustee The Junction Foundation (June 2019-)


Member Cleveland Police Independent Advisory Group (April 2021-)


Scrutiny of Cleveland Police use of Stop and Search (April 2021-




Journal Articles:


Cunningham, E and Ramshaw, P (2020) ‘Twenty Three Women Officers experiences of policing in England: The same old story or a different story?’ International Journal of Police Science and Management Vol 22 (1) pp26-37


Cunningham, E (Forthcoming 2021) 'Crisis in Police Legitimacy in England and Wales 2021' 



Academic Biography

External positions

Independent Advisor, Cleveland Police

11 May 2021 → …

Trustee, The Junction Foundation

20 Jun 2019 → …


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