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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, 2019).  I am still a member of the Political Studies Association Women and Politics group and have just 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   I was involved with the journalist, activist and author Bee Rowlatt in the Mary on the Green campaign to get a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft in London and will remain involved with the Wollstonecraft Society.  I am also a Trustee for The Junction Foundation in Redcar.  In 2020 I am writing a book about feminist theory and policing practice and have been asked to take part in a women and work panel in London (probably via Zoom) this November 2020. I continue to work with Proffessor Jane Turner OBE, Pro-VC on the University working group for International Womens Day and hope to work with Halo Middlesbrough from September 2020.

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 March (Nov 2019) ‘Corri Wilson SNP Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock’ in The Honourable Ladies Volume 2 Ed. Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith, Biteback, UK

Conference Contribution:

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

 Journal Article:

Cunningham, E and Ramshaw, P (2019) ‘23 Women Officers experiences of policing in England: The same old story or a different story?’ International Journal of Police Science and Management

Academic Biography

External positions

Trustee, The Junction Foundation

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