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Academic Biography


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 in terms of research, teaching and practice to date. This area of interest includes academic as well as political passion and practical help for women.  I am a senior lecturer in Criminology at Teesside University where I have worked within different departments for the last 20+ years writing and delivering undergraduate, postgraduate and police officers programmes as well as writing and delivering foundation and 'top-up' degree programmes for police officers.  I have also assessed students on TROCN courses for Lifelong Learning and 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 just 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 (forthcoming 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 (forthcoming 2019) am a member of Athena Swan at Teesside and have written and developed community workshops on International Women's Day 2019. In August 2019 I have been invited by Social Science & Humanities Research Association (SSHRA) to deliver a keynote address presenting my International Women's Day findings and will preside over 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 am also involved in the Mary on the Green campaign to get a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft in London and will be involved in fundraising summer 2019.

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 2019 (Forthcoming, September) ‘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