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I actively welcome all PhD inquiries in the field of men's violence against women and girls


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Personal Statement

Melanie McCarry is the Programme Director for the Undergraudate Social Policy degree programme. Melanie is also the research lead for the Scottish Government funded research Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) and Equaly Safe in Colleges and Universities (ESCU). The first phase of the research led to the creation of a Toolkit, freely available for all Scottish higher and further education instutions. This was followed by a Letter of Guidance from the Universities and Colleges Minister requiring all Scottish HEs and FEs to implement the toolkit to tackle campus based male violence and abuse. 

Melanie’s areas of expertise is on men's violence against women, children and young people including abuse in young people’s intimate relationships; domestic abuse in same sex relationships, sexual and other forms of abuse towards and by staff and students in education settings; forced marriage; gender roles and relations; participatory methods; and research ethics. She has published widely and her recent research led to a change in the UK definition of domestic abuse to include 16 and 17 year olds. Melanie sits on the UK and Scottish Government expert groups on men's violence against women and girls, and is a member of various national and international research communities.


Research Interests

Melanie is co Primary Investigator (with Anni Donaldosn and Roisin McGoldrick) on a Scottish Government funded reseaarch project implemeting the Scottish Government Violencee Against Women and Girl's policy Equally Safe in higher and further education settings.

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • 2011-2012    Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Bristol.
  • Oct 00-Oct 03     Ph.D. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Thesis: The Connection between Domestic Violence and Masculinity: What Young People Think. Funded: University of Bristol Scholarship
  • Oct 99-Sept 00    M.Phil. (Distinction) Dept. of History with an Emphasis on the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow.  Thesis: Medical and Social Attitudes Towards Women and Alcohol, 1875-1914. Funded: Wellcome Trust.
  • Oct 96-July 99    B.A.(Hons) (First Class) Sociology and Social Policy, Glasgow Caledonian University.  Dissertation: Sexual Violence against Women and Girls in Glasgow.

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Research Output

Forced marriage, coercive control, and conducive contexts: the experiences of women in Scotland

Chantler, K. & McCarry, M., 31 Jan 2020, In : Violence Against Women. 26, 1, p. 89-109 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    16 Downloads (Pure)

    Staff and student experiences and psychological impact of gender-based violence on campus

    Kossurok, A. & McCarry, M., 2 May 2019, p. 67-68. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Nominated Honorary Degree

    Melanie McCarry (Recipient), 24 Jun 2019

    Prize: Honorary degree

  • Strathclyde Medal Award

    Melanie McCarry (Recipient), 28 Sep 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence

    Melanie McCarry (Participant)
    1 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence

    Melanie McCarry (Participant)
    1 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference