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Sue Scott

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I studied Sociology at Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria), and at Lancaster and Manchester Universities. I worked as a researcher on various projects before taking up a lectureship in Sociology at Manchester University in 1986. I then moved to Stirling becoming a Professor in 1997 and moving on to a Chair at Durham in 1999 where I later became Postgraduate Dean. In 2004 I moved to Keele University as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and then to Glasgow Caledonian as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research in 2009 - I retired from this post at the end of 2012. I continued to pursue sociological research and writing alongside my senior management career and have had an ongoing collaboration with Stevi Jackson since 1993. I have held research awards from ESRC, MRC, The Leverhulme Trust and the NHS and have successfully supervised 22 PhD students. I have been a feminist since I was 17 and continue to be committed to the development of feminist ideas and to encouraging the influence of feminism in social science.

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of Gender, Sexuality and Risk and I have undertaken empirical work on Young People's Sexual Behaviour; Sex Education; Children and Risk Anxiety and on Risk and Routines in the context of Domestic Kitchen Practices. I am currently exploring the utility of Practice Theory for the Sociology of Sexuality.

Professional activities

I have been a member of the British Sociological Association since 1975 and have served two terms on the Executive Committee. I was BSA President from 2007-9. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of its Policy Working Group. I have been a member of the ESRC Grants Board and am currently a member of the ESRC's Advisory Group on the Future of Research in the UK and Scotland - in the context of the Scottish Referendum. I am also a member of the International Advisory Board for the University of Helsinki and I hold a Honorary Professorial Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

Selected and recent publications

Jackson, S and Scott, S (2013) ‘Embodying Sociology’ in Holmwood, J and Scott, J (eds) The History of Sociology, London: Palgrave

Jackson, S and Scott, S (2013)’ A History of Researching Childhood and Sexuality: Continuities and Discontinuities’ in Renold, E et al Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation, London: Palgrave

Jackson, S and Scott, (2010) Theorising Sexuality Open University Press/McGraw Hill

Jackson, S. and Scott, S (2010) ‘Rehabilitating Interactionism for a Feminist Sociology of Sexuality’ Sociology 44:811-826

Jackson, S. and Scott, S. (2007) ‘Faking like a Woman: Towards and Interpretivist Theorisation of Sexual Pleasure Body and Society 13:2 95-116

Henderson, M. et al (2006)‘Impact of a theoretically based sex education programme (SHARE) delivered by teachers on NHS registered conceptions and terminations: final results of cluster randomised trial’ British Medical Journal doi:10.1136/bmj.39014.503692.55 (5)

Martens, L and Scott, S (2005) ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Cleaning’ Consumption, Markets and Culture Vol 8(3) 371-409 (6/7)

Martens, L, Southerton, D and Scott, S (2004)‘Bringing Children and Parents into the Sociology of Consumption: Towards a theoretical and empirical agenda’ Journal of Consumer Culture Vol 4(2) 155-182 (6/7)

Jackson, S and Scott, S. (2004) ‘The Personal is still Political: Heterosexuality, feminism and monogamy’ Feminism and Psychology

Jackson, S. and Scott, S. (2004) ‘Anxiety, Excess and Desire: Antimonies of sexuality in late modernity’ Sexualities Vol 7 (2) pp 233-248 (4) 3*

Scott, S and Jackson, S (eds) (2000) Gender: A Reader Routledge. in the New Key Areas in Sociology Series, Series Editor: Chris Jenks.

Scott, S; Jackson, S and Backett-Milburn, K. ‘Swings and Roundabouts: Risk Anxiety and the Everyday Worlds of Children’ Sociology 32:4 November 1998

Rivers, K. Aggleton, Scott, S.(et al) ‘Gender Relations, Sexual Communication and the Female Condom’ Critical Public Health 8:4 Autumn 1998

Rivers, K. Aggleton, Scott, S.(et al) ‘Gender Relations, Sexual Communication and the Female Condom’ Critical Public Health 8:4 Autumn 1998

Jackson, S and Scott, S ‘Gut Reactions to matters of the Heart: Rationality, irrationality and sexuality’ Sociological Review Vol 45 No 4 November 1997.

Scott, S and Watson-Brown, L. ‘The Beast, the Family and the innocent children’ Trouble and Strife No. 36 1997.

Jackson, S & Scott, S (1996) Feminism and Sexuality: A Reader Edinburgh University Press and Columbia University Press

Scott S & Freeman R ‘Prevention as a Problem of Modernity: the example of HIV and AIDS’ Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph on Risk and Health ed. Gabe, J. November 1995.

Scott, S. & Morgan, DHJ. (1993) Body Matters: Essays on the Sociology of the Body Basingstoke, Falmer.

Holland, J. Ramazanoglu, C. Scott, S. Sharpe, S. & Thomson, R. (1992) ‘Risk, Power and the Possibility of Pleasure: Young Women and Safer Sex’ in AIDS CARE Vol 4 No 3

McNeil, M. Scott, S. et al (1986) ‘Teaching Gender: Struggle and Change in Sociology’ in Sociology Vol. 20 No. 33

Scott, S. (1985) ‘The Personable and the Powerful: Gender and Status in Sociological Research’ in Bell, C. & Roberts, H. (Eds) Social Researching: Problems, Politics & Practice RKP, London.

Scott, S. & Porter, M. (1983) ‘On the Bottom Rung: Women and Women’s Work Sociology’ Women’s Studies International Forum Vol.6 No.2.

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