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Dr Sue Westwood
BSc (Hons), MSc (Geront), MSc (IntPsych), DipCnsPsych, PGDip (Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights), GDL, PhD (Law), FHEA
I joined York Law School as a Lecturer in 2018 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021. I had previously taught law at Keele University, Coventry University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, had been a research fellow/research associate at several universities, including the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford, and also a Visiting Scholar at Emory Law School, Atlanta, USA.
My previous research has focused on LGBTQ+ ageing in regulatory contexts. I am currently re-aligning my research focus to women, ageing and (in)equality in regulatory contexts relating to the gendered spaces of home, care, work and retirement. My approach is feminist, intersectional and relational, with an emphasis on remedying gender/age discrimination and disadvantage in later life. I am interested in legal pluralism, particularly in how legal rules operate (potentially differently) in the (feminised) closed care contexts of home care, residential care and nursing home care.
Research projects under development
Previous research projects
For a full list of publications see York research database
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Toze, M. & Westwood, S. (2021) Unheard voices: A qualitative study of LGBT+ older people’s experiences during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Health and Social Care in the Community
Westwood, S., Hafford-Letchfield, T. and Toze, M. (2021 frth) Physical and mental well-being, risk and protective factors among older lesbians /gay women in the United Kingdom during the initial COVID-19 2020 lockdown. Journal of Women and Aging.
Toze, M., Westwood, S., and Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2021 frth) Social support and unmet needs among older trans and gender non-conforming people during the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ in the UK. International Journal of Transgender Health.
Westwood, S. (2020) The myth of ‘older LGBT+’ people: Research shortcomings and policy/practice implications for health/care provision. Journal of Aging Studies, 55, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2020.100880
Westwood, S., Willis, P., Fish, J., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Semlyen, J., King, J., Beach, B., Almack, K., Kneale, D., Toze, M. and Becares, L. (2020) Older LGBT+ Health Inequalities: Setting a research agenda. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, doi: 10.1136/jech-2019-213068.
Monographs and edited collections
Westwood, S. (Ed) (2021) Death Rights: Regulating the endings of life. Abingdon: Routledge.
Westwood, S. (Ed) (2018). Ageing, Diversity and Equality: Social justice perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge. [Successfully nominated by Routledge for the Knowledge Unlatched Open Access scheme]
Westwood, S, and Price, E. (Eds) (2016) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT*) Individuals Living with Dementia: Concepts, practice and rights. Abingdon: Routledge.
Westwood, S. (2016) Ageing, Gender and Sexuality: Equality in Later Life. Abingdon: Routledge. [Winner of the Socio Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Early Career Book Prize for 2017]
Westwood, S. (2021). Embodiment, choice and control at the beginning and ending of life: Paradoxes and contradictions. In S. Westwood (ed) Death Rights: Regulating the endings of life. Abingdon: Routledge.
Westwood, S. (2020). Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People: Socio- legal perspectives on healthcare inequalities in later life. In M.A. Jacob and A. Kirkland (Eds) Research Handbook for Socio-Legal Studies of Medicine and Health, part of Law and Society series directed by Austin Sarat (Amherst, US) and Rosemary Hunter (Queen Mary, London), London: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Bishop, J. A., & Westwood, S. (2018). Trans(gender)/gender-diverse ageing: Possibilities for reframing gendered ageing. In S. Westwood (ed) Ageing, Diversity and Equality: Social justice perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge.
Westwood, S. (2018). Which ageing ‘families’ count? Older lesbian, gay and bisexual family forms – relational legal in/exclusions in (older age) family law. In J. Herring and B. Clough, (Eds) Ageing, Gender and Family Law. Abingdon: Routledge.
Westwood, S. and Lowe, J. (2017). The hidden sexualities of older lesbians and bisexual women. In C. Barrett and M. Gott (Eds.). Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People: Theory, Policy and Practice, pp 56-69. Abingdon: Routledge.
Westwood, S. (2016) ‘Institutions, they’re very straight. My god I hope I don’t have to go into a care home’: Spatial inequalities anticipated by older lesbians and gay men. In: R. Harding R Fletcher and C Beasley (eds) ReValuing Care in Theory, Law & Policy: Cycles and Connections, pp 215-232. Abingdon: Routledge.
Sue has collaborated with a wide range of external organisations, including, in the UK,
City of York Council, Yorkshire MESMAC, LGBT Foundation, Opening Doors London, SAND (Safe Ageing, No Discrimination), and Brighton and Hove Switchboard, and internationally, SAGE USA, Fenway Health, Boston and Rainbow Health Ontario.
Honorary Secretary and member of the British Society of Gerontology.
Committee member of the British Society of Gerontology’s Special Interest Group in Care Homes Research
Peer review journals:
Ageing and Society; American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementia; Canadian Journal for Law and Society; Clinical Gerontologist; Culture, Health and Sexuality; Health Promotion Journal of Australia; Housing Studies; International Journal of Law and Psychiatry; Journal of Academic Development and Education (JADE ); Journal of Human Rights Practice; NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research); Psychology and Sexuality; Psychology of Sexualities Review; Research on Ageing; Social Epidemiology; Social Science and Medicine; Social Theory and Health; The British Journal of Sociology; The Journal of Medical Ethics; The Journal of Nursing Ethics; The Sociological Review.
Routledge and Policy Press.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I have taught/am teaching on the following modules:
I have designed, and am Module Leader for, the third-year LLB module, Law, Gender and Sexuality (LAW00064H), which is studied by both Law and Social Policy undergraduates. I have a new Module, Law and Emotion, under development.
I am Module Leader for the postgraduate law optional module, Law, Gender and Sexuality (LAW00072M)
I welcome inquiries from students interested in completing PhDs in my research areas.