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Dr Sue Westwood
BSc (Hons), MSc (Geront), MSc (IntPsych), DipCnsPsych, PGDip (Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights), GDL, PhD (Law), FHEA
I am a feminist socio-legal scholar, having career-changed from social work, counselling psychology and psychotherapy. I was a postgraduate research fellow at the University of Leeds, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Surrey and Middlesex University. I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate law at Keele University, and undergraduate law at Coventry University, the Open University, and the Southwest University of Political Science & Law (SWUPL), Chongqing, China. I was a visiting scholar at Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA (2016) and Emory Law School, Emory University, Atlanta, USA (2015).
I am Academic Lead for York Law School's student law journal, York Law Review (@yorklawreview) and a member of York Law School’s Athena SWAN gender equality steering group. I was a member/chair of the University of York’s Standing Academic Misconduct Panels 2018-2019.
My PhD thesis explored, taking a feminist socio-legal approach, how temporality and spatiality shape uneven outcomes in later life, by informing the discursive and performative production of ageing, gender and sexuality, which in turn influence access to the equality issues of resources and recognition. Locating older lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals’ concerns about future formal care needs in spatial terms, I considered this in terms of practices of both power and resistance in those spaces.
While continuing to research ageing, diversity and equality, I am also developing my interest in law, power and space, specifically in relation to emerging technologies. I co-convene York Law School's Health and Well-being research cluster.
Oct 2019 – Westwood, S. Identifying Older Lesbians’ Housing, Care and Support Needs in Calderdale, UK. (University of York ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund), £5,062 (PI)
Feb 2019 – July 2019 Westwood, S., Fish, J., Willis, P., Birks, Y. Older LGBTQ Health and Care Inequalities in the UK - Developing a collaborative research network. (University of York Research Priming), £8,350 (PI)
2018 – Fox, M. Westwood, S., Ray, M. ‘“He means the world to me”: Human rights implications of separating older people from their pets in residential care/nursing homes.’ £77,184.00 (CI) [Withdrew due to change in academic positions]
2017 - Westwood, S. ‘LGBT 'elder abuse': Scoping future research possibilities (Law School Internal Research Grant & Keele Centre for Ageing Research Grant): £400 (PI)
2017 - Westwood, S. ‘A Right to Die?’ – Socio-legal perspectives’ conference (Law School Internal Research Grant): £1,030 (PI)
2015 - Carey, N, Westwood, S, Cook, D., et al. The Multiple Sclerosis Society Models of Excellence Literature Reviews: Information Advice and Advocacy (PI); Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing (CI); Co-ordination of treatment, care and support (CI): £43,708.
2015 King, A. Westwood, S. and Stoneman, P. [University of Surrey] Pump priming for ‘SAFE’ Older LGBT Housing Equality survey. University of Surrey, £13,685. (CI)
2015 King, A. and Westwood, S. Intersections of Ageing, Gender, Sexualities (i-ages) research conference: £3,500. (Institute of Advanced Studies) (CI)
2013-5 King, A., Almack, K., Yiu-Sung, T., Westwood, S. Older LGBT People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. (ESRC Seminar Series grant): £14,505. (CI)
Current research grant applications
CI on White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Collaborative Award 2020/21 application for a PhD studentship in collaboration with the City of York Council's Age Friendly York initiative. [Professor Simon Halliday PI]
Previous research grant applications
I am interested in, and open to, supervising PhD students researching: law, gender and sexuality; ageing in regulatory contexts; law and spatiality.
For a full list of publications see York research database
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, now pursuing Senior Fellow status. I teach on the following modules:
I am also Module Leader for the third-year LLB module, Law, Gender and Sexuality, which is studied by both Law and Social Policy students.
I am Module Leader for the postgraduate law optional module, Law, Gender and Sexuality (commencing 2020-1) available to students on York Law School’s LLM Law, LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice, and LLM Legal and Political Theory