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Dr Sue Westwood
BSc (Hons), MSc (Geront), GDL, PGDip (Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights), PhD (Law), FHEA
I am a feminist socio-legal scholar and a critical gerontologist, interested in how age(ing), gender and sexuality intersect and interact with law. I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate law at: Keele Law School; Coventry Law School; the Open University; and the Southwest University of Political Science & Law (SWUPL), Chongqing, China. I have been a visiting scholar at Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA and at Emory Law School, Emory University, Atlanta, USA. I have previously been a research fellow at the University of Leeds, University of Oxford, University of Southampton and University of Surrey.
My monograph, Ageing, Gender and Sexuality: Equality in Later Life (2016, Routledge) won the Socio Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Early Career Book Prize for 2017.
I am academic lead for York Law School's student law journal, York Law Review.
I am a member of York Law School's Health and Well-being research cluster. My PhD thesis explored, from a feminist social justice perspective, how ageing, gender and sexuality intersect to influence (in)equality in later life within UK regulatory contexts.
Older LGBT people: health and healthcare inequalities in the UK
I am Principal Investigator (PI) on a University of York pump-priming funded project the aim of which is to develop a large-scale research grant application which will be submitted to Wellcome. The project will explore older LGBT people’s health and care inequalities in relation to health/care rights, human rights and the Equality Act 2010. This project is in collaboration with Prof Yvonne Birks (Social Policy Research Unit, University of York), Prof Julie Fish (De Montfort University), Dr Paul Willis (University of Bristol). Additional project partners on the application under development are from: the University of Surrey; the University of Sussex; the University of Hertfordshire; the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; the University of Lincoln; and the International Longevity Centre, UK.
Older people’s human rights in closed care contexts (OPHRICC)
I am PI on a research grant application currently under development in collaboration with Prof Caroline Hunter (York Law School), Prof Yvonne Birks (Social Policy Research Unit, University of York), Prof Paul Gready (Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York) and Dr Jed Meers (York Law School).
Intersection of religious freedoms, gender diversity and/or sexuality rights in long-term older age care provision in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia (IREGS)
I am PI on an ESRC research grant application currently under development in collaboration with Prof Nancy Knauer (Beasley Law School, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA), Prof Mark Hughes (Southern Cross University, Queensland, Australia) and Dr Alisa Grigorovich (University of Toronto, Canada).
Using the arts to understand elder abuse in UK regulatory contexts
I am PI on an AHRC research grant application currently under development in collaboration with Prof Catherine Donovan (University Durham). The project will use the arts to explore how older LGBT people understand abuse in later life, identify risk and protective factors, and explore barriers and facilitators to help-seeking, within regulatory contexts.
I am currently editing a volume entitled Death Rights: Regulating the ending of life. With contributions from leading academics, the book critically interrogates the UK’s current prohibitions on assisted dying and euthanasia.
I am happy to consider supervision of PhD dissertations in the following areas in relation to:
Please see a full list of my publications, other outputs and activities in the York research database
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association
Member of the Law and Society Association
Member of the British Society of Gerontology
Submitted written evidence on older LGBT Health and Healthcare Inequalities to the Women & Equalities Committee inquiry into Health and social care and LGBT communities
Reviewer for: NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research; BPS Psychology of Sexualities Review; Ageing and Society; British Journal of Sociology; Journal of Nursing Ethics; Social Theory and Health; Journal of Academic Development and Education (JADE); and Hart Publishing.
Reviewed factsheet on LGBT people and dementia for Alzheimer’s Society (2017).
Provided Stonewall Housing with legal position briefing paper relating to specialist older LGBT housing and the Equality Act 2010 (2017).
Associate Lecturer in Law (p/t) with the Open University.
I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently teach on the following courses: