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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 in the process of completing a Masters in Education.
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. I focussed on older lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals and non-labelling individuals in same-gender relationships (LGBN). My argument was that temporality and spatiality intersect to produce uneven outcomes in later life by informing the discursive and performative production of ageing, gender and sexuality. These in turn influence unequal access to resources, recognition and representation in older age contexts, particularly relating to housing, health and social care provision.
I have been Co-Investigator/ Principal Investigator on the following funded research projects:
Other research projects on which I have been involved as project researcher/ research fellow include:
Older people’s rights in closed care contexts (PI)
In collaboration with Prof Caroline Hunter (York Law School), Prof Yvonne Birks (Social Policy Research Unit, University of York), Dr Jed Meers (York Law School) and Prof John Williams (University of Aberystwyth), I am developing a Dunhill research grant proposal for a project which will explore older people’s rights in closed care contexts.
Older LGBT people: health and social care inequalities in UK regulatory contexts (PI)
I have applied for University of York pump-priming funding to develop a large-scale proposal aimed at Wellcome, exploring older LGBT people’s health and social care inequalities in relation to healthcare 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 (deMontfort University), Dr Paul Willis (University of Bristol).
Religious and Sexual Orientation Rights Tensions in Older Age Care Spaces (PI)
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), I am putting together an ESRC research grant proposal for a project which will explore how staff and organisations with faith-based objections to same-sex relationships approach and provide care for older lesbian, gay and bisexual service users. This will be considered in relation to equality and human rights legislation and care regulations.
LGBT ‘Elder Abuse’ in UK regulatory contexts (PI)
I am developing an AHRC research grant application with Prof Catherine Donovan (Durham) to explore how older LGBT people experience abuse in later life and the ways in which they understand law affords them adequate protection and support.
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:
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a proposal.
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
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: