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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.
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 shape 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 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.
Religious and Sexual Orientation Rights Tensions in Older Age Care Spaces
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.
Mobilising law in relation to LGBT-discriminatory dementia care
In collaboration with several other colleagues, I am putting together a research grant proposal for a project which will explore how law could be better mobilised to challenge dementia care which discriminates against older LGBT people.
LGBT ‘Elder Abuse’ in UK regulatory contexts
In collaboration with Prof. Catherine Donovan (Durham, PI)) I am putting together a research grant proposal for a project which will explore how older LGBT people experience abuse in later life and the ways in which they understand law to afford them (in)sufficient protection from harm and support in response to harm.
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: