Dr Melanie McCarry


Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

Melanie’s areas of expertise is on men's violence against women, children and young people including abuse in young people’s intimate relationships; domestic abuse in same sex relationships, sexual and other forms of abuse towards and by staff and students in education settings; forced marriage; gender roles and relations; participatory methods; and research ethics. She has published widely and works closely with practitioners and activitists.

In addition to teching on the undergraduate BA Social Policy and MSc Social Policy programmes, Melanie is research active. She recently completed work on the Scottish Government funded research Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) and Equaly Safe in Colleges and Universities (ESCU) which created a Toolkit for tackling gender based violence on campus. This Toolkit is freely available for all Scottish higher and further education instutions. The Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council now require all Scottish univeristies to implement the Toolkit in their efforts to tackle gender-based violence. 


Prizes and awards

Principal’s Special Award
Strathclyde Medal Award

More prizes and awards


  • 2011-2012    Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Bristol.
  • Oct 00-Oct 03     Ph.D. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Thesis: The Connection between Domestic Violence and Masculinity: What Young People Think. Funded: University of Bristol Scholarship
  • Oct 99-Sept 00    M.Phil. (Distinction) Dept. of History with an Emphasis on the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow.  Thesis: Medical and Social Attitudes Towards Women and Alcohol, 1875-1914. Funded: Wellcome Trust.
  • Oct 96-July 99    B.A.(Hons) (First Class) Sociology and Social Policy, Glasgow Caledonian University.  Dissertation: Sexual Violence against Women and Girls in Glasgow.


The equality paradox : sexual harassment and gender inequality in a UK university
McCarry Melanie, Jones Cassandra
Journal of Gender Studies (2021)
The Significance of Culture in the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in Universities
McCarry Melanie, Jones Cassandra, Donaldson Anni
Gender-based Violence in Higher Education: Theory, Policy and Practice (2021) (2021)
Equally Safe on Campus : Research Report
McCarry Melanie, Jones Cassandra, Kossurok Anke
What helps? Mothers' and children's experiences of community-based domestic violence early intervention services
McCarry Melanie, Radford Lorraine, Baker Victoria
Child Abuse Review Vol 30, pp. 114-129 (2021)
Forced marriage, coercive control, and conducive contexts : the experiences of women in Scotland
Chantler Khatidja, McCarry Melanie
Violence Against Women Vol 26, pp. 89-109 (2020)
[redacted – name of university 2]: RESEARCH REPORT Equally Safe on Campus.
McCarry Melanie, Jones Cassandra

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Research interests

Melanie is co Primary Investigator (with Anni Donaldosn and Roisin McGoldrick) on a Scottish Government funded reseaarch project implemeting the Scottish Government Violencee Against Women and Girl's policy Equally Safe in higher and further education settings.

Professional activities

Engaging Men and Boys in the Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women in the UK
External Examiner
3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence
3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence
Nominated Isabelle Kerr for Honorary Degree
Young People and Domestic Abuse: The Changing Landscape
Gender and Education Conference 2018

More professional activities


Bullying and Harassment in the Music Industries
McCarry, Melanie (Principal Investigator)
£3150.00 funding secured to employ RA
02-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Understanding Forced Marriage MOOC Violence against Women
Donaldson, Anni (Principal Investigator) McCarry, Melanie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 29-Jan-2020
Equally Safe in Higher and Further Education
Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) McCarry, Melanie (Co-investigator) McGoldrick, Roisin (Co-investigator) Pilkington, Kevin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Understanding Forced Marriage in Scotland
McCarry, Melanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
Safer Together: Impact Evaluation
McCarry, Melanie (Principal Investigator)
Lancashire County Council. Line management of Research Associate (Dr Yeend) (2015-2016). £10,000.00
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
Step-up-Building the Evidence Base for Early Intervention Responses for Children Living with Domestic Abuse
McCarry, Melanie (Co-investigator)
Economic and Social Research Council, Step-up-Building the Evidence Base for Early Intervention Responses for Children Living with Domestic Abuse with Prof Radford (co-PI) (UCLan) and Prof Stanley (co-PI) (UCLan).(2014-2017). £230,000.00
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2017

More projects


Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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