Dr Melanie McCarry


Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

Melanie McCarry is the Programme Director for the Undergraudate Social Policy degree programme. Melanie is also the research lead for the Scottish Government funded research Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) and Equaly Safe in Colleges and Universities (ESCU). The first phase of the research led to the creation of a Toolkit, freely available for all Scottish higher and further education instutions. This was followed by a Letter of Guidance from the Universities and Colleges Minister requiring all Scottish HEs and FEs to implement the toolkit to tackle campus based male violence and abuse. 

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 her recent research led to a change in the UK definition of domestic abuse to include 16 and 17 year olds. Melanie sits on the UK and Scottish Government expert groups on men's violence against women and girls, and is a member of various national and international research communities.


Prizes and awards

Nominated Honorary Degree
Strathclyde Medal Award

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  • 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.


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)
Staff and student experiences and psychological impact of gender-based violence on campus
Kossurok Anke, McCarry Melanie
BPS Annual Conference 2019, pp. 67-68 (2019)
Preventing gender-based violence in UK universities
Donaldson Anni, McCarry Melanie, McCullough Aimee
Gender-Based Violence in University Communities (2018) (2018)
Rapid Review II - Scottish Higher Education Institution Responses to Gender-based Violence on Campus
Donaldson Anni, McCarry Melanie
Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit : Guidance and Checklist for Implementing a Strategic Approach to Gender-based Violence Prevention in Scottish Higher Education Institutions
Donaldson Anni, McCarry Melanie, McGoldrick Roisin
Equally Safe in Higher Education Research Toolkit : Guidance for Conducting Research into Gender-based Violence in Scottish Higher Education Institutions
McCarry Melanie, Donaldson Anni, McCullough Aimee, McGoldrick Roisin, Stevenson Kenneth

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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

3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence
3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence
Young People and Domestic Abuse: The Changing Landscape
Gender and Education Conference 2018
Gender and Education Conference 2018
Helen Mott

More professional activities


Understanding Forced Marriage in Scotland
McCarry, Melanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016

More projects


Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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