I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. I hold a double honours degree in politics and literature from the College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA), an MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Culture (University of London), as well as an MA in Research Methods and a PhD in Sociology (both awarded by the University of Nottingham).
I am the acting Director of Studies for the MA in Research Methods in the School, and the Athena Swan lead for the SSPSSR.
I am a feminist public scholar with a commitment to radical and engaged pedagogic practices. My research explores inequality in different forms, and I have worked with a range of marginalised groups in recent research projects (including sex workers, young people at risk of sexual exploitation, women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, and young offenders). I have a strong commitment to working with scholars from across disciplinary boundaries and to moving research findings beyond academia into the public arena. I have done research in Southeast Asia, and I am interested in exploring issues related to women’s health and well-being in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
Room CNE 117
Cornwallis North East
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NF
Office hours: by appointment
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Research Council Funding
- 2014-2015 ESRC-DFID: ESRC-DFID Joint Poverty Scheme Gender Evidence Synthesis Analysis [Sarah Bradshaw (co-I) and Erin Sanders-McDonagh (co-I)]
- 2013-2015 British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant: [with Jon Mulholland (Co-I), Nicola Montanga (Co-I), Erin Sanders-McDonagh(Co-I) ‘Women in Nationalist Movements in the UK’
Knowledge and Enterprise Funding
- 2015-2016 New Horizon’s Youth Centre: Evaluation of the Creating Positive Futures Young Offenders Project [Erin Sanders-McDonagh (PI)]
- 2014-2015 Safer London Foundation: Evaluation of the Empower Programme [Erin Sanders-McDonagh (PI) – with Simon Harding, Anthony Goodman, Lucy Neville]
- 2014 West Midlands Police Force Area: Evidence Synthesis - A Review of Domestic Homicide Reviews in the West Midlands [Lucy Neville (PI) and Erin Sanders-McDonagh(Co-I)]
- 2012-2015 Tender Arts and Education: National Partnership Programme [Miranda Horvath (Co-I), Erin Sanders-McDonagh (Co-I), and Shola Apena-Rogers]
- 2011-2012 New Horizons Youth Centre: Evaluation of the Women’s Open Spaces Sex Work Project [Erin Sanders-McDonagh and Lucy Neville]
- 2010-2011 Against Violence and Abuse: Community Groups Domestic Violence Programme Evaluation [Sevasti-Melissa Nolas (PI), Lucy Neville, and Erin Sanders-McDonagh]
I am currently working with the New Horizons Youth Centre on a three-year evaluation (funded by the Big Lottery) of their youth offending project. Over 100 young people who have engaged in offending behaviours have been interviewed over the course of the project, including violent offenders, young people who are on the London gangs-matrix, and young people at risk of violence.
I have a strong commitment to working with scholars from across disciplinary boundaries and to moving research findings beyond academia into the public arena.
I have also published on the following issues:
- Sex tourism in Thailand and the Netherlands
- Moral geographies of sexual spaces and places
- Gentrification in London
- Domestic violence and austerity in the UK
- Prostitution and sex work policies
- Austerity and the impact on vulnerable populations
- Radical pedagogies and the Neoliberal University
I am interested in working with students who have an interest in gender or sexuality studies, in particular PhD candidates with an interest in prostitution, sex tourism, sexual spaces, sexual violence, or domestic violence.back to top
I have been teaching in Higher Education since 2006 and have taught at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, and Middlesex University before joining Kent in 2016.
I incorporate radical pedagogies in my teaching practice and have published on the use of critical pedagogies in Higher Education. I was awarded an Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship from Middlesex University in 2014 and was also recognized as the 'Most Empowering Teacher' at the student-led MUSU teaching awards in 2015.
I convene the following undergraduate modules: SO305 Introduction to Criminology; SO602 Social Research Methods. I also contribute to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the School, including Sociology of Violence, Design of Social Research, and Gender and Crime in a Globalized World. I also teach on the Paris Summer School in Urban Ethnography.
I have written articles for a number of news organizations including The Conversation, and my work has appeared in a number of international news outlets including Wired, the Telegraph, the Irish Independent, and the Irish Examiner.
- 2017 - Think Kent
- 2015 - Presentation to the Liberal Democrat Working Group on Consenting Commercial Sexual Activity
- 2015 - Presentation for the House of Commons Parliamentary Committee inviting evidence around decriminalisation policy and sex work in the UK (organised by the English Collective of Prostitutes):
- 2015 - Citation of research findings around domestic homicide review in House of Lords debates (Hansard)
- 2010 - Radio presentation on ‘Thinking Allowed' with Laurie Taylor
I am involved in a number of activities related to the promotion of gender equality in the academy. I am active in the Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group and the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group (both affiliated with the Royal Geographical Society). I am also a peer review panellist for panellist for the Equalities Challenge Unit, including the Advance HE Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN Charter.
I am on the editorial board Sociological Research Online, and regularly review for a number of journals including: Environment and Planning C; Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management; European Journal of Women’s Studies; Feminist Theory; Gender, Place and Culture; Sexualities; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Journal of Gender Studies; Sociological Research Online; the Sociological Review; Woman's Studies International Forum.
- 2014 - current: Member of the American Association of Geographers
- 2013 - current: Member of the International Political Science Association
- 2013 - current: Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education
- 2011 - current: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2009 - current: Member of British Sociological Association
- 2008 - current: Member of the Royal Geographic Society