Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


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.

Contact Information


Room CNE 117
Cornwallis North East
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NF

Office hours: by appointment

Please contact me by email or phone

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Bradshaw, S., Linneker, B. and Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2019). It's gender Jim, but not as we know it … A critical review of constructions of gendered knowledge of the global south. European Journal of Women's Studies [Online]. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Peyrefitte, M. (2018). Space, power and sexuality: transgressing spatial boundaries and interstices of transgression. Gender, Place and Culture [Online] 25:325-333. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Davis, C. (2018). Resisting neoliberal policies in UK higher education: Exploring the impact of critical pedagogies on non-traditional students in a post- 1992 university. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice [Online] 13:217-228. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Peyrefitte, M. (2018). Immoral geographies and Soho's sex shops: exploring spaces of sexual diversity in London. Gender, Place and Culture [Online]. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Neville, L. (2017). Too little, Too late: Domestic Violence Policy in the Age of Austerity. Discovery Society.
Sanders-McDonagh, E., Neville, L. and Nolas, S. (2016). From pillar to post: Understanding the victimisation of women and children who experience domestic violence in an age of austerity. Feminist Review [Online] 112:60-76. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E., Peyrefitte, M. and Ryalls, M. (2016). Sanitising the City: Exploring Hegemonic Gentrification in London's Soho. Sociological Research Online [Online] 21. Available at: 10.5153/sro.4004.
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2015). Porn by any other name: Women's consumption of public sex performances in Amsterdam. Porn Studies [Online] 2:329-341. Available at: 10.1080/23268743.2015.1100092.
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2014). Conducting "Dirty Research" with extreme groups: Understanding academia as a dirty work site. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management [Online] 9:241-253. Available at:
Peyrefitte, M., Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Weicht, B. (2010). ENQUIRE – a (Self-)Reflexive Journey. European Political Science [Online] 9:131-140. Available at:
Book section
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2018). Women's Support for UKIP: Exploring Gender, Nativism, and the Populist Radical Right (PRR). in: Gendering Nationalism: Articulating Nation, Gender and Sexuality. London: Palgrave MacMillam, pp. 203-219. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Neville, L. (2018). Gentrification and the Criminalization of Sex Work : Exploring the Sanitization of Sex Work in Kings Cross with the use of ASBOs and CBOs. in: Sanders, T. and Laing, M. eds. Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism and Politics. London, UK: Taylor & Francis, pp. 225-240.
Nolas, S., Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Neville, L. (2018). Gimme Shelter? Exploring the Concept of Community in Domestic Violence Service Provision. in: Feminism and the Politics of Childhood. London, UK: UCL Press, pp. 225-240. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2010). Situating the Female Gaze: Understanding (Sex) Tourism Practices in Thailand. in: New Sociologies of Sex Work. Surrey: Ashgate.
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2016). Women and Sex Tourism Landscapes. [Online]. UK: Routledge. Available at:
Edited book
Mulholland, J., Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Montanga, N. eds. (2018). Gendered Nationalism : Intersections of Nation, Gender and Sexuality in the 21st Century. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Research report (external)
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2016). Safer London Empower Project Evaluation. Safer London and Middlesex University.
Bradshaw, S., Nussy, C. and Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2015). ESRC-DFID Evidence Synthesis Review Report: Gender. ESRC-DFID.
Sanders-McDonagh, E., Apena Rogers, S. and Horvath, M. (2015). Evaluation of the Tender Healthy Relationships Project: Final Report. Middlesex University and Tender Project for the Arts.
Neville, L. and Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2014). Domestic Violence Homicide Review: An Evidence Review Report for the West Midlands Police Force Area. Middlesex University.
Nolas, S., Neville, L. and Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2012). Evaluation of the AVA Community Group Programme for Children and Young People: Final Report. Middlesex University and Against Violence and Abuse.
Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Neville, L. (2012). Women's Open Spaces Project: Evaluation Report. Middlesex University and New Horizons.
Lyle, D. and Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2010). Creating a Stronger Community: An Evaluation of Action for Kids Programmes. Middlesex University.
D'Angelo, A., Sanders-McDonagh, E. and Burkmar, R. (2010). Migrant and Minority Community Organisations: Funding, Sustainability and Ways Forward. Middlesex University.
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2013). Rebuilding lives after domestic violence: understanding long-term outcomes. Community, Work and Family [Online]:435-436. Available at:
Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2011). A Mexican Border Prostitution Community During the Late Vietnam Era: La Zona. Archives of Sexual Behavior [Online]:1069-1070. Available at:
Peyrefitte, M. and Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2018). She's got the look: Exploring through Archives Processes of Aesthetic Labour and Respectable Femininity in the Airline Industry. Gender Work and Employment.
Total publications in KAR: 27 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Previous research

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]

Current Research

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.

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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.

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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.


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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



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SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 06/08/2018