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Dr Ruth Lewis

Associate Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Before joining Northumbria University, she took up a policy development post in the voluntary sector (Women's Sports Foundation) followed by a post as Audit Manager at the National Audit Office. These roles outside academia gave her experience of implementing research in the policy context, designing and managing research projects, and developing policy. Prior to these roles outside academia, Ruth was Lecturer at Newcastle University and Research Fellow at Cardiff and Manchester Universities (based at Stirling University).

Ruth has been active in her local and regional communities, as a trustee of women's charities focusing on domestic violence, as a member of local and national feminist networks and as an organiser of the NE Feminist Gathering 2012 and 2013.


  • Sociology and Social Policy PhD June 30 1998
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Explorations on the nature of resistance, Lewis, R., Anitha, S. 2019, Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education, Palgrave
  • Misogyny Online, Rowe, M., Lewis, R., Wiper, C. Oct 2018, In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence
  • Gender based violence in university communities, Lewis, R., Anitha, S. 27 Jun 2018
  • Gender based violence in university communities, Anitha, S., Lewis, R. 27 Jun 2018
  • Student feminist activism to challenge gender based violence, Lewis, R., Marine, S. 27 Jun 2018, Gender Based Violence in University Communities, Bristol, UK, Policy Press
  • Gender, voice and space: Feminism online, Lewis, R. 1 Jun 2018, In: Digitos: Revista de Comunicacion Digital
  • “I get together with my friends and I change it”, Lewis, R., Marine, S., Keeney, K. Jan 2018, In: Journal of Gender Studies
  • Online abuse of feminists as an emerging form of violence against women and girls, Lewis, R., Rowe, M., Wiper, C. Oct 2017, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • Mutuality without alliance, Marine, S., Lewis, R. 22 Jun 2017, In: Gender and Education

PGR Supervision

  • Clare Wiper Feminist Anti-Violence Activism in Austerity Britain: A North East of England Case Study. Start: 04/10/2011
  • Amanda McBride Start: 01/10/2016


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