Dr. Megan Todd

Course Leader in Sociology and Sociology & Psychology

School of Law and Social Science

Livesey House, LH310

+44 (0) 1772 89 2259


Subject Areas: Sociology

Megan researches issues relating to the intersections of gender, sexuality and violence; research which underpins her teaching. Her doctoral research was on community responses to lesbian domestic violence and future research will focus on sexual violence, citizenship and social inclusion and explore the impact of civil partnerships/same-sex marriage. She is currently involved in supervising two PhD projects and is writing a textbook on sexuality for Sage.

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Megan joined UCLan in January 2013; prior to this, she lectured for over four years at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Whilst completing her ESRC-funded PhD at Newcastle University, she taught at the universities of Newcastle and Sunderland and was research assistant on a British Academy project investigating educational capital and same-sex parenting and an ESRC-funded project researching into LGBT equalities initiatives in local government. Before returning to higher education, she taught English at a secondary school in Cumbria and worked for the National Trust, where she was research assistant for the Historic Buildings Representative East Anglia.

Her current areas of research interests include the sociology of sexuality, definitions/interpretations of violence, gender and class. Recent work has focused on the ways in which perceptions of ageing impact on responses to abuse in same-sex relationships. She has worked on a number of projects, including one looking at domestic violence in post-conflict societies and more recently looking into service provision in Lancashire for those experiencing same-sex abuse.

Megan has recently had an article published on The Conversation, entitled ‘New data shows sexual boundaries are changing – but what do we really know?’

Ph.D. 'Troubling Tales: Exploring Responses to Lesbian Domestic Violence', Newcastle University, 2008

MA Sociology and Social Research, Newcastle University, 2003

MA Gender Studies, Newcastle University, 2002

PGCE Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside, University of Lancaster, 1996

MA (Hons) English Literature, University of Aberdeen, 1994


Sexualities and Society: An Introduction. London: Sage. Forthcoming

Several chapters in: The Sociology Book, Dorling Kindersley Big Ideas series (2015).

‘Blue Rinse Blues? Older Lesbians’ Experiences of Domestic Violence’ in T Sanger and Y Taylor (eds) (2013) Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

‘Sociology’ in J Lishman, J Brannan and C Yuill (eds) (2013) Social Work: An Introduction. London: Sage.

‘Sexuality and Health’ in A Barry and C Yuill (eds) (2011) Understanding the Sociology of Health. London: Sage.

‘Intimacies’ in C Yuill and A Gibson (eds) (2010) Sociology for Social Work. London: Sage.

More publications


The British Sociological Association
The British Sociological Association Lesbian Studies Group
The British Sociological Association’s Violence Against Women Study Group
The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association
The European Sociological Association
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Ph.D. 'Troubling Tales: Exploring Responses to Lesbian Domestic Violence', Newcastle University, 2008
MA Sociology and Social Research, Newcastle University, 2003
MA Gender Studies, Newcastle University, 2002
PGCE Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside, University of Lancaster, 1996
MA (Hons) English Literature, University of Aberdeen, 1994

External Roles

Peer Reviewer:

Canadian Review of Sociology

Cultural Sociology

Gender, Place and Culture

Chapters for 7th ed. of Giddens’ Sociology

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Megan is Course Leader for Sociology and Sociology & Psychology. She is module lead for:

SO1004 Media and Culture

CJ2007 Understanding Interpersonal Violence

CJ3007 Sex, Violence and Strategies

SO3990 Sociology Dissertation

She also contributes to SO1116 Sociological Ways of Thinking.

Megan is currently supervising two PhD projects and is Director of Studies for an EdD. She is keen to supervise doctoral and Masters students studying: domestic violence; sexualities; socio-cultural aspects of inequality (especially with regard to sexuality, gender, class and age); identity and social change; cultural sociology; feminist theory and activism.

Research Activities

Associate of the UCRU Cybercrime Research Unit


Sept 2014 Invited speaker ‘LGBT People Accessing Domestic Abuse Services in Lancashire’, LGBT Community and Domestic Violence: challenges to prevention, protection and intervention, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Jan 2014 Invited panel member, This House Would Boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics, Warwick Debating Union, University of Warwick.

Dec 2013 Invited speaker, Interdisciplinary Domestic Violence Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester.

October 2013 Invited panel member at book launch of Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects, London South Bank University.

April 2012 ‘Dare to Mention the C Word: Class Matters in Medical School Education’, BSA conference Sociology in an Age of Austerity, Leeds.

Sept 2011 ‘Prisoners of Peace? Experiences of Domestic Violence in Post-Conflict Societies’, ESA conference, Social Relations in Turbulent Times, Geneva.

Nov 2010 ‘When Your Face Doesn’t Fit: The Impact of Normative Discourses on Lesbian Domestic Violence’, Aberdeen University Sociology Seminar Series.

Feb 2010 ‘Uncivil Partnerships? The Role of Civil Partnerships in Responses to Domestic Abuse’, invited panel member ‘Barriers to Recognising and Addressing Domestic Abuse in Female Same Sex Relationships, Lesbian Lives XVII: Lesbian Lives Studies and Activisms: In-laws, Outlaws and Other Relations, University College Dublin.

Sept 2009 ‘An age-Old Story? Lesbian Domestic Violence, Age and Cohort Effects’, ESA Conference ’European Society or European Societies? Lisbon.

July 2009 ‘Written on the Body? Older Lesbians’ Experiences of Lesbian Domestic Violence’, BSA Ageing, Body and Society Study Group Conference: Gender, Ageing and the Body, British Library.

May 2009 ‘That’s Not My Scene’: Responses to Lesbian Domestic Violence’, LGBT Lives: Sexual and Gender Dissidence Over the Life Course Seminar Series, Glasgow University.

Dec 2008 ‘The Challenges of Researching Hidden Populations’, Research and Information Seminar Series, Robert Gordon University.

Nov 2008 ‘Golden Years? Age, Community and Lesbian Domestic Violence’, ‘Becoming or Unbecoming? LGBT Research in the 21st Century’ Northumbria University.

Sept 2007 ‘Community Challenges to Domestic Abuse’, Sociology Symposium ‘Belonging, Citizenship, Difference and Inequality’ University of Newcastle - Poster presented.

April 2006 ‘Disrupting the Binaries: A Feminist Analysis of Lesbian Domestic Violence’, BSA ‘Sociology, Social Order(s) and Disorder(s)’, Harrogate – Abstract accepted.

March 2006 ‘A Silenced Violence? Rethinking Domestic Violence’, CGWS Staff and Student Seminar Series, University of Newcastle.

Nov 2005 ‘Tales of the Unexpected? Community Responses to Lesbian Domestic Violence’, FWSA Postgraduate Conference, University of Newcastle.

Sept 2005 ‘Troubling Tales: Towards a Feminist Analysis of Lesbian Domestic Violence’, FWSA ‘Gender and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration’, University of Aberdeen – Submitted as a panel.