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Jodie Weatherston

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Academic Tutor

I joined the University of Sunderland as an Academic Tutor in 2019 and I currently teach modules across Sociology and Criminology. 

I completed my BSc (Hons) Social Sciences: Sociology degree at the University of Sunderland in 2018 then went on to complete an MSc International Development at Northumbria University in 2019. 

I am currently active in the Third Sector and have been for over four years, taking part in a range of roles including, managerial and trustee roles, research, training, teaching and fundraising roles and community outreach and international community development work.

My interests lie within international development, gender and global issues which is reflected within my international voluntary experiences and research. I have conducted international research in Nepal on child marriage as well as working alongside Street Child Nepal on their gender based and child labour projects. I have also taught social research methods to staff in Kenya through the organisation Team Kenya, as well as working alongside the organisation on their community outreach projects. 

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach on the following modules: 
  • SSC216: Sex, Families and the Construction of Personal Lives
  • SSC231: Gender, Diversity and Human Rights: Global Perspectives 
  • SSC112: Inequality, Diversity and Society 
  • SSC214: Patterns and Trends in Crime and Victimisation

I also supervise dissertation students for BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests lie within a sociological and international devlopment based framework, including: 
  • Female Genital Mutilation 
  • Child Marriage
  • Human Trafficking
  • Sexual Exploitation 
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Gender Inequality 
  • Human Rights
  • Global Issues 


I have conducted research on the following topics: 
  • Contradictions of the Girl Effect Paradigm: To what extent can the Girl Effect Paradigm offer a solution to child, early, forced marriage in Nepal through educational and economic empowerment? (MSc Dissertation). For this project, I collected my research oversees in Nepal through Street Child.
  • A right of passage or a violation of human rights? What are the reasons for female genital mutilation/cutting's continued use in Kenya and how successful have international efforts been in reducing it? (BSc Dissertation) 
  • Does gender inequality still exist within education in Tanzania and to what extent? (COCO Charity) 
  • Child labour and pesticide suicide: What are the environmental and ethical issues involved within the cotton industry in India? (Traidcraft Charity)
  • Safeguarding around sex work in the North East (Northumbria Police)
  • International Development
  • Female Genital Mutilation 
  • Child Marriage
  • Human Trafficking
  • Sexual Exploitation 
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Gender Inequality 
  • Human Rights
  • Global Issues 
I am currently a Trustee for the organisation ReportOUT which is a human rights research organisation that documents the lived experiences of SOGI people and communities in different nations across the globe.

I am also the volunteer coordinator in charge of managing all volunteering elements of the charity including recruitment, volunteer management and delivering training. 

Street Child Nepal 
In 2019, I volunteered with Street Child Nepal, working on their Breaking the Bonds and Marginalised No More projects. I worked alongside three students to construct an alumni plan to congregate women who have graduated from Street Child projects. 

Team Kenya 
I went to Kenya in 2018 to work alongside Team Kenya on their Community Outreach Project. This involved training Team Kenya's staff on social research methods, home and school visits, fundraising and teaching in schools. 

Additional voluntary roles
  • West End Refugee Service - Befriender 
  • COCO Charity - Voluntary Social Researcher 
  • Traidcraft - Voluntary Social Researcher 
  • Northumbria Police - Voluntary Social Researcher 

Ede and Ravenscroft Award. Upon graduation, I was delighted to receive this award, which was nominated by academic staff at the University of Sunderland and is awarded to students who achieve the highest grades and who take part in extracurricular activities. 

SUPA Award. I received this professional accredited award from the University of Sunderland, which recognises students contributions to volunteering, employability and academic pursuits. 

Last updated 25 July 2022