Dr Sheila Quaid

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Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Following a career in equality and diversity training, my teaching focused on social justice, feminism, sociology of sexuality, families, gender, diverse identities, 'race' and class. I gained my MA Women's Studies (Applied) at University of Bradford and went on to complete my PGCert in HE and Phd entitled Finding a Place: Negotiating Lesbian Parental Identities at University of Sunderland. I have published work on domestic violence lesbian motherhood, feminism, fatherhood and masculinities. My pedagogical interests focus on teaching diversity and creating powerful learning environments. My curricula approaches include 'threshold concepts', interdisciplinarity, arts based learning and visual teaching methods. Current projects include pedagogical research in Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Teaching and supervision

I have taught Sociology to students on programmes including BSc (Hons) SociologyBSc (Hons) Criminology, CSP Sociology, CSP Gender Studies and BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Level 4 modules include:
    • Introduction to Social Theory
    • Inequalities, Diversity and Society
    • Social Problems

      Level 5 modules include:
    • Gender, Diversity and Society
    • Sex, Families and Personal Lives
    • Core Social Theory

    Level 6 modules inlude:
  • Gender, Sexuality and Identity
  • Youth Gender and Cultural Identities (Analysis of Film and Literature)
  • Core Social Theory

Research interests for potential research students

I co-supervised Phd projects on the study of Domestic Violence in the UK and I am currently Director of Studies for a project on the Media and Domestic Violence in Nigerian context. Examiner of thesis in 'race' and racism in the North East. I am interested to supervise projects in 
non-normative family types, children raised in same sex parental families domestic violence, feminist praxis, gender, class, ethnic and disbility inequalities and human rights.


My MA in Women's Studies (Applied) included exploration of the Criminal Justice response to women who kill violent partners. This led to my first assistant editorial position with Catherine Itzin for two edited collections on the issues of domestic violence and child abuse. My first major project in the North East was a collaborative study with University of Sunderland and University of Gothenborg on Fatherhood and Masculinities which explored men and women's perceptions of fatherhood with a view to policy developments in parental leave for men. My Phd research again focused on families with the focus on lesbian couples, motherhood and parental/family identities. I researched the experiences of lesbian mothers/co parents and the creation of their negotiated families.

Since then I have delivered conference papers on; motherhood social impact of reproductive technologies, feminist methodologies, ethnicity culture and familial identities, 'race', ethnicity, culture and connectedness in families, emotionality in research.  In 2016, I hosted an ESRC Festival of Social Science entitled; Mums the Word Celebrating Motherhood Voices. A further festival will be held on 4th November 2017. 

Current pedagogical research with Dr Rick Bowler includes Anti Oppressive Practice, Discomforting Pedagogies and Difficult Moments in Teaching and Learning. This work explores the difficult issues in classroom identity dynamics when teaching diversity in a diverse world.


Number of items: 22.


Quaid, Sheila (2018) Vote 100. British Sociological Association Blog.

Book Section

Quaid, Sheila (2018) Mothering in an Age of Austerity. In: Austerity Policies – Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-319-79119-7

Quaid, Sheila (2017) Reflections on Reading Spare Rib: Personal and Political. In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Palgrave macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-49309-1

Quaid, Sheila (2013) Lesbian Mothering and Risky Choices; ‘Dangerous’ New forms of love and kinship. In: Constructing Risky Identities. Palgrave. ISBN 9781137276070

Quaid, Sheila (2001) The Criminal Justice Response to Women who Kill. In: Home Truths about Domestic Violence. Routledge, London, pp. 153-167. ISBN 9780415241564

Quaid, Sheila (2001) The criminal justice response to women who kill An interview with Helena Kennedy Sheila Quaid and Catherine Itzin. In: Home Truths About Domestic Violence. Routledge. ISBN 9780415241564

Smith, Angela and Quaid, Sheila Introduction to Re-Reading Spare Rib. In: Re-Reading Spare Rib. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-3-319-49310-7


Wilcock, Angela and Quaid, Sheila (2018) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology CASS. Working Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Kearney, Jeremy, Mansson, Sven-Axel, Plantin, Lars and Quaid, Sheila (2000) Fatherhood and Masculinities A comparative study of the ideals and realities of fatherhood and masculinity in Britain and Sweden. Project Report. University of Sunderland Press, Centre for research and Practice University of Sunderland.

Conference or Workshop Item

Quaid, Sheila (2018) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology. In: BSA Annual Conference 2018 - Identity, Community and Social Solidarity, 10-12 Apr 2018, Northumbria University, UK. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2018) Identity and Kinship in Lesbian Led Donor Conceived Families: Poster presentation. In: BSA Annual Conference 2018: Identity, Community and Social Solidarity, 10-12 Apr 2018, Northumbria University, UK. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila and Wilcock, Angela (2016) Exploring the Dynamics of Situated Emotionality in Feminist Standpoint Epistemology. In: BSA Post Graduate Forum Closer to Home: Emotional Dilemmas in Research., 15 May 2016, London School of Economics. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Identities and Kinship in Donor Conceived Lesbian Led Families. In: Making parents? Parenting culture meets reproductive technology at Roehampton conference, 11 Dec 2015, University of Roehampton. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Difference in a Diverse World. In: University of Sunderland Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 3 Jul 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Has Homophobia Decreased Since the 1980s? In: Student Union Conference for International Day Against Homophobia, 15 May 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Defining the Self: Identities, Interconnections, Kinship and Belonging in Lesbian Led Families. In: The British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2015, 15-17 Apr 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Difference in a Diverse World. In: The North East Three Rivers Consortium 2015, 27 Mar 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Quaid, Sheila (2015) Mothering under Austerity. In: NRF Third Seminar Series 2015-16, 28 Jan 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)


Hammer, Jalna, Itzin, Catherine, Quaid, Sheila and Wigglesworth, Debra (2000) Home Truths about Domestic Violence : Feminist Influences on Policy and practice - A Reader. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415241564

Quaid, Sheila (1988) Women and men in Lancashire Polytechnic. Lancashire Polytechnic Press.


Quaid, Sheila (2008) Finding a Place: Negotiating Lesbian Parental Identities. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.


Quaid, Sheila (2016) Mums the Word. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

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Areas of expertise

  • Equality and diversity
  • Sociology of families
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Sexualities
  • Culture
  • Ethnicity and 'race' in family studies
  • Pedagogy for empowerment 
  • Feminist standpoint methodologies

Further information

Last updated 01 August 2018