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    Mark McCormack is a Professor of Sociology and Deputy Dean Research for the College of Business and Social Sciences. He has previously worked at Durham University, Brunel University and the University of Roehampton, where he held various research leadership roles including Director of the Centre for Equality, Justice and Social Change and Acting Director of the Graduate School. He is passionate about enabling inclusive research cultures that produce high-quality, impactful research.

    His research examines how social trends related to gender and sexuality map onto everyday experiences of individuals. A core focus has been documenting how the decrease in homophobia in Britain and the United States influences the experiences of young people, including an expansion of socially acceptable gendered behaviours for male youth and improvement in life experiences of gay and bisexual youth. His work also explores drag cultures, non-exclusive sexualities, consumption of pornography, social deviance and the interface of sexuality with illicit drug use. His research also explores the social impact of COVID-19, with a focus on sexual practices and sexual cultures. 

    Mark has a longstanding collaboration with harm reduction organisation The LoopThe Loop provides drug safety testing, welfare and harm reduction services at nightclubs, festivals and other leisure events. It also provides staff training on drugs awareness, in-house welfare service delivery, the prevention of drug related harm at events, and the delivery of ethical 'front of house' drug safety testing services. Mark is on the Research Action Group of The Loop and supports all aspects of research activity, including data collection and analysis, ethics, staff training and publications. He has published on this strand of research in Contemporary Drug Problems, with other articles under review and in development. 

    Mark is Chair of the Editorial Board of Sociology, a Consulting Editor for Journal of Sex Research, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Psychology & Sexuality and the Journal of Men's Studies. Mark has been invited to speak internationally, including at Northwestern University, SUNY - Stonybrook, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Malta, and Flensburg University, Germany. He also held a Visiting Associate Professorship at Cornell University in 2014.  

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Sociology, University of Bath

    Award Date: 7 Jul 2010

    MRes, Education, University of Bath

    Award Date: 9 Sept 2007

    PG Cert, University of Bath

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2006

    BSc, Mathematics, University of Bath

    Award Date: 7 Jul 2005


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