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I joined the University of Winchester as a Lecturer in Sociology in April 2017 and since August 2018 have been the programme leader for the BA Sociology degree. After studying for a BA (Hons) in Sociology at the University of Derby and an MA in Research Methods at the University of Nottingham I started my PhD at the University of Leicester as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2011. After completing my PhD in 2015 I worked at the University of Bristol as a Teaching Associate in Sociology before moving to Winchester. My interests in feminism, activism, social justice, and cultural studies are reflected in the modules I teach on social movements, social research methods, consumption, and beauty and globalisation.

Areas of expertise

Gender, femininity, feminism, social movement activism, young women's political participation, environmentalism, anarchism, social research methods, cultural studies.


  • Aune, K. and Holyoak, R. (Forthcoming 2018) ‘Navigating the third wave: Contemporary UK feminist activists and ‘third-wave feminism.’ Feminist Theory


Invited presentations

  • ‘Why Women Will Save the Planet’ event, University of Bristol Friends of the Earth, April 2016
  • ‘This House Would Free the Nipple’ debate, University of Exeter Debating Society, February 2016
  • ‘Young Women and Politics’ public lecture, Leicester Secular Society, January 2016

Other conference presentations

  • ‘Knowing and Naming: Reflections on Activist and Academic Influences on Sexual Identity’. Sexual Cultures 2: Academia meets Activism conference, University of Sunderland Docklands Campus, London, April 2015
  • ‘Inspiring and Sustaining One Another: The Influence of Non-hierarchical Relationships on Young Women’s Politicisation and Activist Commitment’. Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women’s Relationships, FWSA conference, University of Bristol, September 2014.
  • ‘The Role of Reciprocal Non-hierarchical Relationships in the Political Socialisation of Young Activist Women’. Youth Activism and Resistance, BSA postgraduate conference, University of Leicester, June 2014.
  • ‘Finding Feminism in Non-Feminist Social Movements’. The Lady Doth Protest Mapping Feminist Movements, Moments, and Mobilisations. Biennial FWSA conference, University of Nottingham, June 2013.
  • ‘Culture-Jamming, Crochet and Criminal Damage: Young Women Negotiating Femininity in Social Movement Activism’. New Agendas on Youth and Young Adulthood: Youth Studies conference, University of Glasgow, April 2013.
  • ‘Eco-Warriors and Earth-Mothers: Young Women’s Social Movement Activism in the UK’.
    Women in Political Activism seminar, Centre for Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick, March 2013.
  • ‘Negotiating Feminisms and Femininities in Social Movement Activism’. Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest: an Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Kent, October 2012.
  • ‘The Political is Personal: Exploring Young Women's Gendered Experiences of Social Movement Activism’. Movements, Networks, Protest: New Agendas for Society and Politics, King's College London European and International Studies Graduate Research Conference, Kings College London, June 2012.
  • ‘The Political is Personal: Exploring Young Women's Gendered Experiences of Social Movement Activism’. Political and Civic Participation, 2nd PIDOP Conference, University of Surrey, April 2012.
  • ‘Mothers, Daughters, Sisters: The Influence of Generational Metaphors on Contemporary UK and US Feminism’. Futures of Feminism, FWSA Conference 2011, Brunel University, July 2011.
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