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I joined the University of Winchester as a Lecturer in Sociology in April 2017. 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. My interests in feminism, activism and social justice are reflected in the modules I teach on social movements, race and ethnicity, fashion and consumption, and beauty and globalisation.


  • 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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