Fiona McQueen

Fiona McQueen
Fiona McQueen
SociologySchool of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Research Interests
Feminism, Gender hierarchies, Sexuality, Social change, Emotion, masculinity

PhD Title

Exploring emotional participation and equality in couple relationships



Please take a look at my 1 minute video giving a brief outline of my PhD research findings:


Rationale of research

The central aim of this research is to understand individual ideas about, and experiences of, emotional participation and feeling equal in the context of their couple relationships. This includes considering several areas of sociological thought including heterosexuality and embodiment. This area of interest has developed over the last three years through the findings of three seperate but connected phases of data collection completed to date. At this point the research is being written up including the writing of articles for publication.



This research includes an online survey of 1,000 participants conducted in early 2010, followed by telephone interviews completed in the summer 2010. The final, and main, phase of data collection has now also been completed in summer 2012 in the form of 31 face to face interviews accross Scotland. At present a narrative 'storying' approach is being used to analyse the interview data collected while writing up findings.


Publications, Conference Papers and Works-in-Progress

McQueen, F. 2013 More Equal? Still Different?  In Discover Society, issue 2.

McQueen, F. 2009. The Embodiment of Female Sexual Pleasure: Body as Object and Body as Instrument in Clarke, G., McQueen, F., Pnacekova, M. & Sahli, S. (eds) Examining Aspects of Sexualities and the Self, eBook: Interdisciplinary Press.


In Preparation 

Exploring Men's Embodiment of Negative Emotions: The Centrality of Emotional Vulnerability and Control

The Emotional Lives of Couples - Equal or Different?


Conference Papers

Upcoming - Researching the Emotional Landscape of Couple Relationships - European Sociological Association - Emotions Network, September 2014

Can We Ever Be Equal?: The Impact of Emotional Participation on 'Feeling Equal' in Couples, British Sociological Association, April 2014


Lecturing Experience 

University of Edinburgh - Contemporary Feminist Debates (Honours and Postgraduate course) - Guest Lecturer - 2010 to 2013

University of West of Scotland - Gender in Society (Honours) - Lecturer and Co-convenor - 2012


Tutoring Experience

University of Edinburgh - Sociology 1B  (Ordinary) - Senior Tutor - 2011/2012

University of Edinburgh - Scotland and Society (Honours and Ordinary) - Tutor - 2011

University of Edinburgh - Co-ordinator for training new tutors - 2011

University of Edinburgh - Scotland and Society (Honours and Ordinary) - Senior Tutor (assisting in setting up course) - 2009