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Dr Melanie Beres

beresBSc PhD (Alta) MSc (Guelph)

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Contact Details

Room 105, 280 Leith Walk
64 3 479 8736
Email melanie.beres@otago.ac.nz

My core area of interest is in sexual violence prevention. In particular I am interested in understand how people give consent to sex, and how we might be able to use this information to develop effective educational programming. I am also interested more broadly in constructions of sexuality including queer sexualities. I engage with both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach
SOCI 205: Social Inequality
SOCI 301: Mixed Methods
GEND 311: Interventions in Sexual Violence

I teach sections of
GEND 101: Gender in Everyday Life

Postgraduate Supervision

Sexual violence prevention
Consent
Sexualities

Current Students

Ola Kattoura PhD

Arab and Jewish Battered Women in Shelters

Kayla Stewart PhD

Sexual victimisation amongst students from the University of Otago

Seamyi Chung PhD

Anti-aging practices of older Korean women in New Zealand

Mahfuzur Rahman PhD

The causes of plateau in fertility transition in Bangladesh

Nishanthi Perera PhD

Sexual health of international students from South Asia

Bell Murphy PhD

Empowerment beyond the neoliberal self: An autoethnography of a feminist self defence teacher in Aotearoa

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Publications

Beres, M. A. (2018). The proliferation of consent-focused rape prevention social marketing materials. In C. Dale & R. Overell (Eds.), Orienting feminism: Media, activism and cultural representation. (pp. 181-196). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-70660-3

Beres, M. (2018). What does faking orgasms have to do with sexual consent? Sexualities, 21(4), 702-705. doi: 10.1177/1363460717708151

Beres, M. A., Terry, G., Senn, C. Y., & Ross, L. K. (2017). Accounting for men's refusal of heterosex: A story-completion study with young adults. Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1399978

Beres, M. (2017). Preventing adolescent relationship abuse and promoting healthy relationships. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland. 21p. Retrieved from https://nzfvc.org.nz/issues-paper-12-preventing-adolescent-relationship-abuse

Chambers, A., & Beres, M. (2016). Thinking on their feet: Ten PhD graduates negotiate unexpected ethical dilemmas. In M. Tolich (Ed.), Qualitative ethics in practice. (pp. 133-146). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Treharne, G. J., Beres, M., Nicholson, M., Richardson, A., Ruzibiza, C., Graham, K., Briggs, H., & Ballantyne, N. (2016). Campus climate for students with diverse sexual orientations and/or gender identities at the University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Students' Association. 103p. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/6950

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Beres, M. (2017). Preventing adolescent relationship abuse and promoting healthy relationships. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland. 21p. Retrieved from https://nzfvc.org.nz/issues-paper-12-preventing-adolescent-relationship-abuse

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Authored Book - Research

Kaler, A., & Beres, M. A. (2010). Essentials of field relationships. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 128p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Beres, M. A. (2018). The proliferation of consent-focused rape prevention social marketing materials. In C. Dale & R. Overell (Eds.), Orienting feminism: Media, activism and cultural representation. (pp. 181-196). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-70660-3

Chambers, A., & Beres, M. (2016). Thinking on their feet: Ten PhD graduates negotiate unexpected ethical dilemmas. In M. Tolich (Ed.), Qualitative ethics in practice. (pp. 133-146). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Beres, M. A., & Bird, F. (2016). Qualitative evidence and the development of sexuality education materials: The case of Family Planning New Zealand. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice. (pp. 173-185). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2920-7_27

Beres, M. A. (2014). Desire, pleasure, and sex in young adults' heterosexual relationships. In B. Fox (Ed.), Family patterns, gender relations. (4th ed.) (pp. 220-230). Oxford University Press.

Beres, M. (2009). Moving beyond “no means no”: Understanding heterosexual casual sex and consent. In B. A. Crow & L. Gotell (Eds.), Open boundaries: A Canadian women's studies reader. (3rd ed.) (pp. 275-282). Toronto, Canada: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Beres, M. (2008). ‘It just happens’: Negotiating casual heterosexual sex. In M. S. Kimmel, A. Aronson & A. Kaler (Eds.), The gendered society reader. (pp. 370-382). Toronto, Canada: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Beres, M. A., Terry, G., Senn, C. Y., & Ross, L. K. (2017). Accounting for men's refusal of heterosex: A story-completion study with young adults. Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1399978

Treharne, G. J., & Beres, M. A. (2016). Writing survey questions to operationalise sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation in New Zealand: Perspectives from psychological and sociological research with the LGBT community. New Zealand Sociology, 31(1), 173-180.

Beres, M. A., & MacDonald, J. E. C. (2015). Talking about sexual consent: Heterosexual women and BDSM. Australian Feminist Studies, 30(86), 418-432. doi: 10.1080/08164649.2016.1158692

Beres, M. A., Senn, C. Y., & McCaw, J. (2014). Navigating ambivalence: How heterosexual young adults make sense of desire differences. Journal of Sex Research, 51(7), 765-776. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2013.792327

Beres, M. A. (2014). Rethinking the concept of consent for anti-sexual violence activism and education. Feminism & Psychology, 24(3), 373-389. doi: 10.1177/0959353514539652

Beres, M. A. (2014). Points of convergence: Introducing sexual scripting theory to discourse approaches to the study of sexuality. Sexuality & Culture, 18(1), 76-88. doi: 10.1007/s12119-013-9176-3

Beres, M. (2010). Sexual miscommunication? Untangling assumptions about sexual communication between casual sex partners. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 12(1), 1-14. doi: 10.1080/13691050903075226

Beres, M. A., & Farvid, P. (2010). Sexual ethics and young women's accounts of heterosexual casual sex. Sexualities, 13(3), 377-393. doi: 10.1177/1363460709363136

Beres, M. A., Crow, B., & Gotell, L. (2009). The perils of institutionalization in neoliberal times: Results of a national survey of Canadian sexual assault and rape crisis centres. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 34(1), 135-164.

Beres, M. A. (2007). ‘Spontaneous’ sexual consent: An analysis of sexual consent literature. Feminism & Psychology, 93-108. doi: 10.1177/0959353507072914

Lozanski, K., & Beres, M. (2007). Temporary transience and qualitative research: Methodological lessons from fieldwork with independent travelers and seasonal workers. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 6(2), 106-124. Retrieved from http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/article/view/544

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Journal - Research Other

Beres, M. (2018). What does faking orgasms have to do with sexual consent? Sexualities, 21(4), 702-705. doi: 10.1177/1363460717708151

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Cooper, A., Shaw, R., Beres, M., du Plessis, R., & Germon, J. (2012). Author meets critics: Jennifer Germon's Gender: A geneaology of an idea [Panel discussion]. New Zealand Sociology, 27(1), (pp. 112-131). [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Beres, M. (2016). Teaching about sexual consent: Lessons from research across social contexts. Proceedings of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference. (pp. 46-47). Retrieved from http://www.familyplanning.org.nz/about/our-events/conference-2016

Beres, M. (2015). The limits of consent for sexual violence prevention. Proceedings of the Trans/forming Feminisms Conference: Media, Technology, Identity. Retrieved from http://transformingfeminisms.noblogs.org/

Beres, M., & Hohmann-Marriott, B. (2011). "Stuck in the middle with you": Power, housework and interracial relationships. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Annual Conference: Looking Forward: Trends, Horizons and Utopias. (pp. 20). Retrieved from https://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacs/about/Conference-Programme-SAANZ-Nov-2011.pdf

Beres, M. A. (2007). The role of space and place in ethnographic fieldwork: Lessons from research with transient populations. Proceedings of the Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry & Couch-Stone Symposium. Retrieved from http://www.iiqi.org/C4QI/httpdocs/qi2007/index.html

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Chung, S., Beres, M., & Barusch, A. (2014, September). Anti-ageing and practices: Empowerment or oppression of women? Poster session presented at the New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference: The Age of Ageing, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Beres, M. A., Terry, G., & Senn, C. Y. (2011, August). What would a player do? Accounting for men's lack of sexual desire. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Beres, M., Senn, C. Y., & McCaw, J. (2009, August). Taking “mis” out of miscommunication: Navigating desire differences in heterosex. Poster session presented at the 117th American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Beres, M. (2010, June). Reading between the sheets: Understanding sexual communication in heterosexual relationships. Verbal presentation at the 32nd Annual Guelph Sexuality Conference: Communication & Sexual Health: More than Words, Guelph, Canada.

Beres, M. (2009, April). Developing a cohesive anti-rape movement: The case of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the VII International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) International Conference: Contested Innocence: Sexual Agency in Public and Private Space, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Beres, M. (2008, November). Co-constructing an ethical (hetero)sexual relationship. Verbal presentation at the 37th Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) (SAANZ): Multidisciplinary Sociology, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Beres, M. A. (2006). Sexual consent to heterosexual casual sex among young adults living in Jasper (PhD). University of Alberta. 233p.

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