Lewis Turner has written academic papers and research reports on race equality, diversity and governance. He spent many years researching trans issues.
He was Hate Crimes Officer for Wyre Borough Council and Lancaster City Council in Lancashire where he worked with the Lancashire Police. He was a member of Trans Lancs which advised the Lancashire Constabulary.
He completed his PhD in 2004: Gender Renaissance: Re-configurations of femininity. This, a study of a male-to-female group in Blackpool, was the first ethnographic study of a trans group in the UK.
In 2006 Lewis joined the trans rights group Press For Change, and was Vice president. He co-wrote several studies and guides on trans rights with Stephen Whittle, Ryan Combs and others for Press for Change, ILGA Europe, and TGEU.
He represented Press For Change in meetings with the Crown Prosecution Service, the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers. He was awarded a Lancashire Criminal Justice Board Justice Award for ’Outstanding Commitment to Diversity'.
In 2012 he became project manager for Lancashire LGBT.
- "Dr Lewis Turner". Press For Change: Transequality. http://transequality.co.uk/staff.aspx
- Stephen Whittle & Lewis Turner. '' 'Sex Changes'? Paradigm Shifts in 'Sex' and 'Gender' Following the Gender Recognition Act?". Sociological Research Online, 12,1, 2007. www.socresonline.org.uk/12/1/whittle.html.
- Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner & Maryam Al-Alami, with Em Rundall & Ben Thom. Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People's Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination. The Equalities Review, 2007. www.its-services.org.uk/silo/files/the-equalities-review.pdf.
- Stephen Whittle & Lewis Turner. Bereavement: A Guide for Transsexual, Transgender peopel and their loved ones. Department of Health, 2007. www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=138987&Rendition=Web.
- Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner, Ryan Combs, Stephenne Rhodes. Transgender EuroStudy: Legal Survey and Focus on the Transgender Experience of Health Care. ILGE-Euope & TGEU, April 2008. http://chrysalidelyon.free.fr/fichiers/docext/ILGA-%20Transgender%20euro%20study.pdf
- Stephen Whittle & Lewis Turner. Leading Trans Equality: A Toolkit for colleges. Centre for Excellence in Leadership, 2008. www.lums.lancs.ac.uk/files/r14.pdf
- Lewis Turner, Stephen Whittle, Ryan Combs. Transphobic Hate Crime in the European Union. Press for Change & ILGA-Europe, May 2009. www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/r/6/transphobic_hate_crime_in_eu.pdf
- Lewis Turner. Provision of goods facilities and services to trans people: Guidance for public authorities Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2010. www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded.../psd_trans_guidance.pdf.