I am currently a Lecturer in Criminology and Gender Violence at Bristol University, part of the Gender and Violence Research Centre. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Previously I have taught at the University of Southampton and Bournemouth University.
At present I am in the Principle Investigator for the UK arm of an international study into domestic violence perpetrator work. I am leading a team of five academics at Bournemouth University across Depts of Criminology, Dept of Social Work, Dept of Psychology. This has been funded by the EU Horizons fund from 2020-2022 and involves partners in Greece, Italy, Romania, and Cyprus.
My PhD study was at The Open University. I carried out a narrative study looking at young men who have experienced domestic abuse in childhood and been involved with life on road/in gangs/groups. I used music as an elicitation tool (desert island discs style) to interview them about their life stories. I am interested in masculinities (and intersecting issues of race and class) and how men and boys survive and cope with violence and abuse.
I am a Gender Studies specialist; I spent the summer in 2019 as a visiting lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. I have an MA(Hons) in Gender Studies and Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen. One year of this degree was studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, through a “Scholarship for Excellence” from the British Council. This enabled both extensive travelling and the chance to focus on international gender issues. I later studied for a Master’s degree in Gender Studies at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
There are many different reasons that I am interested in the topics that I write about.
I have a substantial amount of front-line work experience supporting vulnerable people. For several years I worked in projects supporting sex working/ women involved in prostitution in both a harm minimization project and a court diversion scheme. I also worked in a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, as well as a rape crisis center. Most recently I held a post coordinating the strategic partnership around domestic violence, children and health in West London. I was also a trustee for my local Women’s Aid for two years.
My research practice is informed by my front-line work experience with vulnerable and marginalised groups.
Underlying this professional and academic work is my own experience of living with domestic abuse in childhood, which is what has inspired my journey into this sector. I am passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of children who have also gone through this experience. I was a finalist for a Women’s Aid/Marie Claire/Avon “Empowering Women” Award 2012 in the category of ‘child survivor of the year’. This was in recognition of my work in the gender-based-violence sector.