I am currently supervising 6 PhD students on a variety of topics relating to crime and justice, including: policing rape; stalking; criminal justice policy transfer in relation to violence; police initiatives to tackle youth crime; the legal defences available to women who kill violent partners; and rape as a war crime. I have previously supervised PhD students on topics including gender and migration, and vaccination and the public understanding of science and I welcome PhD enquiries in any area of my research interests.
I also currently act as Director of the Masters Programme in Research (Strategy) comprising the Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Research Methods in The Graduate School.
My research interests surround gender inequality and crime and justice. In particular I am interested in gendered and sexual violence and the statutory and non-statutory response to it. I am especially interested in the criminal justice response to rape and sexual assault and in particular: the post-assault processing of cases; the problem of attrition; perceptions, attitudes and practices of criminal justice personnel including police officers, prosecutors, forensic medics and judges; and medico-legal interventions in rape and sexual assault. I have a general interest in violence and the criminal justice response to it, sexual victimisation particularly among university students, and a developing interest in missing persons. Selected publications and research grants are outlined below.