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Crime, victimisation and control are profoundly gendered issues. Since the 1970s, research has documented the significance of gendered inequalities as they affect women as offenders/lawbreakers, victims and criminal justice professionals. Such scholarship is also underpinned by feminist theory and politics and seeks to document and challenge gendered inequality, especially in relation to criminal justice institutions. The network exists to support scholarship on women, crime and criminal justice, and to foster research of the highest standard. In addition to promoting scholarship on women, crime and criminal justice, the network also aims to support women as criminological scholars.

The specific aims of the network are:

  • To foster research and scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of women, crime and criminal justice, nationally and internationally.
  • To promote scholarship on women, crime and criminal justice within the network, the British Society of Criminology and in public debate.
  • To engage policy makers and practitioners to ensure that cutting edge research can inform decision-making and practice within government and non-governmental organisations.
  • To support the career development of its members, cognisant that challenges faced by women are also cross cut with other social inequalities (for example, ethnicity, sexuality, and age).

Steering Group


Dr Charlotte Barlow is Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University. She researches domestic and sexual violence, in particular police and criminal justice responses; women’s experiences of co-offending and media and legal representations of criminalised women. She has led funded research projects exploring police responses to coercive control and domestic violence disclosure schemes (Clare’s Law). Her forthcoming monograph, Coercive Control: Problems and Possibilities, written with Professor Sandra Walklate, will be published by Routledge (2021).


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Dr Lynsey Black is Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, Maynooth University, Ireland. She researches gender and punishment in Ireland, incorporating postcolonial and historical perspectives. Her work also investigates the death penalty in the Caribbean, crime in the context of the Northern Irish/Irish border, and media representations of crime.


Dr Marian Duggan (Chair) is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Division of Law, Society and Social Justice at the University of Kent. She researches domestic and sexual victimisation, hate crime and related prevention policies. She is the author of Queering Conflict: Examining Lesbian and Gay Experiences of Homophobia in Northern Ireland (2012/16, Routledge), Administrating Victimization: The Politics of Hate Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Policy (2014, Palgrave Macmillan, with V. Heap) and editor of Revisiting the ‘Ideal Victim’: Developments in Critical Victimology (2018, Policy Press). Marian’s current research focuses on Clare’s Law (the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) and gender hate crime. 

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Dr Alexandra Fanghanel is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich. Her research examines the relationship between sexuality, public space, and securitisation. She publishes on consent, rape culture, and protest. Her monograph, Disrupting Rape Culture: Public Space, Sexuality and Revolt was published in 2019 by Bristol University Press.

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Dr Emma Milne is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Durham Law School. She is a socio-legal scholar, with research interests in the fields of feminist legal studies and feminist criminology. The focus of Emma’s research is the social and legal regulation of women, particularly in relation to sex and reproduction. Emma’s first monograph, Criminal Justice Responses to Maternal Filicide: Judging the Failed Mother will be published in Autumn 2021 (Emerald Publishing Ltd.).

Dr Jo Smith is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Brighton. She researches hate crime, particularly that targeting women in on and offline spaces. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book on hate crime perpetration and is co-editing a collection on Misogyny as Hate Crime with Dr Irene Zempi from Nottingham Trent University. Her other research interests include sexual violence, victim-survivor experiences of the criminal justice system, and feminist activism as a response to sexual violence and hate crime. She is the chair of the British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Criminology.

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Dr Louise Wattis is a senior lecturer in criminology and sociology within the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Teesside. In broad terms, her research interests focus on violence against women and representations of victims of male violence and femicide. More specifically she has researched and published on women and fear of crime, gender, culture and serial murder, and media and popular cultural representations of sex workers as homicide victims. She is also interested in and popular criminology and the potential of popular cultural representations of crime and violence for enhancing academic criminological knowledge and research. Her work has also explored the relationship between biography and emotion within academic research and writing.