About the WCCJN

Marisa Silvestri, University of Kent  –m.silvestri@kent.ac.uk

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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