Madhumita Pandey

Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Lecturer in Criminology
Department of Law and Criminology
Sheffield Hallam University

Areas of Expertise: Criminology and Psychology

• PhD Criminology, Anglia Ruskin University (Expected 2018)
• MSc Clinical Psychology, Bangor University (2014)
• BA (HONS) Psychology, University of Delhi (2012)


• Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
• American Society of Criminology (ACS) – Student Member
• British Society of Criminology (BSC) – Student Member
• Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (IACP) – Graduate Member

Recent Publications, Conferences and Guest Lectures

• Pandey, M. (2018). Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora. Contemporary South Asia.

• Pandey, M (2016) Sex Slavery in India: Unpacking the Stories of Trafficking Victims. Sociology Study, 6 (10). pp. 629-638. doi: 10.17265/2159‐5526/2016.10.002

• Pandey, Madhumita (2017) Understanding Gender Socialization: Interviews with Convicted Prisoners from New Delhi. In: British Society of Criminology Conference. Forging Social Justice- Local Challenges, Global Complexities, 4-7 July, 2017, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

• Guest Lecture on “Lack of research on Sex Offenders in India” at the Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, India (2017)

• Presented Paper titled - “Sex Slavery in India: Unpacking the Stories of Trafficking Victims” at the XVIII World Congress of Criminology by International Society of Criminology (ISC), New Delhi, India in December (2016)

• Presented Paper titled - “Excuses, Justifications and Blame in the Offence Narratives of Convicted Rapists in India” at the Annual conference of American Criminology Society (ACS), New Orleans, USA in November (2016)

• Presented Paper titled - “Attitudes of Convicted Rapists towards Women: A Mixed Methods Study in New Delhi Prison” in the Tenth Annual Research Conference at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford and won the award for Best Paper Presentation (2016)

• Presented Paper titled - “Understanding Masculinity Ideology in Convicted Rapists” at ISEPST Conference in Kyoto, Japan (2016)

• Repatriation Manual for Trafficked Victims in the United Kingdom - Pandey, M (2015). The Medaille Trust.

Research Projects

Title: “Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)”
Position: Research Assistant (2016)
This project was a collaboration between the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) of Anglia Ruskin University and Essex Police to combat the problem of child sexual exploitation. We undertook a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to understand CSE offender characteristics and offending patterns.

Title: “Repatriation Manual for Trafficked Victims in the United Kingdom”
Position: Author and Researcher (2015)
I was commissioned to develop a comprehensive Repatriation manual for the victims of human trafficking in the United Kingdom by The Medaille Trust. I collected and organized information on the most relevant and up to date British policies as well as country specific information from 40 countries for the safe return of the victims, which ultimately led to the production of the manual. This Repatriation Manual is being successfully used by the staff and volunteers working with victims of human trafficking in all leading NGOs across UK.


PhD Research with convicted rapists and murderers: Understanding gender socialisation and perceptions of culpability.

Title: “Indivisible Victims- Children of Prisoners”
For this research, children of convicted prisoners (N= 120) currently serving a sentence in Tihar Central Jail, New Delhi were asked to fill out the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). SDQ is a brief behavioural screening questionnaire for 3-16 year olds. This questionnaire was filled out by the children as well as their respective guardian to explore the emotional, financial and educational circumstances and struggles since the imprisonment of the father (Stage: Data Analysis)

Title: “Rape-Myth Acceptance in New Delhi College Students”
The updated Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (IRMA) by Payne, Lonsway, & Fitzgerald (1999) and McMahon & Farmer (2011) was given to a sample of college students (N = 200) from New Delhi to explore gender differences in acceptance or rejection of rape myths between men and women (Stage: Data Collection)

Future Projects:
“Until the justice system recognises that someone’s consensual sexual history is completely divorced from the question of whether they have been raped or assaulted, it will continue to let down the victims of sexual violence”- Harriet Harman (Women's Equality Party Leader )
Using the moot court at Sheffield Hallam University, this research will explore how the complainant's sexual history impacts jury's decision and will further provide policy implications. Title: Analysing the impact on previous sexual history of the complainant on (mock) jury verdicts in rape trials in United Kingdom.
People’s sexual history can be used as evidence under section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999. The retrial of Ched Evans brought fresh attention to this practice when he was acquitted of raping a 19-year-old woman based on her sexual history. This trial highlighted how women with "active sexual history" are often considered too promiscuous to be credible and reliable witnesses. Women’s groups have criticised Ministry of Justice (MoJ)’s decision to reject a proposed ban on questioning alleged rape victims about their sexual history in court. (Stage: Conceptualization)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Manchester and Sheffield
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