Lecturer in Criminology, Plymouth University

Dr Emma Milne is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law, Criminology and Government at the University of Plymouth. Emma joined Plymouth in September 2019 after working for two years as a lecturer in criminology at Middlesex University. Emma was previously at the University of Essex completing her doctoral studies in sociology. Her PhD was funded by the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), who are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Emma’s research interests are in feminist criminology and social and legal regulations of women, particularly in relation to sex and reproduction. Her PhD considered criminal justice responses to women suspected of causing the death of their newborn children. She analysed contemporary examples of criminal court hearings relating to infanticide, child cruelty, abortion and concealment of birth. The wider context of Emma’s work is a consideration of social controls (including criminal justice regulations) on all women, notably in relation to pregnancy and reproductive function. Specific research interests include


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, University of Plymouth
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer, Middlesex Univesity


    University of Essex, BA (Hons) History and Sociology
    University of Essex, MA History
    University of Essex, PhD Sociology


  • 2019
    Concealment of Birth: Time to Repeal a 200-Year-Old “Convenient Stop-Gap”?, Feminist Legal Studies