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Reader in Gender Based Violence, Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol

Dr. Emma Williamson is a Reader in Gender Based Violence in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. Emma has over 25 years research experience working in the area of gender-based violence which has included research on health, law, social policy, and service interventions. Emma also has a keen interest in research ethics and has published widely on this topic. She is the current Faculty Research Ethics Officer and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Research Ethics Committee. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Gender Based Violence.

Emma previously worked as the Domestic Violence Information and Membership Manager for Women's Aid, the National Domestic Violence charity. In addition, Emma sits on a range of consultative bodies for National government and NGO organisations.


Emma has a wide range of teaching interests and has contributed to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the University of Bristol since 1998. Specific areas of interest include: domestic violence and health; feminist research methods; feminist theory; gender, sexuality, and identity; research ethics; computer assisted qualitative data analysis; research ethics within the social sciences; research governance; gender, violence and health.


I have worked on a range of projects relating to gender and violence over the past 25 years, most notably in relation to domestic violence and health. I am currently working on a number of projects including: Evaluation of a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme; Study of the prevalence and service use/needs of male, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic victims of domestic and sexual violence; impact of violence against women on rural and urban women; study on the impact of violence on the needs of military families; and an evaluation of the Freedom Programme. Emma previously worked as a researcher with the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, and is the Chair of the School for Policy Studies Ethics Committee.


  • –present
    Acting Head and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol