Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy, The Open University

I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy in May 2015. My principal research area consists of critical investigations of criminal legal system and community-based approaches to contest gendered violence, abuse and harms. My work aims to document and honour the lived complexities, struggles of, and impacts on, individuals and groups marginalised by the criminal legal system and systemic oppression including: anti-authoritarian social movements, QTIPOC, LGBTQ, BAMER and sex workers.

Before joining Open University, I worked as a Research Associate with a number of high-profile feminist academics in the field of violence against women including Professor Liz Kelly (Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University), Professor Nicole Westmarland (Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, Durham University) and Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham Law School). Research projects have included Project Mirabal, an ESRC and Northern Rock funded project on the impact of UK community-based domestic violence programmes on women and children's safety and freedom. I have also worked on a variety of topics in gender-based violence including restorative justice, what justice means to sexual violence survivors, anonymity for rape complainants, and the impact of recent law and policy reforms in relation to technology-facilitated sexual violence including revenge porn and upskirting.

I have recently completed the research project 'Salvage: Challenging Gendered Harms in Activist Communities’ as part of the salvage collective. This project used participatory action research approaches and semi-structured interviews with women and non-binary survivors to document impacts of gendered violence and harms and processes of denial and silencing at work in anti-authoritarian and leftist social justice movements in the UK. Our zine-report 'Gendered Violence in Activist Communities' and Toolkit were launched at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in September 2016. I co-facilitated a series of free one-day workshops during November and December 2016: 'Identifying, challenging and preventing gendered violence in your activist group, organisation and community' supported by the Feminist Review Trust.

Most recently I have organised a series of capacity-building workshops with and for activists involved in safer spaces, community alternatives and consent activism across the UK to share skills and learn together. This workshop series was supported by The Open University and involved workshops on challenging white supremacy, non-oppressive practice, workshop facilitation, sustainable activism and a strategy day.

I am currently developing research projects to explore the legacies of community alternatives to gendered violence in the UK and the anti-violence activist strategies developed in the women's liberation movement, issues that face transgender people placed in prison, and supporting further collaborative research that centres people of colour and disabled activists' experiences of violence, abuse and harm in social justice movements and activist communities.

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    Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy, The Open University