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Senior Lecturer in Law, Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre., Manchester Metropolitan University

Research expertise: Kate is an active researcher and author, who has an interest in feminist theory; the law on rape, child sexual abuse, FGM and domestic homicide and in all social aspects of supporting survivors of abuse. Kate has a 27-year history of working with survivors and is active within a number of women’s groups. She was a founder member of Trafford Rape Crisis and had previously worked within Manchester Rape Crisis. She has also been active within Justice for Women, the Campaign to End Rape and Safety4Sisters. Kate is currently working with Manchester Action on Street Health, Trafford Rape Crisis and Manchester Rape Crisis on the Voices of Survivors research (see @VOSGM on Twitter for more).

Other academic collaborations: Work with OpCit Research (for the European Parliament, 2013) and the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, 2013).


  • 2001–present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, Manchester Metropolitan University


  • 2005 
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Phd
  • 1997 
    Manchester Metropolitan University, LLB (Hons)


  • 2008
    Rape Crisis: Responding to Sexual Violence, Russell House

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Innovation and Knowledge Exchange
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