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Dr Lis Bates

Dr Lis Bates

Dr Lis Bates
BA(Oxon.), MSc(Bristol), PhD

Research Fellow

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Lis Bates is Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, working primarily on an ESRC-funded project on Justice, Inequalities and Gender-Based Violence, and an EU-funded project on Addressing Sexual Violence Against Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Women. In 2018 she is also conducting research with domestic violence perpetratators, evaluating intervention programmes as part of the ReProvide and DRIVE research teams at Bristol. 

Lis holds a PhD (2017) in honour-based abuse (HBA) and forced marriage in the UK, which examined police and victims' agencies case files to profile the nature of 1,500 abuse cases. She devised a typology of HBA, based around the relationships between victims and perpetrators. 

Lis's interests primarily lie in the field of gender and violence, from a research but also a policy perspective. She was previously Head of Research & Evaluation at national domestic abuse charity SafeLives (formerly CAADA), leading work on evaluating outcomes for victims/survivors of domestic abuse, on health impacts and disclosures by victims, and on new commissioning models. She has worked in gender and development, leading an evaluation in 2015 for Plan UK and The GREAT Initiative of the impact of the 2014 Gender Act on increasing equality for women and girls in UK aid and development policy.

Her background is in UK policy-making, politics and parliamentary process, having worked in various senior roles over 8 year prior to joining academia for the Home and Cabinet Offices on domestic policy, and for select committees on Home Affairs and Education.

She is interested in international comparative policy, and is an active contributor to international conferences and forums, in 2017 acting as Expert to EU technical support missions on gender equality to Georgia and Lebanon; and is an increasingly active media commentator (blogs, Radio 4). 



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