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Professor Marianne Hester

Professor Marianne Hester

Professor Marianne Hester
BAHons (Oxon), MA, PhD(Leeds)

Chair in Gender, Violence & International Policy

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 954 6626

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Biography

Professor Marianne Hester OBE (MA Oxon, PhD Leeds) is the Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. She is Patron of South Tyneside Women's Aid and Patron of Devon Rape Crisis.

She is a leading researcher of gender-based violence and has directed groundbreaking research on many aspects of violence, abuse and gender relations, including comparative research on child contact and domestic violence in Denmark and the UK, and comparing domestic violence in China and the UK, progression of doemstic violence and rape cases through the criminal justice system. Her work has directly influenced health, criminal justice and family policy and practice in the UK, Europe and other countries. Much of her research is comparative, focusing on the UK, Europe, China and Scandinavia. She is currently researching: male domestic violence victims and perpetrators accessing the health service; progression of rape cases through the criminal justice system and ISVAs; and comparing domestic violence perpetrator programmes across Europe.

She has worked closely with a range of government departments and NGOs, e.g. as expert advisor to the NICE Programme Development Group (PDG) for guidance onPreventing and Reducing Domestic Violence between Intimate Partners, as Research Director to the Department of Health & National Institute for Mental Health ‘Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme’, as specialist advisor to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 'Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’-based violence', and as NSPCC Professor of Child Sexual Exploitation. She has been visiting Professor at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, and the Nordic Institute of East Asian Studies, Copenhagen. 

She was for a long period involved in the Rape Crisis Movement in the UK and has worked in close collaboration with organisations such as Women's Aid that provide services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. She is a member of the Centre for East Asian Studies. She also leads the MRes and PhD pathway in Security, Conflict & Justice,and  teaches on the Masters Programmes in Public Policy, Policy Research and Social Work.

Teaching

International and comparative perspectives on gender violence; children and domestic violence; contradictions and compromises in interventions to counter violence and abuse.

Keywords

  • Comparative and transnational research on gender and violence; violence against women and children in the UK
  • Denmark and China; Domestic violence perpetrators; domestic violence in same sex relationships; Child contact and domestic violence; Prostitution.

Expertise

I have directed groundbreaking research on many aspects of violence, abuse and gender relations, including recent work on: children and domestic violence, discipline and punishment of children in China and UK, male and female domestic violence perpetrators, abuse in same-sex relationships, and sexual exploitation. My research is often comparative, focusing on the UK, China and Scandinavia. My work has directly influenced national health, criminal justice and family policy and practice. I am NSPCC Fresh Start Professor of Child Sexual Exploitation. I served on the Home Affairs Select Committee on 'Domestic violence, Forced Marriage and "Honour"-based Violence', and was Research Director to the Department of Health 'Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme'.

  • violence against women
  • violence against women and children in China; Denmark and UK
  • domestic violence
  • Street prostitution
  • Criminal justice approaches
  • child contact and domestic violence
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Memberships

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    School for Policy Studies

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