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Dr Natasha Mulvihill

Dr Natasha Mulvihill

Dr Natasha Mulvihill
PhD, MSc, MA, PGCE, BSc(Hons)

Lecturer in Criminology

Office Room 1.1b, 6 Priory Road
8 Priory Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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I am a lecturer in Criminology and member of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research.  My research has focused particularly on UK prostitution policy, though my wider research interests are in the exercise of gender and power within and through the state and criminal justice system.   I am also interested in the perpetration of harm by institutions, in particular the inquiries in to historical abuse within state institutions; in how faith identities intersect with victimhood and offending; and in research methods, especially textual and discourse analysis. 

In April 2018, we were awarded 12 months funding by the UK Home Office to investigate the current nature and prevalence of prostitution and sex work in England and Wales.  We expect to publish our findings in Spring 2019.  See

October 2015 to May 2018, I worked with colleagues on an ESRC-funded project looking at how 'justice' is understood, sought and experienced by victims/survivors of gender-based violence.  The research involved conducting national interviews with 250 adult survivors of domestic, sexual and ‘honour’-based violence and abuse, rape, stalking, harassment and abuse mediated by technology, as well as tracking cases through longitudinal national police data.  See

I am an editor for the Journal of Gender Based Violence published by Policy Press ( and a member of the British Society of Criminology (

I did my undergraduate degree in Politics at Bristol and then trained as a secondary school English teacher, later doing an NVQ level 4 in adult literacy teaching.  It was through a short stint teaching literacy at the Probation Service and a year volunteer teaching creative writing to women exiting sex work that my interest turned towards crime, offending, social justice and gender.  Working for five years as a policy adviser at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), I studied for a Masters in Criminology and Social Policy part-time.  I was awarded a full-time four years Economic and Social Research Council studentship and completed the Masters in Policy Research Methods and PhD Social Policy based here at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. 

Since 2014, I have taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Criminology, Childhood Studies and Social Policy within the School for Policy Studies and in the Law School.






My research and writing has focused particularly on UK policy in relation to prostitution and sex work. For example, I am currently working (2018-2019) on a Home Office commissioned project exploring the current nature and prevalence of sex work in England and Wales. I have carried out extensive research involving interviews with victims and survivors of domestic abuse, 'honour'-related abuse and sexual violence, abuse and exploitation.

  • Prostitution and sex work
  • domestic violence and abuse
  • 'Honour'-based violence and abuse
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Faith responses to gender based violence
  • Justice responses to gender violence
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