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Dr Natasha Mulvihill

Dr Natasha Mulvihill

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

Senior Research Associate

8 Priory Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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While my research has focused particularly on UK prostitution policy, my wider research interests are in gender and violence policy; gender and crime; and the exercise of gender and power within and through the state and criminal justice system.  I am interested too in research methods, especially textual and discourse analysis.  I teach on courses in criminology and social policy.

From Autumn 2015, I will be working with CGVR colleagues on a 30 month ESRC-funded project.  The project aims to address how 'justice' is understood, sought and experienced by victims/survivors of gender-based violence and key practitioners (including police, legal professionals, policy-makers and NGO workers).  The research involves conducting national interviews with 240 survivors of domestic, sexual and ‘honour’-based violence and abuse, as well as stalking, harassment and abuse mediated by technology, and with 40 practitioners.  We are particularly interested in understanding how social inequalities and identities (for example, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or being a parent, an ex-offender, or mental health service user) affect the experience of justice.  We are also using longitudinal police data in three force locations to track the progress of such cases through the criminal justice system.  We expect findings to be published from 2017 onwards.

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

Selected conference papers:

  • Mulvihill, N. and Gangoli, G., 2016. Policing ‘Honour’-Based Violence (HBV) in England and Wales.  British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Nottingham, UK, 6-9 July 2016.

  • Mulvihill, N., Gangoli, G. and Gill, A.K., 2016.  Victims/Survivor Voices – A Participatory Research Project Report for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary ‘Honour’-based Violence Inspection.  International Conference on Migration, Irregularisation and Activism, Malmö, Sweden, 15-16 June 2016. 

  • Mulvihill, N., 2015.  A critical discourse analysis of the Parliamentary debates on criminalising sex purchase in England and Wales 2006-2009.  Troubling Prostitution: Exploring Intersections of Sex, Intimacy and Labour Conference, Vienna, Austria, 17-18 April 2015.

  • Mulvihill, N., 2012.  An exploration of the issues for policy and for practice raised by ‘Naomi House’, a service supporting women with a history of working in street prostitution and drug addiction to keep their new babies.  Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Practice Conference, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK, 10-12 January 2012.

I did my undergraduate degree in Politics at Bristol and then trained as a secondary school English teacher and later as an adult literacy teacher.  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. 


I have taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Social Policy and in Criminology, including Introduction to Criminology (SPOL10019), Youth Justice (SPOL20022); Social Policy and the Welfare State: Historical Perspectives (SPOL10011); and Criminology (LAWD30100). 




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