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Dr Natasha Mulvihill

Dr Natasha Mulvihill

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

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, 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 gender and violence policy; gender and harm; and the exercise of gender and power within and through the state and criminal justice system.   I am also interested in how faith identities intersect with victimhood and offending; in the radicalisation of young people; in the perpetration of harm by institutions, in particular the inquiries in to historical abuse within state and faith institutions; and in research methods, especially textual and discourse analysis. 

I am currently working with colleagues on a 30 month ESRC-funded project looking at how 'justice' is understood, sought and experienced by victims/survivors of gender-based violence.  The research involves conducting national interviews with 240 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. We expect findings to be published from 2017 onwards.

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

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







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