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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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+44 (0) 117 954 6733



I am a lecturer in Criminology and member of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research.  My research has focused particularly on UK prostitution and sex work 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 intersections of contemporary and popular culture with violence, gender and power; as well as intersections of faith. 

May 2018 to October 2019, we were commissioned by the UK Home Office to investigate the current nature and prevalence of prostitution and sex work in England and Wales.  Our final report was submitted in June 2019 and published 30 October 2019.  See:  Work is also underway to publish academic outputs through 2020 and we secured ESRC IAA exploratory funding (July-October 2019) to see what practical actions might follow the report.  

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

This also initiated a subset of work where Dr Nadia Aghtaie, Dr Hilary Abrahams and I have been looking at faith responses to gender based violence. See  We are continuing this faith and GBV work in 2020.

In 2015, we were commissioned by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to seek the views and experiences of individuals who had reported (or not reported) to police in England and Wales 'honour'-based violence or female genital mutilation.  We interviewed 50 women over a 4-month period, publishing our findings in December 2015.  The work has informed changes in police practice.  See   

In 2014, I worked with Dr Emma Williamson to evaluate a local project supporting young girls who had been trafficked or groomed in to sexual exploitation.  See  

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

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 in 2014.  In 2017, I secured my first lectureship here, in Criminology. 




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. I have also 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 (FGM)
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Policy responses to gender violence
  • Justice responses to gender violence
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