Institute of Social Justice and Crime

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ISJ&C is an intellectual and operational vehicle at the University of Suffolk for conducting applied research in social science, humanities and its cognate fields. 


The Institute for Social Justice and Crime addresses social issues, understanding the causes and consequences of crime and in doing so will seek to expand academic policy and practice knowledge. The Institute’s research will further develop knowledge of multi-agency practices to improve their service to the community, increase public safety and to facilitate social justice. Interdisciplinarity, mixed and creative methodologies are key to the Institute’s approach to research. The Institute for Social Justice and Crime provides a nurturing research culture where early career researchers are valued and mentored to ensure they achieve their potential and everyone’s health and wellbeing are prioritised. 


The Institute for Social Justice and Crime is committed to addressing the social issues which act as barriers to justice with an emphasis on the experiences of vulnerable and marginalised groups. Fundamentally the Institute seeks to make the world a more equal and just place in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular: Gender equality; Reduced inequalities and Peace, justice and strong institutions. 


Through consultations with academic staff at the University and external stakeholders 5 initial themes have been identified which will be the focus for developing specialism and excellence within the institute. Intersectionality, cross-theme collaboration and working is central to the institutes approach which will have dedicated staff to co-develop research work alongside the theme leadership teams. 

  • People, Justice and Security 

  • Trauma, Injustice, Violence & Abuse 

  • Gender and Sexual Minorities 

  • Childhoods, Children and Young People 

  • Global Majorities and Racial Justice

Find out more about our research themes

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Introduction to the Institute

Research Fellows

Research Fellows

Our People

Professor Miranda Horvath

Professor Horvath is a leading international researcher in the field of forensic psychology, specifically Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

Mark Manning

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Senior Research Fellow within the Institute of Social Justice and Crime.

Lucy Williamson

Lucy supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk, providing administrative support for the Research Institutes.

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Megan Hermolle

Megan Hermolle is a Research Fellow with research interests in law, feminism and crime.

Lindsey Redgwell

Lindsey supports the Institute for Social Justice & Crime providing administration and project management support to research projects across the institute.

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Trauma, Injustice, Violence & Abuse

Childhoods, Children & Young People

People, Justice & Security

Gender & Sexual Minorities

Global Majorities & Racial Justice

Cross-Cutting/intersectional working between themes

  • Ioana Crivatu
    • Title: Factors Prompting Decisions to Disengage from Multiple Perpetrator Rape: A Mixed-methods Study
    • Description: The project investigates multiple perpetrator rape (i.e., sexual offending involving at least two people). It focusses specifically on the individuals within the group who do not sexually participate alongside other(s) but are nonetheless present or involved in other capacities. Drawing on psychological and criminological theories and utilising a mixed-methods design, the research aims to uncover the individual(s)’ actions, decision-making process and the factors contributing to them.
  • Arianna Barbin
    • Title: Policing sex offences: UK officers’ insights on specialism.
    • Description: In recent years, there has been increasing interest to address how the police handle sex offences. Despite this, academic research is frequently limited to government surveys on victim experience and satisfaction with police work. Several campaigns, interventions and projects have been initiated to understand why the conviction rate for rape and other sexual offences remains minimal despite the overall increase in reports. This PhD aims at closing some of the gaps around the topic, focusing on the officers’ perspective of what they think they are doing when they are working in contact with the public. Moreover, their ideas of the advantages and barriers of implementing specialism within police forces will be considered to inform future policies and legislation. A range of academic and policing tools will be used to map how specialism evolved throughout the years, what it implies, and how much police officers in England and Wales value specialist knowledge as a tool to repair victims’ expectations and dissatisfaction.
  • Olga Khokhlova 
    • Working title: Perception of Marital Rape: the role of level of resistance, sexual deprivation, and jealousy.

  • Dr Kari Davies – Visiting Senior Fellow in Social Justice and Crime 

  •  Survivors in Transition  

  •  Marie Collins Foundation 

  • CrimeStoppers 

  • LimeCulture 

  • Hope Training & Consultancy 

  • Drive Charity 

Get in Touch

If you would like more information on our research or to explore collaborative opportunities, please do get in touch with the Institute Director, Prof Miranda Horvath on 


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