Colleen Moore

Senior Lecturer, Criminology and Policing

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Criminology , Policing

Research Supervision:Yes

Colleen’s current research interests are related to sexual violence particularly victim/survivor perspectives and experiences.

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After working as a researcher at Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology, Colleen joined ARU in 1999.

Colleen’s work is broadly concerned with ‘justice’, and how it is perceived by people who have diminutive voices in public debates and legal responses, particularly women and girls.

She is currently working on the university’s strategy group, to embed and apply appropriate prevention measures and responses to sexual violence and abuse at ARU. She is also a trustee at Cambridge Rape Crisis.

Colleen has taught on a variety of modules, and currently focuses her teaching in the areas of violence, sexual violence, the regulation of sex (prostitution, exploitation and pornography) and violence against women.

In addition, for her part in team-teaching, Colleen has been awarded two Vice Chancellor’s Awards, as well as an Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Award.

Research interests

  • Violence against women and girls
  • Rape, sexual violence and sexual harassment
  • Justice
  • Violent victimisation
  • Feminist criminology

Most recently, Colleen’s research has involved exploring some of the ways in which women cope with the impact of sexual violence (especially those who do not officially report their experiences). In her PhD, Speaking of Justice, Colleen is examining the contexts through which silence and articulating that which is 'unspeakable' is embedded into women's lives, narratives and sexual scripts. Colleen’s previous research has examined the repositioning of victims into one of a deviant, even criminal actor, especially when morals and sexual conduct are scrutinized; sexual exploitation and trafficking; the age of criminal responsibility; parole and the discretionary lifer process; young people and their treatment in the youth justice system; and community service evaluation.

Areas of research supervision

  • Rape and sexual victimisation
  • 'Disconnects between policy and practice in addressing domestic abuse', PhD
  • 'Male prisoners’ attitudes towards women, and their perceptions of culpability from a Delhi prison', PhD
  • 'Online Gender-Based Violence', PhD
  • 'What is the difference between Ecstasy and MDMA?' PhD, successful completion, 2016
  • 'Understanding violence In Pakistan', PhD, successful completion, 2017
  • 'Honour-based violence in Ethnic Communities in England and Wales', PhD


Current modules taught:

  • Crime News and Criminology (Level 4)
  • Making a Difference (Level 5)
  • Lessons Learned (Level 5)
  • Undergraduate Major Projects: Criminology and Policing


  • PGCE, Anglia Ruskin University 
  • MPhil Institute of Criminology, Cantab, University of Cambridge 
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • American Society of Criminology

Selected recent publications

Moore, C. (2013). Beguiling Eve and Her Innocent Counterpart: Victim-Offender Identities in the Criminal Justice Process. In Global Criminology (pp. 289–314).

Gilbert, A. and Moore, C. (2010), ‘Human Trafficking in the UK: The Journey So Far and the Road Ahead’, Criminal Law, 194: 1–5.

Markovska, M. & Moore, C. (2008) “Stilettos and Steel Toe-caps: Legislation of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and its enforcement in the UK and Ukraine” in Van Duyne, P., Harvey, J., Maljevic, A., von Lampe, K. & Scheinost, M. (eds) European Crime Markets at Crossroads: Extended and extending crime in Europe.

Graham, J. & Moore, C. (2007) “Beyond Welfare versus Justice” in Junger-Tas, J. (ed) (2007) International Handbook of Juvenile Justice, Decker.

'Community Punishment: A Review of the Community Service Pathfinder Evaluation' by Gelsthorpe, L., S. Rex and Moore, C. (2004). Vista Perspectives on Probation 8 (3): 146-154.

Rex, S., Gelsthorpe, L. Roberts, C. & Jordan, P., with Moore, C., Howes, M., Osada, M., Powell, P., Webb, A. & Merrington, S. (2003). Crime Reduction Programme: An Evaluation of Community Service Pathfinder Projects Final Report 2002, RDS Occasional Paper, Home Office, London.

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVIRI), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2017
  • Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence Conference in Belgium, Nov 2014