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Colleen Moore

Senior Researcher

International Policing and Public Protection Research Institute (IPPPRI)

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Criminology , Policing
Research Supervision:

Colleen is a Senior Researcher at IPPPRI (International Policing and Public Protection Research Institute whose 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 developed and wrote the Criminology undergraduate degrees and was Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for 17 years, overseeing Criminology and Policing undergraduate and Master’s degrees. She has taught on a variety of modules and is currently seconded to IPPPRI.

Colleen has been awarded two Vice Chancellor’s Awards, a highly commended VC award, a Dean’s award, and an Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Award.

Research interests
  • Rape, sexual violence and sexual harassment
  • Violence against women in conflict zones
  • Justice
  • Violent victimisation
  • Feminist criminology

Colleen’s research explores some of the ways in which women cope with the impact of sexual violence. Colleen is currently examining the contexts through which silence and articulating that which is 'unspeakable' is embedded into women's lives, narratives and sexual scripts. Colleen is currently contributing to several active research projects, including conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine; the voice and memories of victims of rape and sexual violence; experiences of families of people under investigation for viewing and/or possessing abusive child abuse material.

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. In addition, previous research has focused on 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
  • (working title) ‘The Criminal Justice System Is Failing Victim-Survivors Of Sexual Violence: would the implementation of a victim-survivor-centric criminal justice system give victim survivors the justice they deserve?’, PhD, current
  • ‘Networked image-based sexual abuse: a conceptual model’, PhD, successful completion, 2023
  • 'Male prisoners’ attitudes towards women, and their perceptions of culpability from a Delhi prison', PhD successful completion, 2019
  • 'Honour-based violence in Ethnic Communities in England and Wales', PhD successful completion, 2018
  • 'Understanding violence In Pakistan', PhD, successful completion, 2017
  • 'What is the difference between Ecstasy and MDMA?' PhD, successful completion, 2016
  • Rape and sexual victimisation
  • Violence against women and girls

Colleen is currently at capacity for research supervision.

  • 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
Selected recent publications

Moore, C., Politova, A. and Kniazkova, L. (2024). Sexual Violence in Ukraine at War: a hierarchy of harms? (awaiting publication).

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
  • Conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine, EuroCrim, September 2023
  • Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVIRI), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2017
  • Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence Conference in Belgium, Nov 2014
Media experience
  • Many interviews on news radio and TV