Personal profile


Caitlin Knight is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton. She has conducted research examining the emotional experience of journalists reporting on genocide, specifically focusing on the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica.  In her role as a lecturer, she is interested in expanding her research interest in emotion management and recently completed a project which explored the emotional experiences of Roehampton students during their commute.

Research interests

Caitlin's research interests include the sociology of emotions, emotion management, emotional labour, media and journalism, media and crime, emotion and crime, war reporting, genocide, and cultural criminology.

Research projects

Caitlin has recently completed a research project funded by the Southlands Methodist Trust, entitled: Understanding Emotional Journeys: the emotional impact of the student 'commute' during the era of Covid-19.  This research engaged with the emotional challenges faced by Roehampton students on their ‘commute’ – whether onto campus or virtually.  It explored how students emotionally experienced this commute and how it may have impacted their learning and wellbeing.


Caitlin is currently the Programme Convenor for the MA Criminology & Criminal Justice.  She also acts as the Academic Guidance Tutor to all Year 1 Criminology & Criminal Justice / Criminology & Policing / and Criminology and Sociology Combined students.

Caitlin teaches across all years on the UG Criminology programme, as well as on the MA Criminology & Criminal Justice programme.  Some of the modules she has experience teaching on include:

  • Criminological Theories
  • Crime, Culture, and the City
  • Becoming a Criminologist 
  • Criminology in Practice 
  • Criminology: Theories, Concepts, and Ideas
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Undergraduate dissertation supervision

Postgraduate dissertation supervision

Professional affiliations

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow

British Sociological Association (BSA)

Journalism Safety Research Network (JSRN)

Journalism Education Trauma Research Group (JETREG)

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Thesis: 'Exploring the use of emotional labour by journalists reporting on genocide: the cases of Rwanda and Srebrenica', University of Surrey


MSc Forensic Archaeology: Crime Scene & International Investigations , MSc, Bournemouth University


BA Criminology and Psychology, BA (Hons), University of Westminster