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Professor Aisha K. Gill, Ph.D. CBE (University of Essex), is Professor of Criminology at University of Roehampton. Her main areas of interest are health and criminal justice responses to violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women in the UK, Iraqi Kurdistan and India. Professor Gill is often in the news as a commentator on early/child/forced marriage, violence predicated on 'honour', and sexual violence in South Asian communities. She writes for mainstream popular as well as academic audiences. Her current research interests include domestic violence; rights, law and early/child/forced marriage/female genital mutilation; 'honour' killings and 'honour'-based violence in the South Asian/Kurdish Diaspora and femicide in Iraqi Kurdistan and India; missing women; acid violence; child contact; trafficking; and sexual violence and exploitation. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals (see publications section). In March 2016 the first special issue on 'Violence' that she co-edited for Feminist Review was published by Palgrave Macmillan. In 2015 she was involved in a jointly funded commissioned research by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary [HMIC] documenting the experiences of victims/survivors of 'honour'-based violence, including forced marriage and female genital mutilation in collaboration with University of Bristol. Currently she is conducting research funded by Hertfordshire Police Crime Commissioner on 'honour' based violence and related harmful practices.

Professor Gill has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women (VAW) at the grassroots level for the past eighteen years. She is a board member of 'End Violence Against Women' Coalition (EVAW); invited adviser to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) strategic support group on investigations and complaints involving gendered forms of violence against women in the UK (including domestic violence); member of Liberty's Project Advisory Group; member of Kurdish Women's Rights Watch; Imkaan and Chair of Newham Asian Women's Project (2004-2009). Gill has extensive experience of providing expert advice to the Government, Ministry of Justice, Scotland Yard/Metropolitan Police, Crown Prosecution Service, and the voluntary sector on legal policy issues related to so-called 'honour' killings and forced marriage. She has challenged politicians to be more inclusive of BMER women's voices in policy-making on issues of gender-based violence and human rights.

Areas of specific interest

I am particularly interested in supervising postgraduate research in the following areas:

  • violence against women/crimes of patriarchy/femicide/forced marriage/so-called 'honour' killings/ 'honour'-based violence/female genital mutilation
  • gender, crime and victimisation
  • gender, human rights and/or feminist theory
  • women's movements and policy
  • policing, punishment and crime ('race', gender and social class)
  • policing, violence and ethnic minorities
  • domestic violence, criminal justice policy and law
  • sexual violence and child sexual exploitation

Graduate Student Supervision

  1. Kostas Gousis (Nov 2016- ) Rethinking Political Subjectivity: Immigrant activism during the Greek Crisis (2008-15) (director)
  2. Sundeep Mangat (Feb 2015- ) Investigation of sexual violence and rape in India, (director)
  3. Courtney Perlmutter (2014) Socio-legal interventions to address female gential mutilation in the UK, (director)
  4. Naheed Anwar (2012 - ) A study of Salafi Women in Birmingham, (director)
  5. Ahalya Bala (2012 - ) Political Activism and Radicalisation Amongst Younger Generation Tamils in London (co-supervised with Professor John Eade)
  6. Trishima Mitra-Kahn (2010) PhD Sociology and Anthropology, Performing Feminism: Activism against Street Sexual Harassment in Urban North India, (co-supervised with Dr Marzia Balzani)
  7. Yasmina Benhamou (2010) MA International Relations and Human Rights, A Critical Examination of Morocco's Legal Policies and International Commitments in Addressing Domestic Violence, (director)
  8. Funmi Johnson (2007) MA Equality and Diversity, The Struggle for Equality: The State and the Violence Against Women Movement in the UK, (director)

Research Funding


1. British Academy Small Research grant to investigate sex offenders and sexual violence in South Asian communities in England and Wales (JI 2013-2015)
2. Santander Mobility Award to investigate female genital mutilation in Somali communities (PI 2015-2017)

3. HMIC research on experiences of victims/survivors of 'honour'-based violence, including forced marriage and female genital mutilation (JI May-November 2015)

Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Dr Gill has received several awards and honours for her academic achievements:

  • Awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services in tackling forced marriage, 'honour' crimes and violence against women (16 June 2017) 
  • Winner of the Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC] Outstanding Impact in Public Policy, 24 June 2015
  • Recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award, University of Essex, July 2012
  • Winner of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, Category: Professional of the Year, May 2011
  • Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India) in the Field of Education, January 2011
  • United Nations, Division for the Advancement of Women Award to attend Expert Group Summit on 'Developing Good Practices in Legislation to Address Harmful Practices', Addis Abba, Ethiopia, May 2009
  • Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship, University of Essex, UK, 1998-2001
  • Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship, University of Essex, UK, 1997-1998
  • Police Research Award Scheme Innovation Award. Home Office, London, UK, June 1997
  • Department of Sociology Fuller Bequest Project Prize, University of Essex, UK, July 1996

Available for media contact about:

Violence against women/girls, in particular so-called 'honour' killings, forced marriage, acid violence, domestic violence and policing, sexual violence, child sexual exploitation, race and gender issues in South Asian communities. 


B.A., M.A. [Distinction], Ph.D. (Essex), PGCHE

Research projects


1. British Academy Overseas Travel Grant for 'Honour' Killings Conference in Canberra, Australia [2011]

2. British Academy Small Research grant to investigate so-called 'honour' killings in Punjab, India [PI, 2011-2012]

3. NSPCC Funded project 'Child Contact in the Context of Post-Separation Violence: Issues for Black and Minority Ethnic Women and Children' [CI, 2008-2011]

4. Forced Marriage Unit (Foreign Commonwealth Office) grant for 'Change Together: A pilot project to create informed choice for students facing Forced Marriage' in collaboration with Asha Project - Lambeth [Consultant, 2010]

5. Kurdistan Regional Government grant for the project 'An Investigation into 'Honour'-based Violence (HBV) and 'Honour'-based Killings in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Kurdish Diaspora in the UK: Contested debates on gendered violence, 'honour', ethnicity, nation and the quest to eradicate HBV' [JI, 2008-2010]

6. 'Together we can end violence against women and girls' consultation support (Home Office, Violent Crime Unit) [Stakeholder Consultant, 2009]
7. 'An Investigation into 'Honour'- based Violence (HBV) in the Sikh community in the UK (Metropolitan Sikh Police Association) [PI, 2009]
8. Economic and Social Research Council and Technology Strategy Board [JI, 2008-2009]
9. Roehampton University funded project by CRUCIBLE, Institute for Child Well-Being and Newham Asian Women's Project, 'COPE: Empowering young people to cope with life's challenges' [JI, 2008]
10.Home Office/Foreign Commonwealth Office Funded project 'Forced Marriage: Data Analysis of the Government's Forced Marriage Criminalisation Consultation Response' [PI, 2007]
11. European Commission Funded Project with the Berlin Institute for Comparative Social Research (BIVS), Berlin on 'Female Marriage Migration' [PI, 2006]
12.West Sussex Crime Reduction Partnership Board Research Grant for the project 'Needs assessment of domestic violence services in West Sussex' A. Gill [JI, 2004]

Professional affiliations

  • Editorial board member of Feminist Review
  • Membership of the British Society of Criminology
  • Membership of the British Sociological Association
  • Membership of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education since 2002
  • Women of the Future Ambassador for Asian Women of Achievement Awards, UK


Subjects Taught


  • Gender Violence and Human Rights (Convener, 2004 - )
  • Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence (Convener, 2005 - )
  • Youth, Crime and Justice (Convener, 2004 - )


Research outputs

  1. Women on Brexit

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. “Go Home!” The Aftermath of Brexit

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  1. Shortlisted for First Women Awards

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. CBE

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