Professor Aisha K. Gill, Ph.D. (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.
I am particularly interested in supervising postgraduate research in the following areas:
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:
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.
BBC 3 Counties. Addressing sexual violence in South Asian Communities 20 September [18.35] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p031kgph#play
Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show. Forced marriage and the death of Nadia Menaz. 22 September 2015 [08.51]
Criminalising forced marriage has not helped its victims, http://theconversation.com/criminalising-forced-marriage-has-not-helped-its-victims-43351 16 June 2015.
Against all odds, Naz Shah is poised to give a voice to the women of Bradford West, http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/against-all-odds-naz-shah-poised-give-voice-women-bradford-west, 4 May 2015.
How do we bring FGM to an end in Britain? http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/how-do-we-bring-fgm-end-britain, 6 Febuary 2015.
Discussion of Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy's comments about government crime targets hampering child sexual exploitation investigations. BBC Asian Network, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04m45tk [15.15] 29 October 2014 [Audio].
Rotherham abuse scandal: Is race relevant? Discussion with Mike Sweeney on BBC Radio Manchester http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024wy09 [06:00:00] 29 August 2014 [Audio]
Discussion of the fall-out from the child sexual abuse and exploitation cases reported in Rotherham with Shelagh Fogarty on Radio 5 live http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04f8995 [01:08:06] 27 August 2014 [Audio]
Discussion of stand-alone forced marriage law introduced in England and Wales on BBC News 24 http://vimeo.com/roehampton/review/98345279/a400d3163b [16 June 2014] [Video]
Forced Marriage debate with London MPs Heidi Alexander and Angie Bray on Sunday Politics Show, http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03wwvc5/Sunday_Politics_London_09_03_2014/ [53:18], 9 March 2014 [Video]
The Asian Silence? Are crimes against women the last taboo? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mmkz0, 28 November 2013 [Audio]
London 'slavery' case, ITV Daybreak - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ-Bz4ZOcLI&feature=youtu.be, 22 November 2013 [Video]
Delhi gang-rape case [Nirbhaya]: Al Jazeera English - Inside Story discussion about the death penalty and sexual violence in India, http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2013/09/201391463254311817.html 13 September 2013 [Video]
Comment on gender-based/sex-selective abortions in the UK, SKY News http://vimeo.com/74818807, 5 September 2013 [Video]
India needs comprehensive reform not death penalty to deal with violence against women http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/2013/08/india_needs_com 26 August 2013 [comment]
Forced Marriage: Comment on the government campaign to alert agencies during summer holidays: http://vimeo.com/72253887; http://news.sky.com/story/1126868/forced-marriages-alert-over-school-holidays 10 August 2013 [Video]
B.A., M.A. [Distinction], Ph.D. (Essex), PGCHE
1. British Academy Overseas Travel Grant for 'Honour' Killings Conference in Canberra, Australia 
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]