Dr Clare Gunby

Lecturer in CriminologyClare Gunby

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3747
  • Email: cg227@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 1.02, 1st floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal Details

I joined the School in June 2013, moving from a lectureship in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). I have an MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Leicester and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Plymouth. I was awarded my PhD in 2011 from the Centre for Public Health at LJMU. This mixed-methods PhD was one of the first UK examinations of students’ experiences of alcohol involved rape and the prosecution of such cases in court. My research interests focus on gender-based violence, the Night Time Economy, women’s experiences of criminal justice and gender more broadly. I publish and hold research grants in these areas. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Board Member at Leicester Rape Crisis.


  • Crimes of the Powerful (undergraduate)
  • Gender and Crime (undergraduate)
  • Power, Crime and Criminal Justice (postgraduate)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion
  • Skills and Employability Lead


Over the last several years I have worked with Liverpool City Council in the development and evaluation of campaigns that have run in Liverpool-based bars and clubs. These campaigns have raised awareness/challenged attitudes around alcohol-involved sexual offences. This input has informed the practice of Liverpool City Council and been the basis of ongoing research in the area. I am committed to using my research expertise to inform policy and practice.

I have recently co-led (with Dr Rebecca Barnes) a 27 month Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner funded project evaluating an intervention supporting medium risk repeat survivors of domestic abuse. This mixed-method study included Interviews with female survivors, advocacy workers and stakeholders; development of longitudinal case study journeys and analysis of police data. The Final Report is accessible here.

At the end of 2016 I brought to completion a two-year British Academy funded project titled ‘Evaluating Rape Law Effectiveness’. With Dr Anna Carline we interviewed 39 barristers working in four English cities about the impact of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act.


I am happy to accept applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Sexual violence victimisation
  • Rape policy, law reform and practice
  • Domestic abuse victimisation
  • The Night Time Economy (NTE)
  • Women’s experiences of victimisation and resistance in the NTE
  • Gender and sexuality more broadly

Selected Publications

  • Ayres, T.C., Barnes, R., Gunby, C. and Johnson, K. (2019) Improving the Mental Health Outcomes of Nottingham’s LGBT Populations: Quantitative analysis of existing national and regional statistics concerning the mental health needs and healthcare experiences of LGBT people (Available to Download here).
  • Carline, A., Gunby, C. and Taylor, S. (2017) ‘Too Drunk to Consent? Exploring the Contestations and Disruptions in Male Focused Sexual Violence Prevention Interventions’, Social and Legal Studies. Online First: DOI: 10.1177/0964663917713346.
  • Carline, A. and Gunby, C. (2017) ’Rape Politics, Policies and Practice: Exploring the Tensions and Unanticipated Consequences of well-intended Victim-focused Measures’, The Howard Journal, 56(1), pp. 34-52.
  • Gunby, C., Carline, C. and Taylor, S. (2017) ‘Location, Libation and Leisure: Questioning the Usefulness of the Night Time Economy in Challenging Sexual Violence’, Crime, Media and Culture. Online first: Doi: 10.1177/1741659016651751.
  • Barnes, R., Gunby, C., Shelton, N., Hodgkinson, S. and Ayres, T. (2016) Protect, Support and Respond to Repeat Female Victims of Medium Risk Domestic Abuse. Nottingham: Nottingham Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Gunby, C. and Atkinson, A. (2014) ‘Drinking Stories: The Importance of Gender, Narrative and Epistemology’, International Journal of Drugs Policy, 25(3), pp. 361-362.
  • Hedderman C. and Gunby, C. (2013) ‘Diverting Women from Custody: The Importance of Understanding Sentencers' Perspectives’, The Probation Journal, 60(4), pp. 425-438.
  • Gunby, C., Carline, A. and Beynon, C. (2012) ‘Regretting it After? Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption, Non-consensual Sex and False Allegations of Rape’, Social and Legal Studies, 22(1), pp. 87-106.
  • Hedderman, C., Gunby, C. and Shelton, N. (2011) ‘What Women Want: The Importance of Qualitative Approaches in Evaluating Work with Women Offenders’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 11(1), pp. 3-19.

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