Dr Lucy Neville

Lucy Neville
Lucy Neville

Lecturer in Criminology

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BA (Hons), MA (Oxon), MSc, PhD, PGC-HE

I joined Leicester in 2017 and currently lecture in Criminology. I am primarily interested in understanding women's engagement with sex, sex work, and pornography; and domestic and gender-based violence. My PhD thesis in Forensic Psychology involved investigating violence perpetuated against sex workers by both clients and intimate partners across seven metropolitan areas from 1980-2006, and since then I have worked on a number of projects focused around women involved in sex work.

Prior to (re)entering academia I worked for several years at BBC Media Action, the BBC's international development charity. There I worked on projects as diverse as HIV/AIDs awareness in Cambodia, learning English as a second language in Bangladesh, gender-based violence in refugee camps in South Sudan, and a large-scale piece of research investigating the public perception of climate change across Africa. I remain interested in how social issues impact on people cross-culturally, and the role of media in shaping public perceptions.

Before joining the team at Leicester, I was based at Middlesex University where I worked on a number of projects, including: an evaluation of the roll-out of a domestic violence programme across London, a project looking at best practice in outreach with street-based sex workers and young people, a piece of research in collaboration with Alcohol Concern and Mentor looking at the connection between drinking in young people and offending, and a review of domestic homicides for the West Midlands Police Force Area.

I also carry out research into women's production and consumption of pornography, particularly gay pornography. A published writer of erotica myself (under a pen name!) I am interested in the changing landscape of pornography, particularly how women interact with pornography and erotica on both a personal and societal level.

I am one of the founding members of the FemGenSex network of feminist scholars interested in investigating areas around women, gender, and sexuality.


  • Gender and Crime (Undergraduate)
  • Victims of Crime (Undergraduate)
  • Sex and Violence (Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (Undergraduate)

A fellow of the HEA, I am passionate about teaching as activism, and was the runner up for the 'Most Innovative Teaching Award' presented by the Middlesex Students' Union 2015.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Union Representative
  • BSc Criminology with Forensic Psychology Course Lead


  • Sex work
  • Women's consumption and production of erotica/pornography
  • Violence towards women, particularly within the context of prostitution
  • Domestic violence
  • Outreach work
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Youth work
  • Hard to reach populations
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Acid attacks

I was PI of an evaluation of Domestic Homicide Reviews for the West Midlands Police Force Area, and managed the quantitative element of an evaluation of Safer London (on their work with young people at risk of gang membership and sexual exploitation). Both projects have had demonstrable impact on local and national policy agendas – the DHR evaluation was cited in the parliamentary debates and the WMPFA has invested £70,000 in developing an offender treatment programme in light of our recommendations.  In 2015 I presented a paper with Dr. Erin Sanders-McDonagh on service provision for street based sex workers (based on the evaluation we carried out for Women’s Open Spaces in 2012) at The House of Commons at a special evidence gathering symposium on the decriminalization of sex work hosted by the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP).  This is part of the ongoing Commons inquiry into sex work – in July of last year the interim report by the home affairs select committee requested, in the light of evidence presented, that laws criminalising soliciting and sharing of premises by sex workers be repealed.

PhD Supervision

  • Sex work (particularly violence and sex work)
  • Pornography and erotica
  • Domestic violence and domestic homicide
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Feminism


Neville, L. (accepted, forthcoming 2021). ‘I don’t want to be presented as some sort of freak-show... but you’re ‘one of us’’: Stigmatised groups and decisions to participate in insider/outsider research. The Journal of Fandom Studies.

Hopkins, M., Neville, L. & Sanders, T. (2021). Acid crime: Context, motivation, and prevention. Palgrave.

Neville, L. & Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2020). Walk this way: The impact of mobile and sensory methods on research with sex workers and street populations. Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit, 19(3).

Neville, L. (2018). ‘Come On In! The Tent’s Big Enough For Everyone’: Slash fiction as a site for activism and change. Gender, Place, and Culture, 25(3), 384-398.

Neville, L. (2018). Girls who like boy who like boys: Women and gay male pornography and eroticaLondon: Palgrave.

Nolas, S.M, Sanders-McDonagh, E., & Neville, L. (2018).  "Gimme shelter"? A call for creating non-violent communities.  In R. Rosen, K. Twamley, & A. Varley (eds.), Feminism and the politics of Childhood: Friends or foes? London: University College London Press.

Neville, L. & Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2018).  Gentrification and the Criminalization of Sex Work: Exploring the Sanitization of Sex Work in Kings Cross with the use of ASBOs and CBOs.  In T. Sanders & M. Laing, Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism, and Politics. London: Routledge.

Neville, L. (2017).  ‘Come On In!  The Tent’s Big Enough For Everyone’: Online slash fiction as a site for activism and change. Gender, Place, and Culture

Neville, L. & Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2017). Too Little, Too Late: Domestic Violence Policy in the Age of Austerity.  Discover Society, 44

Sanders-McDonagh, E., Neville, L. & Nolas S. M. (2016). From Pillar to Post: The victimisation of women and children who experience domestic violence in an age of austerity. Feminist Review, 112, 60-76.

Neville, L. (2015). Male Gays In The Female Gaze: Women who watch m/m pornography. Porn Studies, 2(2-3), 192-207.


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