Georgina Barkham-Perry

Contact DetailsGeorgina Barkham-Perry


Georgie is a full-time PhD student in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester. Prior to this, Georgie completed a BA(Hons) in Sociology at the University of Warwick and was awarded a 1st for her dissertation examining young people’s perceptions of the impact of online pornography.

Following graduation, Georgie worked for an NHS Mental Health hospital in Nottinghamshire during which time she came across survivors of sexual violence seeking support for the life-spanning effects of their victimisation. Taking a year out of study was a valuable learning experience and shaped Georgie’s decision to continue her academic career with an MSc in Criminology at the University of Leicester. During her MSc, Georgie took on the role of Course Representative, listening to and advocating on behalf of her peers, and was awarded the ‘Best Student Prize' for the highest overall grade average in her year. Her continued interest in sexual violence research shaped her MSc dissertation entitled: ‘Why We Heart Consent on Campus’ - investigating the understanding and application of sexual consent amongst university students, from the perspective of coordinators in the ‘I heart consent’ campaign: successes and limitations.

Throughout her degrees, Georgie volunteered in different capacities with disadvantaged children and currently volunteers at Odyssians holiday camp for disabled adults each summer. Since graduating her MSc, she undertook training to become a helpline volunteer for Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. Her enthusiasm volunteering in these fields is an attitude that she strives to incorporate alongside her PhD studies, for example, getting involved in the ‘Let’s Talk about Sexual Violence’ initiative (2019) and International Women’s Day (2019) at the University of Leicester. Georgie is also the Research Assistant and Network Coordinator for the Leicester Prisons Research Network - an interdisciplinary research network based at the University of Leicester and is involved in a project funded by the OPCC examining on-going crime and criminality in prisons. Georgie was recently awarded the People’s Choice Runners Up prize for the Doctoral College’s Images of Research competition for her entry with Dr Kate Gooch ‘Finding Hope in a Hopeless Place’ inspired by their current research into the rehabilitative prison.

Alongside Rachel Keighley (fellow Criminology PhD) and Amy Zala (MCS PhD), Georgie has set up a wellbeing coffee and cake morning for researchers (postgraduate and beyond) studying emotionally-demanding topics. The sensitive and often traumatic nature of the work that Georgie studies inspired her to develop a specialised wellbeing event that addresses the multi-layered impact of the researcher experience. In addition, Georgie is working alongside two other Criminology PhDs to develop a series of skills workshops aimed at Criminology postgraduates in 2019.

PhD Research

Georgie is supervised by Dr Clare Gunby and Dr Rebecca Barnes in Criminology. Georgie’s research seeks to expand upon work undertaken at MSc level by continuing to examine sexual violence in higher education through a multi-sectoral lens informed by contemporary and historical feminist theorising. She will consider the complexities that come with being a student in the context of sexual violence in contemporary society, incorporating a holistic philosophical framework that acknowledges the nuanced understanding of gender-based violence at both the theoretical and practical level.

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