Olivia Taylor

Olivia Taylor

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Olivia is a part-time PhD candidate at the School of Criminology, beginning her studies in September 2019. Olivia first joined the School in September 2014, where she achieved her undergraduate degree (Criminology BA) with first class honours in 2017. In 2018, Olivia continued her studies on the School’s Criminology in Practice MSc and was awarded a distinction, along with the Herschel Prins Prize, Prize for Best Dissertation in Criminology, Best Student Prize for the MSc in Criminology in Practice, and Best Student Prize in Criminology. During this time, she also accrued over 1000 hours of volunteering with Leicester Nightline – a telephone listening service aimed at preventing student suicide.

Olivia has also worked with the University on a variety of research projects. With the Centre for Hate Studies, Olivia was a Standing Together Against Hate project assistant in 2018, where she was commissioned to co-produce a report on how the University of Leicester may improve upon issues of equality, diversity and inclusion practices. In 2019, Olivia also worked with the Law School and School of Criminology as research assistant for the Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence project, where she assisted the implementation of a toured art exhibit on the theme of challenging rape myths, and coordinated its evaluation.

Olivia’s interests in hate crime and gender, developed throughout her academic career, culminate in her PhD research topic: online hate against transgender people.

PhD Research

Relatively little is currently known about the nature of online transphobia and even less scholarship has examined the perpetrators. Olivia’s doctoral research aims to bridge this significant gap in the literature.

Olivia’s interdisciplinary research combines criminology with media and communication studies to investigate how ‘gender critical’ and other anti-trans sentiment differ on Twitter. The research examines who is posting anti-trans content, their usage of Twitter as a platform, the discourses used to express anti-trans views, and the degree to which these accounts may interact with each other. This research will highlight the varied manifestations of online hate against the transgender population, and provide insights into how social media platforms, such as Twitter, may become better equipped to combat transphobia.

Olivia is supervised by Dr Lucy Neville (Criminology) and Professor Kaitlynn Mendes (Media and Communication).

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