Joshua Stuart-Bennett

2016 AFPGR Participant


Victorian ‘Baby-Farming’ Child Killers: Aberration or ‘Rational’ Act?

About Joshua

Joshua graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 with an upper second-class (Hons) Psychology degree before moving to the University of Leicester where he graduated in 2014 with a distinction in MSc Clinical Criminology and was awarded with the Best Student Prize for that year. He was then offered a PhD Studentship to continue developing the research ideas from his MSc studies and is currently being supervised by Dr Sarah Hodgkinson and Dr Hillary Jones.

During his time as a PhD student at Leicester, Joshua has also helped organise an inter-disciplinary conference on ‘Revenge’ with Dr Sarah Hodgkinson and has given a number of guest lectures for the Clinical Criminology and Psychology of Evil modules.

Research interests include:

  • Philosophy and crime.
  • Cultural criminology.
  • Understanding acts of extreme violence.
  • Gender and crime.
  • Inter-disciplinary research approaches.
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Joshua's Research

Joshua’s PhD research examines deficiencies within the current study and understanding of multiple homicide (especially as it concerns women). Challenging the conventional essentialist approaches, the research adopts a contextualised approach to the analysis of Victorian ‘baby-farming’ child killers as a test-case in order to develop an alternative framework for understanding acts of multiple-homicide.

Being qualitative and historical in nature, Joshua’s research consists of archival and documentary analysis in order to examine the construction of understandings and representations of ‘baby-farming’ child killers. The research then seeks to provide a re-constructed understanding which places the behaviour within the wider social, cultural and historical context. This re-analysis shall then be used to highlight what might be being overlooked in the present study and understanding of multiple-homicide and to offer a new model for its investigation.

The PhD is expected to be completed in 2018.

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Joshua discussing his research at the 2016 Festival of Postgraduate Research

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