Colleen Moore

Deputy Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Criminology

Principal Lecturer, Criminology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Criminology

Courses taught: Criminology, Criminology and Sociology, Criminology

Colleen’s current research interests are related to sexual violence and the perspectives of victims of sexual violence, especially those who do not report their experience to the authorities.


Colleen has been teaching criminology since 1999. Currently, she's responsible for teaching Adventures in Crime News and Criminology (level 4); Cultures of War (level 5); Sex, Sex Offending and Society (level 6), and Terror as Crime (level 7). Colleen's teaching is innovative and aims to incorporate and use a range of less academically recognised traditional students' skills, such as film-making, news analysis, social networking and pressure group campaigns.

Colleen's work is concerned with the concept of justice and how it is understood in the criminal justice system, as well as society as a whole. Her main research interests are in understanding everyday 'violent' behaviour and its intended and unintended impact – upon victims and the community. Colleen is particularly interested in how justice is perceived, sought and achieved through the criminal justice process and outside of it. Most recently, this has involved exploring some of the ways in which women cope with sexual violence – especially those who do not speak about their experiences to anyone representing the criminal justice sector. In her PhD, Speaking of Justice, Colleen is examining the value and context through which silence and articulating that which is ‘unspeakable’ is embedded into women’s lives, narratives and sexual scripts.

Through the European Society of Criminology, Colleen has participated in an international collaboration examining youth justice around the world. More recently, she initiated and co-facilitated a project in a young offender institution that brought undergraduates and young offenders together to edit and produce short films. Colleen has also sought to develop strong links with local practitioners, especially domestic and sexual violence response and prevention organisations.

Research interests

  • A review of the treatment of 'undesirable' female victims in the criminal justice system
  • An assessment of the treatment of people charged with crimes related to sexual exploitation
  • A comparative examination of legislation in the UK and the Ukraine relating to trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • The age of criminal responsibility in Europe 
  • Parole and the discretionary lifer process 
  • Young people and their treatment in the youth justice system 
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of community service (before it was called Community Payback)

Areas of research supervision

  • Understanding violence In Pakistan: a study of prisoners convicted of violent offences
  • Filling the black hole with grey matter - understanding and responding to disconnects between policy and practice in addressing domestic abuse
  • Socio-cultural context of rape: narrative analysis of convicted rapists in New Delhi Prison 
  • New social media and online sexual exploitation
  • Mediatised suffering
  • What's the deal with ecstasy? The evolution of a party drug
  • The effectiveness of alternative punishments in the UAE
  • Honour-related violence in ethnic communities in the United Kingdom
  • The meaning of 'risk factors' to those at risk: a subjective exploration of the real life pathways to youth offending


BA (Hons) Criminology


  • BA (Hons) Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PGCE, Anglia Ruskin University 
  • MPhil Institute of Criminology, Cantab, University of Cambridge 

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • American Society of Criminology

Selected recent publications

Beguiling Eve and her Innocent Counterpart: victim-offender identities in the criminal justice process, by Colleen Moore in Jaishankar, K., and Ronel, N. (2013). (Eds.), Global Criminology: Crime and Victimization in the Globalized Era. Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

'Human Trafficking in the United Kingdom: The Journey So Far and the Road Ahead' by Gilbert, A. & Moore, C. (2010) in The Criminal Lawyer, February.

'Stilettos and steel toe-caps: Legislation of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and its enforcement in the UK and Ukraine' by Markovska, M. and Moore, C. (2008), in van Duyne, P., Harvey, J. Maljevic, A. von Lampe, K & Scheinost, M. (eds) (2008) European Crime-Markets at Cross-Roads: Extended and Extending Criminal Europe, Wolf Legal Publishers.

'Beyond Welfare Versus Justice: Juvenile Justice in England and Wales' by Graham, G. and Moore, C. (2006) in Junger-Tas, J. & Decker, S. (2006) International Handbook of Juvenile Justice, Springer.

'Community Punishment: A Review of the Community Service Pathfinder Evaluation' by Gelsthorpe, L., S. Rex and Moore, C. (2004). Vista Perspectives on Probation 8 (3): 146-154.

Crime Reduction Programme: An Evaluation of Community Service Pathfinder Projects Final Report 2002 by Rex, S., Gelsthorpe, L, Roberts, C. & Jordan, P., with Moore, C., Howes, M., Osada, M., Powell, P., Webb, Andrew & Merrington, S. (2003), RDS Occasional Paper, Home Office, London.