Dr Joanna Jamel


I joined Kingston University in 2009, having previously worked for seven years at the Forensic Section of the Department of Psychology at the University of Leicester where I undertook my PhD consisting of several related studies (i) evaluating the specialist policing response to male rape survivors; (ii) examining the incidence of sexual violence in male sex work in London and (iii) the print representation of male rape survivors. In addition, to which I also lectured on sexual violence at the Department of Criminology also at the University of Leicester.

Prior to that, I worked at the Centre for Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University, on research projects on the effectiveness of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships across Liverpool and Merseyside from an executive organisational level through to the 'grass roots' level, and evaluated the Criminal Justice Liaison Officer Programme in Liverpool Prison.

Therefore, I have a varied background in research focusing on criminal justice policy and the impact of prison and community-based resource provisions on recidivism. However, my key research interests on which I have published remain male rape survivors and more recently the hate crime victimisation of trans people. These topics are reflected in my research-led teaching encompassing the study of marginalised, under-researched and underserved gender minorities. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Criminology


  • BA(Hons) Sociology with Applied Psychology, University College Cork.
  • MA Criminology, Keele University.
  • MSc. Investigative Psychology, University of Liverpool.
  • PhD Psychology: An Investigation of the Prevalence, Response to and Representation of Male Rape. University of Leicester.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Distinction), Kingston University.

Teaching and learning

I teach across the Departments of Criminology, Politics and Sociology, and Psychology. The modules taught are listed below:

CM5004 Diversity and Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System

CM7007 Criminology Dissertation 

PS4005 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

PS7031 Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Previously, I evaluated the specialist policing response by Sexual Offences Investigative Technique Officers (SOITs)/Specially Trained Officers (STOs) to male survivors of rape in London, and am internationally published on areas such as policing, male rape and male sex work. I have also consulted on the topic of male rape being addressed in theatre, e.g., 'Finishing Touches' at the Barbican; and film, in the award-winning documentary "One Taxi Ride"  about Erick, a male survivor in Mexico, his journey of disclosure to his family and the impact this has on them and the ripple effect on the world around him. This film also has an associated active petition to lobby the Mexican government to recognise the service needs of male rape victims. For more information see:  https://www.onetaxiride.com/otrenglish

I have written about the discrimination experienced by trans people as a result of international penal policies, this topic continues to be a matter of public debate particularly with regard to the accommodation of trans women. More recently, I wrote the first book dedicated to the under-researched subject of hate crime which targets trans people, entitled "Transphobic Hate Crime" and have also contributed to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies which is the first of its kind. 

I have co-supervised the following PhD Theses: 

  • Dr Ben Colliver - 'A critical exploration of the "everyday" and "mundane" reality of transphobic hate crime'.
  • Dr Duncan Dormer - 'Becoming persons: a sociological investigation into institutional formations of transgender and intersex'.

Areas of specialism

  • Male Survivors of Rape
  • Transphobic Hate Crime
  • The Impact of Penal Policies on Trans People within the Prison Estate
  • Male Sex Work
  • Specialist Policing of Sexual Violence, and Transphobic Hate Crime

Research student supervision


Number of items: 23.


Jamel, Joanna (2014) An exploration of rapists’ motivations as illustrated by their crime scene actions: is the gender of the victim an influential factor? Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11(3), pp. 276-298. ISSN (print) 1544-4759

Jamel, Joanna (2014) Do the print media provide a gender-biased representation of male rape victims? Internet Journal of Criminology, pp. 1-13. ISSN (online) 2045-6743

Jamel, Joanna (2011) An investigation of the incidence of client-perpetrated sexual violence against male sex workers. International Journal of Sexual Health, 23(1), pp. 63-78. ISSN (print) 1931-7611

Jamel, Joanna (2010) Researching the provision of service to rape victims by specially trained police officers: the influence of gender - an exploratory study. New Criminal Law Review, 13(4), pp. 688-709. ISSN (print) 1933-4192

Jamel, Joanna, Bull, Ray and Sheridan, Lorraine (2008) An investigation of the specialist police service provided to male rape survivors. International Journal of Police Science & Management, 10(4), pp. 486-508. ISSN (print) 1461-3557


Jamel, Joanna (2018) Transphobic hate crime. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. 115p. (Palgrave hate studies) ISBN 9783319578781

Book Section

Colliver, Ben and Jamel, Joanna (2023) Internalised homophobia or externalised transphobia : violence against trans women in a sexual or romantic context. In: McGlashan, Mark and Mercer, John, (eds.) Toxic masculinity : men, meaning and digital media. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 110-128. (Masculinity, sex and popular culture) ISBN 9781032027067

Jamel, Joanna (2017) Transgender offenders within the prison estate : a comparative analysis of penal policy. In: King, Andrew , Santos, Ana Cristina and Crowhurst, Isabel, (eds.) Sexualities research : critical interjections, diverse methodologies and practical applications. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 167-181. (Routledge advances in critical diversities) ISBN 9781138851641

Conference or Workshop Item

Jamel, Joanna (2019) Male rape: who are the offenders and victims? In: RESPECT Conference : Taking Male Victims of Domestic Abuse Seriously; 11 Jun 2019, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna (2019) Transphobic hate crime : recognition, reporting practices and responses. In: 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences in a period of uncertainty; 03 - 04 Jun 2019, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna [Speaker] (2019) A brief summary of recent developments in research on hate crime and online investigative tools with an emphasis on the underresearched diversity of transphobic hate crime from an international perspective and key policy recommendations. In: 28th Session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; 20-24 May 2019, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna [Speaker] (2019) Transphobic hate crime: a global perspective. In: 28th Session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; 20-24 May 2019, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna (2016) Examining the media representation of adult male sexual violation. In: APIL Child and Adult Abuse Conference 2016; 7 Jun 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna [Speaker] (2015) Breaking the silence: rape on Hollyoaks. In: Being A Man Festival; 27 - 29 Nov 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna (2014) Media representation of male rape victims. In: Survivors UK Conference: Developing a collaborative voice- Sharing practice and learning around male sexual violation; 13 Sep 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna (2013) Praxis: the policing response to transphobic hate crime in London. In: ‘Sexuality in theory and practice’ Mid-term conference of the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network; 14 - 15 Jan 2013, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna (2012) Theoretical perspectives on the policing of transphobic hate crime in London. In: 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology: Thinking about context: challenges for crime and justice; 14 - 17 Nov 2012, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna and King, Andrew (2011) Policing diversity and engendering the confidence of the Transgender community: an exploratory study. In: Eleventh International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations; 20-22 Jun 2011, Cape Town, South Africa.. (Unpublished)

Gaffney, Justin, Jamel, Joanna and Kowalski, Christopher (2010) Contemporary harm reduction & support service needs of male sex workers in the UK: the Sohoboyz Male Sex Worker Needs Assessment and Skills Development Programme. In: Harm reduction: the next generation; 25 - 29 Apr 2010, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gafney, Justin and Jamel, Joanna (2009) Findings from male and trans sex worker on-line survey. In: UK Network of Sex Work Projects (UKNSWP) Annual Conference: Research, practice and funding: how to survive in the current climate; 22 Oct 2009, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna, Bull, Ray and Sheridan, Lorraine (2009) An investigation of the prevalence of client-perpetrated sexual violence against male sex workers in the commercial male sex industry. In: 1st Global Conference - Good Sex, Bad Sex: Sex Crime, Law and Ethics; 4 - 6 May 2009, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna, Bull, Ray and Sheridan, Lorraine (2008) Do the print media provide a gendered representation of rape? In: 18th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law; 02-05 Jul 2008, Maastricht, Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Jamel, Joanna, Bull, Ray and Sheridan, Lorraine (2007) Researching the provision of service by specially trained police officers to male rape victims: an exploratory study. In: 7th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology; 26 - 29 Sep 2007, Bologna, Italy.

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

The underlying motivation for my real world research is to raise awareness about the impact of the crime of rape on male survivors and highlight the necessity of more needs-directed services through publications and practice; such as previously being a member of the Board of Trustees for Survivors UK thus working with them to improve provisions for their service users.

Trans victims of hate crime have also been traditionally overlooked with regard to the impact and complexities involved in responding to this crime. Their experiences having been merged with those of the LGBTQIA + communities and discussed more generally. In addition to which the cultural and ethnic diversity of this gender minority on an international basis has not been reflected in service provisions. This neglect was highlighted in my book 'Transphobic Hate Crime' which was why I was invited by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC), Montreal, Canada to present a paper on 'Transphobic Hate Crime' at their workshop on Hate Crime at the 28th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Conference, Vienna, Austria.

I was also asked to represent the Institutes of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) on a thematic panel at the 28th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Conference in Vienna, Austria. Which I did, and addressed the UN member states regarding international policy recommendations resultant from the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) Hate Crime Workshop delivered as part of the conference, my particular emphasis was on transphobic hate crime. This enabled the raising of awareness of this particular type of crime, its impact and the challenges of addressing it on a global scale.

Leadership and management

I am currently the Course Leader for our MA in Criminology and MA in Criminology with Forensic Psychology. If you are interested in any of these programmes, do not hesitate to contact me. 

University responsibilities

  • Course Leader for the MA in Criminology
  • Course Leader for the MA in Criminology with Forensic Psychology

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