Dr Joanna Jamel


I lecture on Diversity and Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System (UG) and Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology (PG) and specialise in studying marginalised, under-researched and underserved gender groups to identify issues and facilitate the improvement of needs-directed services. Previously, I evaluated the Metropolitan Police Service's response to male victims of rape, 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' and documented on film in the award-winning documentary "One Taxi Ride" which has an associated active petition to lobby the Mexican government to recognise the service needs of male rape victims. I have also written about the discrimination experienced by trans people as a result of international penal policies. And, published the first book dedicated to the subject of hate crime which targets trans people entitled "Transphobic Hate Crime", on which I presented at the 28th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Vienna, Austria. I have also contributed to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Programme Director for MA Criminology & MA Criminology with Forensic Psychology,


  • 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


The following are examples of dissertation topics I have previously supervised: 

  • An examination of sex offender legislation: A critical analysis of Megan's Law and Sarah's Law. 
  • The personality development of rapists:  A comparative critical review of studies in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • Who is a more efficient lie-detector using non-verbal behavioural cues - The police or prison inmates: A critical review of the available literature. 

PhD Theses Supervised

  • 'A critical exploration of the "everyday" and "mundane" reality of transphobic hate crime' 
  • 'Becoming persons: a sociological investigation into institutional formations of transgender and intersex'

Areas of specialism

  • Male Rape
  • Transphobic Hate Crime
  • Trans People within the Prison Estate
  • Male Sex Work
  • Specialist policing of sexual violence and transphobic hate crime

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other 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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