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Institute of Criminal Justice Research Members

Dr Gethin Rees

Lecturer in Criminology, Extensions Deputy

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Dr Gethin Rees is Lecturer in Criminology within Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.

I joined the division in 2011 as a Lecturer in Criminology. I previously studied at the University of York as an undergraduate, and completed my MSc and PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

Following my PhD I was fortunate enough to secure an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, which in turn was followed by an ESRC Small Grant. The latter funded a comparative study of the novel Forensic Nurse Examiner role in the UK with the more established Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in Ontario, Canada. This study was a development of my previous research investigating the ways that doctors perform forensic examinations of sexual assault complainants.

I am a founding member of the Comparative Analysis of Institutional Responses to Rape Network and have been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Department of Sociology, Trent University, Ontario, Canada.

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Research interests

  1. Research Interests - I have two substantial but interlinking research interests. The first concerns the development and application of expert evidence for criminal investigations, and in particular the ways that forensic medicine and science influence criminal investigations, popular culture and science itself. Alongside this research interest, I am also concerned with the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system, and in particular the ways they are excluded or mistreated during criminal investigations and prosecutions. Recently these interests have coincided in my studies of forensic medical professionals performing
    examinations of rape and sexual assault victims.
  2. Research Projects - Following the completion of my recent research projects I am presently preparing a monograph on forensic evidence in rape and sexual assault cases. This will not only concern the role and use of forensic medical evidence but will also incorporate two
    ongoing studies:

    • An ethnography of a sleep clinic involved in the investigation of sexsomnia
    • A documentary analysis of the literature surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder in sexual assault victims.

    The monograph is expected to be prepared by 2014.

Year One:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Social Science Perspectives

Year Two:

  • Perspectives in Criminology
Dr Gethin Rees
Building 58 Room 4077 Sociology, Social Policy & Applied Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom Tel: +44 2380 597423

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