|Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology||104, 29 Old Elvet|
My areas of research expertise include domestic and sexual violence, policing, and feminist sociolegal studies. I have particular research experience in the policing of domestic and sexual violence, cyberflashing, image-based sexual abuse and feminist theory.
As a researcher, I am passionate about academic research being used to generate impact, collaboration, and positive social change. To this effect, my research has achieved significant impact to date; it has been used to inform key policy developments, professional practice, and has featured widely in the media.
Through my research I have collaborated with high profile organisations such as the Home Office, the College of Policing and National Police Chiefs Council, and several police forces, as well as with technology companies including Facebook and IBM, to advance research and innovation in institutional responses to violence and abuse. Outside of the academy, I have worked at several third-sector domestic and sexual violence organisations, including Rape Crisis and Scottish Women’s Aid centres as a volunteer.
For any research, training, media or consultancy enquiries please contact me directly by email.
My research expertise sits across three key areas:
Policing Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence
• Police rape investigations in England and Wales, via Project Bluestone - particularly focussing on victim engagement and procedural justice (ongoing)
• The impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse reported to the police (ongoing): https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/news/item/?id=42387&itemno=42387
• An ethnography of police responses to domestic abuse (ongoing)
• Police use of discretion in domestic abuse risk identification and assessment (while on secondment to the College of Policing)
• Police operationalisation of the coercive control offence in England and Wales
• Police use of ‘out of court’ resolutions when engaging with domestic abuse-related crime
• I am additionally the co-founder of the international Policing Domestic Abuse Network – to join our network list, please sign up via the following link: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=POLICINGDV
Image-based Sexual Abuse and Cyberflashing
• Cyberflashing (i.e. unsolicited genital images): its extent and nature, harms, criminal justice responses and options for law reform
• Image-based sexual abuse: its extent, nature and nature, harms, victim-survivor experiences, criminal justice responses, and options for law reform.
European Women’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse
• Ethnographic research examining European women’s experiences of domestic abuse and service engagement in the UK, through a critical feminist, political economic lens.
• Research collaboration with social workers in Scotland which supported development of toolkit for social workers and professionals working with Polish families experiencing domestic abuse. I subsequently received the ESRC’s ‘Most Impactful Doctoral Research Prize’ (NEDTC) in 2016 for this work.
Career and Teaching
I joined the Department of Sociology at Durham University as an Assistant Professor in 2018. Since joining the department I have been an active member of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), and I currently convene and teach on the Sociological Approaches to Violence and Abuse, and Policing and Police undergraduate modules. Prior to working at Durham, I worked as a Research Associate at Lancaster University Law School, and as a visiting lecturer at Colorado College.
- Image-based Sexual Abuse
- Sexual and Domestic Violence
- Policing Responses to Domestic Abuse
- Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
- Violence and Abuse
- Awarded the ESRC's (NEDTC) Most Impactful Doctoral Research Prize 2015-2016 :
- Johnson, K. (Accepted). Domestic Violence in the British Borderlands: Domestic Abuse, Political Economy and European Migration in ‘Brexit-Era’ Britain (monograph in progress). Routledge.
- McGlynn, Clare & Johnson, Kelly (2021). Cyberflashing: Recognising Harms, Reforming Laws. Bristol University Press.
- Henry, N., McGlynn, C., Flynn, A., Johnson, K. Powell, A. & Scott, A. (2021). Image-Based Sexual Abuse: A Study on the Causes and Consequences of Non-Consensual Nude or Sexual Imagery. Routledge.
- Barlow, Charlotte, Walklate, Sandra & Johnson, Kelly (2021). Risk Refraction: Thoughts on the Victim-Survivor’s Risk Journey through the Criminal Justice Process. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 10(3): 177-190.
- Rackley, E., McGlynn, C., Johnson, K., Henry, N., Gavey, N., Flynn, A. & Powell, A. (2021). Seeking justice and redress for victim-survivors of image-based sexual abuse. Feminist Legal Studies 29(3): 293-322.
- McGlynn, Clare & Johnson, Kelly (2021). Criminalising cyberflashing: options for law reform. Journal of Criminal Law 85(3): 171-188.
- McGlynn, Clare, Johnson, Kelly, Rackley, Erika, Henry, Nicola, Gavey, Nicola, Flynn, Asher & Powell, Anastasia (2021). ‘It’s torture for the soul’ The Harms of Image-Based Sexual Abuse. Social & Legal Studies 30(4): 541-562.
- Barlow, C., Johnson, K., Walklate, S. & Humphries, L. (2020). Putting Coercive Control into Practice: Problems and Possibilities. The British Journal of Criminology 60(1): 160-179.
- McGlynn, Clare, Westmarland, Nicole & Johnson, Kelly (2018). Under the radar: the widespread use of 'Out of Court resolutions' in policing domestic violence and abuse in the United Kingdom. British journal of criminology 58(1): 1-16.
- Myhill. A. & Johnson, K (2016). Police use of discretion in response to domestic violence. Criminology & Criminal Justice 16(1): 3-20.
- Hohl, K. & Johnson, K. (Published). A crisis exposed – how Covid-19 is impacting domestic abuse reported to the police. Campaign for Social Science Blog [Policing Inisght & Safe reprinted]
- Johnson, K. & McGlynn, C. (2020). Why We Need To Criminalise Cyberflashing Now. Social and Legal Studies Blog
- Rackley, E., McGlynn, C. & K. Johnson (2019). Sexual abuse happens online too — but current laws leave too many victims unprotected. The Conversation
- McGlynn, C. & Johnson, K. (2018). It’s time the government recognised the harm of upskirting and image-based sexual abuse. The Huffington Post
- Barlow, C., Johnson, K. & Walklate, S. (2018). Coercive control cases have doubled – but police still miss patterns of this domestic abuse. The Conversation
- Barlow, C. & Johnson, K. (2018). Missed Opportunities? Researching Police Responses to Coercive Control. Policing Insight
- Barlow, C. Johnson, K. & Walklate, S. (2018). Police Responses to Coercive Control: Research Briefing.
- Westmarland, N., Johnson, K. & McGlynn, C. (2017). Policing domestic abuse - what are ‘out of court resolutions’ and when are they being used?
- Hohl, Katrin & Johnson, Kelly (2021). Responding to the Covid-19 domestic abuse crisis: developing a rapid police evidence base. UKRI-ESRC.
- McGlynn, Clare, Rackley, Erika, Johnson, Kelly, Henry, Nicola, Flynn, Asher, Powell, Anastasia, Gavey, Nicola & Scott, Adrian (2019). Shattering Lives and Myths: A Report on Image-Based Sexual Abuse. Durham University; University of Kent.
- Barlow, C., Johnson, K. & Walklate, S. (2018). Police Responses to Coercive Control: A Report. N8 Policing Research Partnership, Lancaster University.
- Johnson, K. (2015). Domestic Abuse Occurrences Involving Polish Nationals: Analysis Report. College of Policing, the Home Office.
- Johnson, K. (2015). Respekt Evaluation. City of Edinburgh Council.
- Johnson, K. (2012). Stockton Family Project Evaluation Report: Harbour Support Services. Stockton-on-Tees: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.