Dr Lucy Neville

Lecturer in Criminology

School/Department: Criminology, School of



I joined Leicester in 2017 and lecture in Criminology. I am primarily interested in understanding women's engagement with sex sex work and pornography; and domestic and gender-based violence. My PhD in Forensic Psychology involved investigating violence perpetuated against sex workers by both clients and intimate partners and since then I have worked on a number of projects focused around women involved in sex work.

Prior to (re)entering academia I worked at BBC Media Action. There I worked on projects as diverse as HIV/AIDs awareness in Cambodia gender-based violence in refugee camps in South Sudan and a large-scale piece of research investigating the public perception of climate change across Africa. I remain interested in how social issues impact on people cross-culturally and the role of media in shaping public perceptions.

I also carry out research into women's production and consumption of pornography particularly gay pornography. A published writer of erotica myself (under a pen name!) I am interested in the changing landscape of pornography particularly how women interact with pornography and erotica on both a personal and societal level. 


Before joining the team at Leicester I was based at Middlesex University where I worked on a number of projects including: an evaluation of the roll-out of a domestic violence programme across London a project looking at best practice in outreach with street-based sex workers and young people and a piece of research in collaboration with Alcohol Concern and Mentor looking at the connection between drinking in young people. I was PI of an evaluation of Domestic Homicide Reviews for the West Midlands Police Force Area and managed the quantitative element of an evaluation of Safer London (on their work with young people at risk of gang membership and sexual exploitation). Both projects have had demonstrable impact on local and national policy agendas - the DHR evaluation was cited in the parliamentary debates and the WMPFA has invested £70000 in developing an offender treatment programme in light of our recommendations. Since joining Leicester I worked on a Home Office funded project looking at the use of acid and other corrosives in crimes.



Hopkins, M., Neville, L. & Sanders, T. (2021). Acid crime: Context, motivation, and prevention. Palgrave.

Neville, L. & Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2020). Walk this way: The impact of mobile and sensory methods on research with sex workers and street populations. Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit, 19(3).

Neville, L. (2018). 'Come On In! The Tent's Big Enough For Everyone': Slash fiction as a site for activism and change. Gender, Place, and Culture, 25(3), 384-398.

Neville, L. (2018). Girls who like boy who like boys: Women and gay male pornography and erotica.  London: Palgrave.

Nolas, S.M, Sanders-McDonagh, E., & Neville, L. (2018). "Gimme shelter"? A call for creating non-violent communities.  In R. Rosen, K. Twamley, & A. Varley (eds.), Feminism and the politics of Childhood: Friends or foes? London: University College London Press.

Neville, L. & Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2018). Gentrification and the Criminalization of Sex Work: Exploring the Sanitization of Sex Work in Kings Cross with the use of ASBOs and CBOs. In T. Sanders & M. Laing, Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism, and Politics. London: Routledge.

Neville, L. (2017). 'Come On In!  The Tent's Big Enough For Everyone': Online slash fiction as a site for activism and change. Gender, Place, and Culture

Neville, L. & Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2017). Too Little, Too Late: Domestic Violence Policy in the Age of Austerity. Discover Society, 44

Sanders-McDonagh, E., Neville, L. & Nolas S. M. (2016). From Pillar to Post: The victimisation of women and children who experience domestic violence in an age of austerity. Feminist Review, 112, 60-76.

Neville, L. (2015). Male Gays In The Female Gaze: Women who watch m/m pornography. Porn Studies, 2(2-3), 192-207.



I'm interested in supervising students looking at sex work pornography domestic violence gender-based violence and acid attacks (particularly gendered elements). I am comfortable supervising students who hope to use both quantiative and qualitative methods. I am also happy to supervise students who have crossover interests in media and fandom.


I currently teach on: Victims of Crime Introduction to Forensic Psychology Sex & Violence and Gender & Crime.

Press and media

Women's engagement with pornography particularly gay pornography.


I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the editorial board for Porn Studies and The Journal of Bodies Sexualities and Masculinities.


Winner of the best oral presentation prize British Psychology Society's Psychology of Sexualities Annual Conference 2019

Most Innovative Teacher (first runner up) Middlesex University Student's Union 2015


Neville L. (2019). Women m/m pornography and the privileging of male sexual fluidity. British Psychology Society’s Psychology of Sexualties Section Annual Conference BPS London 4th-5th July 2019.

Neville L. (2018). Girls who like boys who do boys like their girls: Women m/m pornography and the privileging of male bisexuality. Fluidity and Non-Exclusivity: Explorations of sexual and romantic desire Roehampton University 13th July 2018.

Neville L. (2018). Histories of violence: A comparison of fatal and non-fatal assaults on sex working women. British Society of Criminology annual conference Birmingham 4 th -6th July 2018.

Sanders-McDonagh E. & Neville L. (2018). Walking with sex workers: An examination of mobile methods and multisensory ethnography. American Association of Geographers Annual Conference New Orleans 10th-14th April 2018.

Neville L. & Sanders-McDonagh E. (2018). ‘Cleaning up Camden: Exploring the sanitzation of sex work in Kings Cross’. American Association of Geographers Annual Conference New Orleans 10th-14th April 2018.


MA (Hons)

(Oxon) MSc.



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