Joseph is a probationary research student reading for a Dphil in Criminology at St Hilda's College. His project examines the experiences of men who are subjected to intimate partner violence (I.P.V.) from male sexual or romantic partners, focussing on the roles that stigma and heterosexism play in the process of victim identity construction and subsequent help-seeking. His project is supervised by Professor Carolyn Hoyle and is funded by a 1 + 3 Economic and Social Research Council studentship as part of the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.
In addition to his Dphil studies, Joseph has worked on a number of different research projects including for the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford's Pro Bono Publico free law research clinic as a research assistant. He has also acted as a criminology tutor at the Oxbridge Academic Summer School Programme, where he designed and taught a 6 week-long course introducing 12-16-year-old students to core concepts in the study of criminology and criminal justice. He is also currently a member of the Cameroon Conflict Research Group which researches and reports on the ongoing civil conflict and humanitarian crisis occurring within Cameroon and has contributed to both its initial report and a second upcoming article.
Prior to beginning his DPhil, Joseph completed an MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminology in Oxford, achieving a grade of Distinction. Before this, between 2013-2017 he studied Law at the University of Edinburgh where he achieved First Class Honours. He was also awarded the McClintock Prize in Criminology for achieving the highest mark in a criminological subject of the entire honours year group.
Joseph's general research interests lie in queer criminology, particularly in understanding the ways in which non-heterosexual and non-cis-gendered citizens engage with and respond to the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on how these individuals respond to and navigate violence and exploitation in both intimate relationships and within the family. His other interests include the criminalization of expression, particularly sexualised expression and pornography, and victimology such as investigating the process by which victim identities are constructed both individually and within public discourse.
- Violence has torn through the anglophone regions of Cameroon since 2016. Despite the severity of the conflict, international response has been conspicuously limited. This report offers new insights into the Cameroon conflict and suggests a strategy for action. Findings stem from an empirical piece of research conducted by the Cameroon Conflict Research Group, based in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. The Group interviewed 32 individuals in the anglophone regions of Cameroon, from a range of backgrounds, to learn more about the causes and experiences of the conflict. The report is directly shaped by these collective voices and embraces a socio-historical framework which stemmed from the research participants themselves – that of slavery. Resulting from this study, the report shows that a root cause of the conflict is socioeconomic inequality, for which multiple international actors, as well as the Cameroon government, are responsible. Accordingly, the Group offers five recommendations for action. Ultimately, the Group advises that peaceful resolution requires multilateral efforts from all responsible parties, some of whom are named within.A report submitted by an independent research team based at the Faculty of Law, The University of Oxford. The research team are in the early stages of investigating the Cameroon Anglophone Crisis
Family and Intimate Partner Violence
The Criminalization of Expression and Free Speech
Pornography and the Regulation of Sexual Expression
Victimology and Victim Identity Construction