Lucy studied Law as an undergraduate and Moritz-Heyman Scholar at Christ Church college in the University of Oxford. She then completed a Masters of Philosophy in Criminological Research at St John's college at the University of Cambridge, before returning to Oxford to commence her Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminology at Balliol College. Lucy's research is funded by the Oxford Law Faculty and Centre for Criminology. She is also a Leatherseller's Scholar.
She is researching how the dynamics of domestic abuse influence police decision-making and approaches to intimate partner violence and hopes that this work will have a beneficial impact on policies and legislation which are currently being revised. She will be conducting empirical research using a mixed methods approach to analyse quantitative and qualitative data collected and to conduct interviews with individuals who play a key role in the criminal justice system.
Lucy moved to St Anne's College, Oxford, after recieving the Graduate Development Scholarship from St Anne's. She currently teaches Jurisprudence to secind year undergraduates and is involved in administration and organisation of college teaching. She has also taught Criminal Law to first year undergraduates.
Outside of academia, she enjoys volunteering for charities (including Beat UK and Crisis) to help extend the services and assistance available for domestic violence victims, improve treatment and support for sufferers of eating disorders and their families and to reduce homelessness. She has represented these charities on various News networks, including BBC Newsnight, Sky News and BBC Radio. She also work with Oxford University, schools and organisations to help increase access to University for students from underrepresented backgrounds. She enjoys mooting and has won many competitions at intercollegiate and national levels, including the BPP National Advocate of the Year Regional Finals, and has participated in the Leiden International Children's Rights Moot Competiton. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and pets and writing poems, several of which have been published in University magazines.
Lucy enjoys researching the topics of Family and Criminal Law, especially family violence and the wider implications of domestic abuse. She is also interested in the fields of Trusts and Land Law, and their ramifications on Family Law.
Sentencing is a very interesting research area for her and she is currently a member of the newly founded Empirical Research on Sentencing council. She is also intrigued by debates concerning feminist theories and has completed an in-depth research project into how feminist research has changed and impacted Criminology over the past 30 years for Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Director of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology.
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