Portrait of Dr Marian Duggan

Dr Marian Duggan

Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Director of Studies for Criminology
Director, Gender, Sexuality and Culture Research Cluster


Dr Marian Duggan joined the University of Kent in 2014, having previously been a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Marian’s research focuses on informing policy and practice to reduce sexual, gendered and hate-based victimisation. She has published widely in these areas and is actively involved in the charitable sector, acting as a Trustee for the Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Charity. Marian has also volunteered with Circles of Support and Accountability (a sex offender desistance organisation), with South Yorkshire Police as an Independent LGBTQ Advisor and on a domestic violence helpline. 

Marian was awarded her PhD in Law from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. She holds an MA in Criminology, Rights and Justice (Lancaster University) and a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice (University of Central Lancashire).  

Research interests

Marian has published four books and several journal articles which address policy and practice in relation to gender, sexuality and victimisation. She has undertaken funded research into the efficacy of Clare’s Law (the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme), experiences of gender hate crime, and the prevalence of sexual and domestic abuse among students. 

Previous Projects 

  • Victim politicisation in the UK criminal justice system 
  • Violence prevention through the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme 
  • Hate crime in the UK and Ireland 

Current Projects 

  • Sexual victimisation among University students 
  • Gender-based violence prevention initiatives 
  • Gender/Misogyny hate crime  


Marian teaches a range of modules relating to Criminology at undergraduate level and on the 'Inside Out Programme', taught in HMP Swaleside.

At postgraduate level, Marian teaches a module on gender and crime in a globalised world.


Dr Marian Duggan supervises several PhD students researching in and around the areas of gender, sexuality and/or victimisation. 

Current students:

  • Robin Rose Breetveld: How bisexual individuals experience feelings of belonging within designated social spaces for sexual minorities. 
  • Leah Cleghorn: Victims’ access to justice in a post-colonial and matrifocal society: A Trinidad & Tobago case study. 
  • Vanisha Jassal: Female intra-familial child sexual abuse within the British South Asian population. 
  • Rachel Stuart: How webcamming is experienced by female performers as a form of sexual commerce. 





Marian provides expert criminological/victimological opinion for various publications, radio stations and television programmes. 

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