Professor Aisha K. Gill will talk about the impact that her work as an academic has achieved, through her extensive campaigning and engagement with the media, government, and international organizations including the United Nations. She has won numerous awards for her academic achievements, including Winner of the Economic and Social Research Council Outstanding Impact in Public Policy (2015) for her research into countering honour killings and forced marriage, work which has helped to shape government policy. In announcing the award, the ESRC said Professor Gill’s “pioneering research on violence against women, ‘honour’ crimes and forced marriage has improved support for victims, raised awareness and enabled better prevention strategies and the successful prosecution of perpetrators.”
Professor Aisha K. Gill is Professor of Criminology at the University of Roehampton. Her main areas of interest are health and criminal justice responses to violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women in the UK, Iraqi Kurdistan and India. She is often in the news as a commentator on early/child/forced marriage, violence predicated on ‘honour’, and sexual violence in South Asian communities.