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Dr Rachel Stuart
Lecturer in Criminology and Deviance

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I am a critical criminologist who specialises in the research of marginalised communities. My PhD thesis examined the experiences of adult content webcam performers as they negotiated the corporate-owned hosting sites from which they broadcast. Whilst researching for my PhD I was also employed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on an NHIR-funded project that examined the impact of policing on the health of sex workers in East London. During the COVID-19 lockdown, I was employed as a PI on a research project funded by the Doctors of The World that examined the health needs of street-level sex workers in Newham. Our findings recently influenced a change of policy that includes a health-informed approach towards street-level sex work in the borough

As someone of Gypsy/Traveller heritage, I have recently been involved in research that looked at the uptake of COVID prevention measures among members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. The research funded by the DHSC, a collaboration with colleagues at LSHTM, revealed increased marginalisation and high levels of systemic violence against community members during the COVID period. At the same time, I worked with colleagues at Brunel to investigate the impact of digital exclusion in the context of Margate; the research focussed on the impacts of a lack of connectivity on Roma and the arts community in the town. 

I am part of the growing criminology department and have helped develop the curriculum for the newly launched Criminology BSC. Along with my colleagues, we have sought to develop a degree that reflects the needs of the diverse cohort that our cutting-edge programme has attracted. I am the module convenor of Crime Media and Society, Intersectional Criminology and the forthcoming Capitalism and Sex module.


PhD. Criminology .The University of Kent (2021)

LLM Criminal Justice and Human Rights .The University of Kent 

BA (Hons.) Criminology and Cultural Studies. The University of Kent


Lecturer in Criminology and Deviance.

Admissions Tutor for Criminology.

Co-ordinator of SPS Decolonising Coalition.

SPS  Co -Director of Equality and Diversity 

Board Member of Brunel Research Ethics Committee 

Newest selected publications

Miles, S., Renedo, A., Kühlbrandt, C., McGowan, C., Stuart, R., Grenfell, P. and et al. (2023) 'Health risks at work mean risks at home: Spatial aspects of COVID-19 among migrant workers in precarious jobs in England'. Sociology of Health and Illness, 0 (ahead-of-print). pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 0141-9889 Open Access Link

Journal article

Renedo, A., Stuart, R., Kühlbrandt, C., Grenfell, P., McGowan, CR., Miles, S., et al. (2023) 'Community-led responses to COVID-19 within Gypsy and Traveller communities in England: A participatory qualitative research study'. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 3. pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2667-3215 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kühlbrandt, C., McGowan, CR., Stuart, R., Grenfell, P., Miles, S., Renedo, A. and et al. (2023) 'COVID-19 vaccination decisions among Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities: A qualitative study moving beyond “vaccine hesitancy”'. Vaccine, 41 (26). pp. 3891 - 3897. ISSN: 0264-410X Open Access Link

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Cicely, M., McGowan, C., Stuart, R., Kühlbrandt, C., Miles, S., Dix, L., et al. (2023) 'Routes: New ways to talk about Covid-19 for better health. Focus on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and migrant workers'. Place of publication: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Available at:,-roma-and-traveller-communities-and-migrant-workers.html.Open Access Link


Grenfell, P., Stuart, R., Eastham, J., Gallagher, A., Elmes, J., Platt, L. and et al. (2022) 'Policing and public health interventions into sex workers’ lives: necropolitical assemblages and alternative visions of social justice'. Critical Public Health, 33 (3). pp. 282 - 296. ISSN: 0958-1596 Open Access Link

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