Maria Sklavou

School of Law

ESRC-funded PhD student in Criminology

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Maria Sklavou
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I am an ESRC-funded PhD student at the School of Law. My PhD takes a social constructionist approach to paedophilia, child sexual abuse, and relevant preventative policy making in the USA, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands. I have also been working as a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) in criminology since 2019. Before joining the University of Sheffield back in 2016 for my first master's degree in International Criminology, I worked for several years as a lawyer with a special interest in criminal law, in Athens, Greece.

  • MA Social Research (Distinction) - University of Sheffield (2018-2019)
  • MA International Criminology (Distinction)
  • University of Sheffield (2016-2017)
  • Admission in the Athens Bar Association and Licence to Practice (2014-2015)
  • BA Law - University of Athens (2007-2012)
Research interests

My PhD takes a social constructionist approach to paedophilia, child sexual abuse, their (perceived) interrelation, and relevant implications for preventative policy-making; it is a cross-comparative study, with a focus on the USA, the UK, and Germany.

This research is fully funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Supervisors: Dr. Mark Brown and Dr. David Thompson.

My research interests include:

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Comparative criminology
  • Crime prevention
  • Human sexuality
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Risk governance
  • Securitisation
  • Sexual offending
  • Social constructionism
  • Stigma
Teaching activities

LAW3052 (Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders)

Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of the Athens Bar Association
  • ESRC White Rose DTP 1+3 Pathway Scholarship (awarded in 2018)
  • CCR-PGR Representative