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Dr Maggie Wykes

Position: Senior Lecturer
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6823
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Academic Profile

I began my academic career as a researcher: first in the value of computers to higher education teaching and learning and then in ethnographic and survey research in mining communities. I then gained an ESRC doctoral scholarship and concentrated on textual analysis, both qualitative and quantitative for my PhD in Law. I completed my PhD whilst working full time as a Cultural Studies lecturer in Leeds from 1992 -96. I then moved to Sheffield University‘s Department of Journalism and joined the Law School in 2001.


  • BA Hons Communication Studies (1st Class) Sheffield Hallam University 1987
  • PhD: Accounting for intimate killing: the press, violence and gender Centre for Criminological Studies, University of Sheffield 1995

Teaching and Learning

I was Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Law from Autumn 2009 until February 2013. I work hard to link research, teaching and knowledge exchange in a ’virtuous triangle’. My research and teaching are inter-disciplinary and focus on relations between culture, crime, discourse, identity and social regulation. Voluntary counselling, management and research work with a women’s refuge have underwritten two modules on gender and crime and a book in 2009 which informed a successful grant bid in 2010 to the British Academy for a partnership with the centre for Gender, Health and Justice in Cape Town, South Africa, to assess the prosecution of sexual violence. Students benefit directly from visits from Cape Town University academics, knowledge exchanges and a WWW site on international sexual violence.

My modules are intellectually challenging, engaged with contemporary real life issues and offer students the chance to develop skills such as critical thinking; research methods¸ teamwork, evaluation, communication and presentation skills. The content has a strong international component and inter-disciplinarity. Students are encouraged to independently research and add new contributions to VLE resources. Teaching and assessment is varied and feedback from students is always positive and is used to develop and enhance future teaching.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate and MA
Understanding Criminology Gender and Violence
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (Convenor)
Internet Crime (Convenor)

Research Interests

  • Links between represented crime and real crime
  • Gender, violence and representation in law, policy and the media
  • Intra-familial abuse and violence
  • Internet crime

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • News
  • Public Disorder
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Identity
  • Internet Crime

Key Grants

Title/Description: Knowledge Partnership 'Prosecuting Sexual Violence'
Awarding Body: British Academy
People Involved: University of Cape Town
Years Funded for: 2011 - 2014
Amount: £28,000
Title/Description: Doctoral Studentship 'Men and Violence'
Awarding Body: White Rose
People Involved:
Years Funded for: 2010 - 2013
Amount: £42,000
Title/Description: Doctoral Studentship 'Counter-terror'
Awarding Body: White Rose
People Involved:
Years Funded for: 2011 - 2014
Amount: £42,000

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Core Member of CRIMPREV workshop EU project 2007-2008
  • Book referee for Sage, OUP and Routledge
  • Grant application referee ESRC
  • Trustee Sheffield Women’s Refuge
  • External examiner: UG, PG, PhD

Key Publications


  • Wykes M & Welsh K (2008) Violence, gender and justice. Sage Publications Ltd. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

  • Wykes M, Ellis A & Sloan J (2013) 'Moatifs' of Masculinity: The Stories Told About 'Men' In British Newspaper Coverage of the Raol Moat Case. Crime, Media and Culture, 9 (1), 3-21. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wykes M & Jewkes Y (2012) Reconstructing the Sexual Abuse of Children: 'Cyber-Paeds', Panic and Power. Sexualities, 15 (8). RIS download Bibtex download


  • Ellis A & Wykes M (2013) Bringing the boys back home: Re-engendering criminology, Values in Criminology and Community Justice (pp. 77-92). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wykes M & Harcus D (2010) Cyber Terror: Construction, Criminalisation and Control In Jewkes Y & Yar M (Ed.), Handbook of Internet Crime (pp. 214-227). Willan Pub RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wykes M (2010) Harm, Suicide and Homicide in Cyber Space: Assessing Casualty and Control In Jewkes Y & Yar M (Ed.), Handbook of Internet Crime (pp. 369-390). Willan Pub RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atkinson R () Shades of Deviance Routledge RIS download Bibtex download