Dr Oona Brooks-Hay

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

University of Glasgow


Oona is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at SCCJR, University of Glasgow. She has worked as a researcher and practitioner in the field of gender based violence for over fifteen years. Oona’s main research interests include gender, rape and sexual assault, domestic abuse, legal responses to sexual offences, the prevention of gender based violence, and alcohol.

Oona graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA (Hons) in Social Policy and Management Studies in 1997. She then spent a number of years working with women and children in a range of voluntary sector organisations, including Rape Crisis. Oona returned to academia to complete an MSc in Applied Social Research (2006) and a PhD (2010) at the University of Stirling. Her PhD thesis was titled, ‘Negotiating Power, Resistance and Control: Young Women’s Safety in Bars, Pubs and Clubs’.

Oona has since worked as a Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Abertay, Dundee. She has also worked as a researcher at SCCJR on a study evaluating the impact of changes to the law of evidence in sexual offence trials, and as a researcher at the Institute for Social Marketing (University of Stirling) on a range of alcohol-related research projects.

Oona’s current research focuses on dual reports of domestic abuse made to the police, whereby both parties in a relationship are reported as the victim and perpetrator of domestic abuse at the same time (funded by SIPR, SCCJR and SLSA). She is also leading the Evaluation of the Police Scotland/Rape Crisis Scotland Pilot Advocacy Service (funded by the Scottish Government via SIPR and Rape Crisis Scotland).

Oona is a Coordinator of the Gender Based Violence Research Network and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. She is also a member of the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality, Women Against Violence Europe, the BSA Violence Against Women Study Group, Engender and the Police to Primary Care Research Advisory Group (University of Glasgow).




Phone Number:
0141 330 7722

University of Glasgow

Room 302A,
Ivy Lodge,
63 Gibson Street,
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8LR



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