Dr Oona Brooks-Hay

Lecturer in Criminology
Research Staff
Phone number:
0141 330 7722
Room 302A,
Ivy Lodge,
63 Gibson Street,
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8LR

Oona is a 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).



Brooks, O. (2014) Interpreting young women’s accounts of drink spiking: the need for a gendered understanding of the fear and reality of sexual violence.Sociology, 48 (2). pp. 300-316. ISSN 0038-0385 (doi:10.1177/0038038512475108)

Brooks, O. (2011) ‘Guys! Stop doing it!’: young women’s adoption and rejection of safety advice when socializing in bars, pubs and clubs.British Journal of Criminology, 51 (4). pp. 635-651. ISSN 0007-0955 (doi:10.1093/bjc/azr011)

MacAskill, S., Parkes, T., Brooks, O., Graham, L., McAuley, A., and Brown, A. (2011) Assessment of alcohol problems using AUDIT in a prison setting: more than an ‘aye or no’ question.BMC Public Health, 11 (1). p. 865. ISSN 1471-2458 (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-865)

Hastings, G., Brooks, O., Stead, M., Angus, K., Anker, T., and Farrell, T. (2010) Failure of self regulation of UK alcohol advertising.British Medical Journal, 340 . b5650. ISSN 0959-535X (doi:10.1136/bmj.b5650)

Brooks, O. (2008) Consuming alcohol in bars, pubs and clubs: a risky freedom for young women?Annals of Leisure Research, 11 (3-4). pp. 331-350. ISSN 1174-5398 (doi:10.1080/11745398.2008.9686801)

Authored Books

Brooks, O., Burman, M. and McFeely, C. (eds.) (forthcoming) Domestic Abuse: Contemporary Perspectives and Innovative Practices. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Book Chapters

Brooks, O. (2014) The interplay between power and reflexivity in the feminist research process. In: Lumsden, N. and Winter, A. (eds.) Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerless and the Powerful. Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)

Brooks, O. (2013) Gendered freedoms and constraints for young women socialising in bars and clubs. In: Blackshaw, T. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies. Routledge, pp. 243-256. ISBN 9780415697170
Research Report or Paper

Crowley, A., Brooks, O., and Lombard, N. (2014) Football and Domestic Abuse: A Literature Review. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. SCCJR Research Report No. 06/2014.

Brooks, O (2014) ‘Rising rape figures in Scotland could actually be a step forward’. The Conversation, 14 July 2014.

Brooks, O., Burman, M., Lombard, N., McIvor, G., Stevenson-Hasgings, L., and Kyle, D. (2014) Violence Against Women: Effective Interventions and Practices with Perpetrators: A Literature Review. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow.

McFeely, C., Whiting, N., Lombard, N., Brooks, O., Burman, M., and McGowan, M. (2013) Domestic abuse and gender inequality: an overview of the current debate. Other. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Parkes, T. et al. (2011) An Evaluation to Assess the Implementation of NHS Delivered Alcohol Brief Interventions: Final Report. Project Report. NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.

Eadie, D., MacAskill, S., Brooks, O., Heim, D., Forsyth, A., and Punch, S. (2010) Pre-teens Learning About Alcohol: Drinking and Family Contexts. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, UK.

Parkes, T., MacAskill, S., Brooks, O., Atherton, I., Jepson, R., Doi, L., McGhee, S., and Eadie, D. (2010) Prison Health Needs Assessment for Alcohol Problems. Other. NHS Health Scotland.

Brooks, O. (2010) Routes to Magic: The Alcoholic Beverage Industry’s Use of New Media in Alcohol Marketing. Other. Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Edinburgh, UK.

Hastings, G., Brooks, O., Stead, M., Angus, K., Anker, T., and Farrell, T. (2010) “They’ll Drink Bucket Loads of the Stuff”: An Analysis of Internal Alcohol Industry Advertising Documents. Project Report. Alcohol Education Research Council.

Burman, M., Jamieson, L., Nicholson, J., and Brooks, O. (2007) Impact of Aspects of the Law of Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials: An Evaluation Study. Project Report. Scottish Executive Social Research.