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Nughmana Mirza is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Glasgow.

She holds a PhD in Social Policy, and MRes in Social Research, and an MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern History all from the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research focused in South Asian women’s experience of family abuse in Scotland, with a particular focus on micro- and macro-level contexts such as policy and practice. Her wider research interests are around kinship patterns, marriage migration and the criminal justice response to marginalised populations, specifically South Asian women.

Nughmana has worked previously worked with the Scottish Government on experiences of forced marriage in Scotland, and with Nuffield and Stirling University on a UK-wide project exploring child welfare inequalities.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles:
Mirza, N. (2018) Reframing agency in abusive contexts: Beyond ‘free choice’ and ‘open resistance’. Journal of Gender-Based Violence 2(1): 41-56, DOI: 10.1332/239868017X15127297709475

Morris, K.M., Mason, W., Bywaters, P., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Mirza, N., Bunting, L., Scourfield, J., Hooper, J. and Webb, C. (2018) Social work, deprivation and child welfare interventions. Child and Family Social Work 23(3): 364-372 ISSN 1356-7500 (In Press) 10.1111/cfs.12423

Mason, W., Mirza, N, and Webb, C. (2018) Using the Framework Method to Analyze Mixed-Methods Case Studies. Sage Research Methods Cases. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526438683

Mirza, N. (2017) South Asian women’s experience of abuse by female affinal kin: a critique of mainstream conceptualisations of ‘domestic abuse’. Families, Relationships and Societies 6(3): 393-409.

Featherstone, B., Morris, K., Daniel, B., Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Mason, W, and Mirza, N. (2017) Poverty, inequality, child abuse and neglect: Changing the conversation across the UK in child protection? Children and Youth Services Review, 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.009.

Mirza, N. (2016) The UK government’s conflicting agendas and ‘harmful’ immigration policies: Shaping South Asian women’s experiences of abuse and ‘exit’. Critical Social Policy, 36(4): 592-609.

Reports and Briefings:
Chantler, K., Baker, V., MacKenzie, M., McCarry, M. and Mirza, N. (2017) Understanding Forced Marriage in Scotland, [online], The Scottish Government, Social Research: Equality, Poverty and Social Security. Available from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/01/6540

Mirza, N. (2017) South Asian women’s experience of family abuse: The role of the husband’s mother [online], Discover Society, available from: https://discoversociety.org/2017/10/31/south-asian-womens-experience-of-family-abuse-the-role-of-the-husbands-mother/

Mirza, N. (2016) South Asian women’s experience of family abuse: The role of the husband’s mother [online]. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Briefing 80. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/14199

Mirza, N. (2015) South Asian women’s experience of family abuse: Exploring the police response [online]. Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Research Summary No: 21. Available from: http://www.sipr.ac.uk/downloads/Research_Summaries/Research_Summary_21.pdf



University of Glasgow


SCCJR, Ivy Lodge, 63 Gibson Street
University of Glasgow

Research Themes

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

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15th September 2021

Diversifying Justice: Revealing viable pathways for South Asian women

Co-PIs: Dr Nughmana Mirza and Dr Lisa Bradley who are supported by Nicola Dickson, research assistant. Summary:  Very little is […]

3rd December 2020

Scotland in Lockdown

The “Health and social impacts of Covid-19 in Scotland” study aims to understand how the response to Covid-19 including lockdown […]

13th September 2022

Life in Lockdown: Illustrated Findings from the Scotland in Lockdown Study

24th November 2021

Season 2 Just Humans Podcast Launched

15th September 2021

New Study to Look at South Asian Women’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse and Viable Pathways to Justice

29th April 2020

New research project to investigate impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups