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Dr Gemma Flynn is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Strathclyde’s School of Social Work and Social Policy.

She completed her PhD with the SCCJR at the University of Edinburgh, titled  Understanding the impact of legal and political structures on fear of crime and resulting criminal justice policies.

Since then she was appointed Teaching Fellow in Criminology in the School of Law, running courses on Gender and Justice and Crime and Media. Gemma has an additional career as a stand up comic, and informed by her academic background as a feminist criminologist developed and delivered a series of public lectures on Punishment and Spectacle. She has presented her work at Harvard University and the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Gemma is active participating in and developing networks supporting early career academics and women in academia. She also is active in the Scottish comedy community, regularly participating in the Edinburgh Fringe, Glasgow Comedy Festival and running a successful comedy night at the Flying Duck – Vision Board.



University of Strathclyde


Lord Hope Building
School of Social Work and Social Policy
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
G4 0LT

Research Themes

Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

Courts and Sentencing

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Research Methods and Criminological Theory

September 2021

SCCJR Briefing Paper: Influence government: exploring practices, ethics, and power in the use of targeted advertising by the UK state

This briefing paper was authored by Dr Ben Collier, Dr Gemma Flynn, Dr James Stewart and Dr Daniel R. Thomas. […]

24th December 2018

Punishment and Spectacle: Public Lecture Project

Dr Gemma Flynn (Edinburgh University) delivered a set of public lectures contextualising and make sense of Punishment in the Age […]


8th September 2021

Influence Government

8th September 2021

Police and Government Using Online ‘Influence’ Tactics to Tackle Crime and Shape Behaviour

23rd August 2021

University of Strathclyde to launch new MSc in Criminology & Social Policy in 2022

The fascination with the unlawful: The portrayal of crime and role of media

7th May 2024