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Violence Research Centre


The Violence Research Centre has been operating for over five years. You can view a short video here, created for our fifth birthday. This is an update on some of our former PhD students, who are inspiring the next generation of students.


Our former PhD students

Supervisors: Dr Maria Ttofi and Prof David Farrington

  • Dr Guy Skinner got his PhD amendments approved in October 2021 and is awaiting graduation. He has just started a Research Associate post at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He is the winner of the ASC’s Division of Developmental and Life Course Criminology 2021 Award, for an Outstanding Student Publication, for: Skinner, G. C. M., Farrington, D. P., & Shepherd, J. P. (2020). Offender trajectories, health and hospital admissions: Relationships and risk factors in the longitudinal Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 113, p.110-118.
  • Dr Kim Reising recently started a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Law and Criminology at the Royal Holloway University of London. She graduated in 2021.
  • Dr Hannah Gaffney is a Betty Behrens Junior Research Fellow at Clare Hall, investigating ways in which sexual violence and hate-related violence can be prevented using sexual and relationship education programmes in schools. She was awarded her PhD in 2020.

Supervisor: Prof Manuel Eisner

  • Dr Lu Liu is doing a post-doc fellowship at Fudan University School of Law. She will be researching temporal and spatial patterns of crimes in urban cities in China using police data. She will also be teaching a postgraduate course, Criminology and Research Methods. She graduated in 2021.
  • Dr Sergio Triana has an extensive background working with violence prevention against children and youth, with a focus on peacebuilding. He is currently a global thematic advisor, dealing with armed actors and humanitarian negotiations for Save the Children. He graduated in 2019.
  • Dr Sara Valdebenito works for the VRC as Research Associate since 2017 and is collaborating to other projects within the Institute of Criminology. She graduated in 2018.
  • Dr Yulia Shenderovich is Senior Lecturer at the Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health at Cardiff University. She is also an associate member of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, where she worked as a postdoc. She graduated in 2018.
  • Dr Nicolas Trajtenberg moved from Cardiff University to Manchester University, where is teaching Making Sense of Criminological Data, Reserch Methods and Youth Crime. He graduated in 2017.
  • Dr Aimee Neaverson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University. She graduated in 2018.

Supervisor: Dr Justice Tankebe

  • Dr Ross Hendy is a Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. He graduated in 2019.