Dr Stacy Banwell BA, MA, PhD, Gold teaching qualification (University of Greenwich)

Principal Lecturer

Key details

Stacy Banwell

Dr Stacy Banwell
BA, MA, PhD, Gold teaching qualification (University of Greenwich)

Principal Lecturer

Dr Stacy Banwell joined the School of Law at the University of Greenwich in September 2007.

Stacy completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Wales, Bangor. Her thesis was based on women's subjective accounts of their violent behaviour. Stacy has subsequently published material relating to this work in the journal Feminist Criminology. Stacy was the BA Criminology programme leader for 4 years, which successfully passed its periodic review in 2016. Stacy has been involved in a number of University-wide initiatives addressing recruitment, admissions and student welfare.

In 2014 Stacy's article 'Rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A case study of Gender-based Violence' was included in an online article collection featuring the most downloaded articles published in Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014. The collection features the top three most downloaded articles that were published and downloaded in 2014. 

This article has also been included in the 'Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality & Empower Women' collection.

Stacy's article 'Rassenschande, Genocide and the Reproductive Jewish Body: Examining the Use of Rape and Sexualized Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust', has appeared in the top five article downloads in Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

Stacy's monograph, 'Gender and the Violence(s) of War and Armed Conflict: More Dangerous to be a Woman?' (Emerald Publishing Limited) is due to be published on 16 October 2020. Stacy has produced an animation to accompany the book and this can be viewed here.

As well as her teaching and research activity, Stacy worked as a researcher for a women's organization in 2013. This work focused on Prostitution, Trafficking and Forced Marriage.

Responsibilities within the university

Principal Lecturer in Criminology


  • Programme Leader, MSc Criminology, Gender and Sexualities
  • Joint Module Leader, Crime in the city, crime and the State (Level 6 core)
  • Module Leader, Women, Power, Crime and Justice (Level 6 option)
  • Module Leader, Feminist Criminological Research (Level 7 core) Joint Module Leader, Academic Project (Level 7 core)


  • Criminology Admissions
  • School Champion for the BAME Attainment Gap


  • 2011: Early career researcher conference award University of Greenwich


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • International Editorial Advisory Board: Third World Quarterly
  • Women, Crime and Criminal Justice division of the British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • European Network on Gender and Violence
  • American Society of Criminology division on women and crime

Research / Scholarly interests

Stacy's main areas of interests include:

  • The Criminology of war
  • Gender and International Relations
  • Gender-based Violence and Violence against Women. Stacy is currently developing her work on the gendered impact of war and armed conflict. Specifically, she will be addressing the reproductive health care needs of internally displaced persons and refugee populations who have been victims of conflict-related sexual violence.
  • Stacy is also writing a chapter on Rape Culture and Gender-based violence.

Key funded projects

  • * 2017: University of Greenwich Research Excellence Framework (REF) funding (£3,330). Lead Investigator: Access to safe abortion for survivors of wartime rape and sexual violence: A review of Reproductive Healthcare in Humanitarian settings, particularly access to safe abortion. 
  • 2015: Ministry of Justice funded research project on disproportionality in Prisons (£88,000). Commissioned by NOMS, The University of Greenwich, Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) and The Runnymede Trust worked in partnership to design, implement and evaluate the self-change intervention designed to reduce inequality outcomes in prison for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) prisoners. Final report: 'Improving Outcomes for BAME prisoners to Improve Equality, Safety and Decency in Prison' (2016). Darrick Joliffe, Zubaida Haque, Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Sarah Adamson, Omar Khan, Stacy Banwell.


  • Banwell, S. (2019). Gender, North–South relations: reviewing the Global Gag Rule and the defunding of UNFPA under President Trump. Third World Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2019.1668266
  • Banwell, S. (2018). Security, Peace and Development: Unpacking Discursive Constructions of Wartime Rape and Sexual Violence in Syria. International Journal of Peace and Development Studies. (9)2:15-30
  • Fiddler, M. and Banwell, S. (2018). "Forget about all your taboos": Transgressive Memory and Nazisploitation. Studies in European Cinema.
  • Banwell, S. and Fiddler, M. (2017). Gendered Viewing Strategies: A Critique of Holocaust-related Films that Eroticize, Monsterize and Fetishize the Female Body. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.DOI:10.1080/17504902.2017.1383021
  • Banwell, S. (2016). Rassenschande, Genocide and the Reproductive Jewish Body: Examining the use of Rape and Sexualized Violence Against Jewish Women during the Holocaust. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. 15(2):208-227.
  • Banwell, S. (2015). Globalization masculinities, empire-building and forced prostitution: A critical analysis of the gendered impact of the neoliberal economic agenda in post-invasion/occupation Iraq. Third World Quarterly. 36(4):705-722.
  • Banwell, S. (2014). Rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A case study of gender-based violence. Journal of Gender Studies. 23(1):45-58.
  • Banwell, S. (2011). Women, Violence and Gray Zones: Resolving the Paradox of the Female Victim-Perpetrator. [Online] The Internet Journal of Criminology.
  • Banwell, S. (2010) Gendered narratives: women's subjective accounts of their use of violence and alternative aggression(s) within their marital relationships. Feminist Criminology. 5(2): 116–34.


  • Banwell, S. (2019). Forced pregnancy versus forcible impregnation: A critical analysis of genocidal rape during war/armed conflict. Paper presented at The American Society of Criminology conference, San Francisco.
  • Banwell, S. (2019). "When she decides… the world is better, stronger, safer." Reviewing the impact of President Trump's revised gag order on females' access to safe abortion in crisis, emergency and humanitarian settings. NORA Conference on Border Regimes, Territorial Discourses, and Feminist Politics. The University of Iceland, Reykjavik.
  • Banwell, S. (2018). The 'feminine-as-monstrous': using the whore narrative to unpack representations of militarised femininity gone awry. Paper presented at the Progressive Connexions Evil Women: Women and Evil interdisciplinary conference, Vienna.
  • Banwell, S. (2018). Forced Prostitution: Unpacking the links between globalization, neo-liberalism and the illicit sex trade. Talk presented at Conway Hall as part of the Prostitution, Pimping and Trafficking, curated by Deborah Lavin.
  • Banwell, S. (2018). 'Wars are being fought on the bodies of women and children': Unpacking gender and the human security framework. Paper presented at the European Society of Criminology, Sarajevo.
  • Banwell, S. (2018). Gender-based violence against women and girls within and beyond the Syrian conflict zone. Paper presented at 2018 Annual Conference of the European Network on Gender and Violence in Bristol.
  • Banwell, S. (2017). "This is Beyond Something We've Seen Before:" Unpacking Orientalist and Ethnocentric Interpretations of Wartime Rape. In: 2017 American Society of Criminology conference, Philadelphia.
  • Banwell, S. and Fiddler, M. (2016). "You Will Love in Love Camp 7": Genocidal Violence, Verisimilitude and the Poetics of Space. In 2016 American Society of Criminology conference, New Orleans.
  • Banwell, S. (2015). The law as violence against women: Sex workers' views on stigma, exclusion, governance and patriarchy. In: 2015 Cultural Criminology conference, Amsterdam
  • Banwell, S. (2014). Woman-as-nation: reassessing wartime rape and the reproductive body. In: 2014 American Society of Criminology conference, San Francisco.
  • Banwell S. (2014). "Decriminalization helps all of us and criminalization harms all of us": The subjective viewpoints of sex workers on the current proposals to reform prostitution laws in the UK. In: 2014 British Society of Criminology conference, Liverpool.
  • Banwell, S. and Clift, S. (2013). Dangerous Sex? Sexuality, Risk and the Criminal Justice System. In: 2013 European Society of Criminology conference. Budapest.