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Joanna Gilmore



Dr Joanna Gilmore
LLB (Newcastle), MRes (Manchester), PhD (Manchester), PGCAP (York)

Senior Lecturer

I graduated from Newcastle University in 2006 where I was awarded the JH Rennoldson Prize and Sweet & Maxwell Prize for the highest mark on the degree programme. Following a period working for Bishop Auckland College and the National Probation Service, I was awarded 1+3 funding from the University of Manchester to complete an ESRC recognised MRes in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies and completed my PhD in 2013.

I was appointed as Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester in 2012 and Lecturer in Law at the University of York in 2013.

Research interests

  • Public Order Law

  • Public Order Policing

  • Critical Policing Studies

  • Counter Terrorism

  • Human Rights

My PhD (Manchester, 2013) examined the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the regulation of public protest in England and Wales. It contrasted official discourses on public order law, policy and policing practices with a view from below, drawing on extensive ethnographic research into the policing of anti-war protests in London.

These ideas are developed in my current projects, which critically examine:

  1. Attempts to make public order policing more ‘human rights compliant’
  2. The development of the concept of ‘domestic extremism’ and the blurring of the boundaries between counter terrorism and public order policing policy

  3. The utility for social movements of human rights law.

In addition to academic outputs, my research has attracted media coverage informing public debate (eg, The Guardian, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News), has attracted parliamentary attention, and has had demonstrable impact (eg, triggering an intervention by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly).

I am a Steering Committee Member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control; a founding member of the Northern Police Monitoring Project; and an Associate Editor of the journal Justice, Power and Resistance.

I am a member of the Law, Justice and Power research cluster.

Current Projects:

Citizen experiences of 'anti-fracking' protest policing in England and Wales

An 18 month study documenting the experiences of individuals taking part in protests against 'fracking' in England and Wales. The study examines how the police response to anti-fracking protests affects citizen engagement with political campaigning. This study is funded by the Morrell Trust.

Contact details

Dr Joanna Gilmore
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5738