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Dr Geetanjali Gangoli

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology

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I work in the in the field of gender based violence, and my particular specialism is in looking at the intersecting roles of class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability in terms of the perpetuation, the experience of and the prevention of gender based violence and abuse, including social and feminist responses, particularly in India and the UK. My work is interdisciplinary, drawing on, and contributing to the disciplines of sociology, social work, feminist gender studies, legal and policy studies. Theoretical contributions include: intersectional inequalities, and whether, for instance, crimes in the name of honour should be treated similarly or differently in policy and practice terms as opposed to generic forms of gender based violence (Chantler et al. 2018; Chantler and Gangoli, 2011; Gangoli et al. 2011; Chantler et al. 2009; Hester et al. 2008); conceptual understanding of Indian feminist responses to gender based violence (Gangoli, 2007; Gangoli, 2008; Gangoli and Rew, 2015; Solanki and Gangoli, 2016, Gangoli and Rew, 2017; Gangoli et al. 2019); and understanding the meaning of women’s violence against women (Gangoli, 2017; Rew, Gangoli and Gill, 2013; Gangoli and Rew, 2011). I am concerned with the implications for practice, and the intersections between policy and practice; particularly around issues concerning BME communities, female genital mutilation and honour based violence (Gangoli et al. 2018; Hester et al. 2015). I have co-edited Policy & Politics (2008-2012) and I am a co-editor, and one of the founders of the journal, International Journal for Gender Based Violence (2016-).  

My research has had impact in several areas. Recent projects (EU-Daphne, 2018; IAS, 2019) on sexual violence in Refugee and Asylum Seeking communities has led to the creation of innovative and highly rated training for practitioners on this area, and has recently contributed to a research impact story, and is being considered for inclusion in a research impact case study in the forthcoming REF. My research on forced marriage and honour based violence (Hester et al. 2015; Gangoli and Chantler, 2009; Hester et al. 2008) have influenced policy and practice in the area of immigration law (2006, 2008); policing (2012, 2017) and honour based violence (2017, 2016). I have worked on the Steering Committee on Forced Marriages and Honour Related Violence, Home Office (2004-2006); am a HARM network Goodwill Ambassador (since 2019), have spoken at local practitioner events and I have excellent links with practitioner and policy communities working in the area of GBV and minority women in the UK and in India.

Research Groups

Department of Sociology

  • Violence and Abuse


Authored book

  • Aghtaie, N. & Gangoli, G. (2014). Understanding gender based violence: National and international contexts. Taylor and Francis.
  • Gangoli, G. (2012). Indian feminisms: Law, patriarchies and violence in India. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Gangoli, G. & Rew, M. (2014). 'Strategic co-option'? Indian feminists, the State and legal activism on domestic violence. In Taylor and Francis Inc. 183-202.
  • Gangoli, G. & Rew, M. (2014). ‘strategic co-option’?: Indian feminists, the state and legal activism on domestic violence. In Taylor and Francis. 183-202.
  • Aghtaie, N. & Gangoli, G. (2014). Key issues: Researching gender based violence. In Taylor and Francis Inc. 3-16.
  • Hester, M. & Gangoli, G. (2013). Comparison and collaboration: Researching young people’s experiences and perceptions of violence in the family across China and the UK. In Taylor and Francis. 105-124.
  • Gangoli, G. (2011). Controlling women's sexuality: Rape law in India. In Policy Press. 101-120.
  • Westmarland, N. & Gangoli, G. (2011). Introduction: Approaches to rape. In Policy Press. 1-12.
  • Gangoli, G. (2008). Immorality, hurt or choice: Indian feminists and prostitution. In SAGE Publications Inc. 21-39.
  • Gangoli, G. (2008). Indian feminisms: Issues of sexuality and representation. In Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 53-65.
  • Westmarland, N. & Gangoli, G. (2006). Introduction: Approaches to prostitution. In Policy Press. 1-17.
  • Gangoli, G. (2006). Prostitution in India: Laws, debates and responses. In Policy Press. 115-139.

Journal Article

  • Jones, C, Skinner, T.S. Gangoli, G. , Smith, O. & Fenton, R. (2020). Gender-based Violence Among UK University Students and Staff: A Socio-Ecological Framework. The SCuLE Centre Working Paper 21-2.
  • Gangoli, Geetanjali (2020). Gender-Based Violence, Law, Justice and Health: Some Reflections. Public Health Ethics
  • Gangoli, G., Gill, A.K. & Rew, M. (2020). Shifting Feminist Activisms: Indian Feminism and Critical Events of Rape. Journal of International Women's Studies 21(6): 38-52.
  • Gangoli, G., Bates, L. & Hester, M. (2020). What does justice mean to black and minority ethnic (BME) victims/survivors of gender-based violence?. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 46(15): 3119-3135.
  • Chantler, K., Gangoli, G. & Thiara, R.K. (2019). Muslim women and gender based violence in India and the UK. Critical Social Policy 39(2): 163-183.
  • Mulvihill, N., Gangoli, G., Gill, A.K. & Hester, M. (2019). The experience of interactional justice for victims of ‘honour’-based violence and abuse reporting to the police in England and Wales. Policing and Society 29(6): 640-656.
  • Gangoli, G., Gill, A., Mulvihill, N. & Hester, M. (2018). Perception and barriers: reporting female genital mutilation. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research 10(4): 251-260.
  • Rew Dr., M., Gangoli Dr., G. & Gill Dr., A.K. (2013). Violence between female in-laws in India. Journal of International Women's Studies 14(1): 147-160.
  • Fitzpatrick, T., Gangoli, G., Ayres, S. & Sweeting, D. (2011). Editorial statement. Policy and politics 39(1): 1-2.
  • Gangoli, G. & Rew, M. (2011). Mothers-in-law against daughters-in-law: Domestic violence and legal discourses around mother-in-law violence against daughters-in-law in India. Women's Studies International Forum 34(5): 420-429.
  • Hague, G., Gangoli, G., Joseph, H. & Alphonse, M. (2010). Raising silenced voices: South Asian women immigrating after marriage. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care 3(1): 25-35.
  • Gangoli, G., McCarry, M. & Razak, A. (2009). Child marriage or forced marriage? South asian communities in north east england. Children and Society 23(6): 418-429.
  • Chantler, K., Gangoli, G. & Hester, M. (2009). Forced marriage in the UK: Religious, cultural, economic or state violence? Critical Social Policy 29(4): 587-612.
  • Gangoli, G. & Chantler, K. (2009). Protecting victims of forced marriage: Is age a protective factor? Feminist Legal Studies 17(3): 267-288.
  • Gangoli, G. & McCarry, M. (2008). Criminalising forced marriage: Geetanjali Gangoli and Melanie McCarry analyse criminalisation as a strategy to combat forced marriage. Criminal Justice Matters 74(1): 44-46.
  • Gangoli, G. (2007). Immorality, hurt or choice: How Indian feminists engage with prostitution. International Feminist Journal of Politics 9(1): 1-19.
  • Gangoli, G. (2006). Engendering genocide: Gender, conflict and violence. Women's Studies International Forum 29(5): 534-538.
  • Gangoli, G. (2000). Abortion: a fundamental right. Issues in medical ethics 8(4): 104.
  • Gangoli, G. (1998). Reining women's sexuality through law: Implications for social work education. Indian Journal of Social Work 59(4): 1017-1018.
  • Gangoli, G. (1996). The right to protection from sexual assault: The Indian antirape campaign. Development in Practice 6(4): 334.

Other (Print)

Working Paper