Royal Holloway Academics

Amina Memon Director

Amina Memon has been a Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway since 2009. She was previously Professor at the University of Aberdeen where she was part of the Scottish Institute of Policing Research network. She established an excellent reputation for herself through her dedication to research in the applied cognition and social psychology domain. She conducts high quality research which has ecological validity and engages in knowledge transfer activities in public and voluntary sector organisations. Her studies of cognitive interviewing methods for information gathering with vulnerable witnesses have impacted training in interviewing skills in evidence gathering. In her work with groups such as the Scottish Judiciary, Asylum Aid, Freedom from Torture and the Anti-torture initiative, Amina has drawn attention to the problem of interrogative interviewing styles and the reliance on consistency in memory reports as an indicator of truthfulness. Amina’s research studies have included children, individuals with autism, seniors, police officers and judges. She collaborators with researchers and practitioners in Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, North America and Finland. Current projects including work on memory and decision-making, trauma and memory, on-line misinformation and the nature and characteristics of memory narratives in adult victims of child abuse. In 2017, she received the Economic and Social Research Council Outstanding Impact on Public Policy Prize. Among publications are her 2003 text (with Vrij & Bull) Psychology and Law: Accuracy, Credibility and Truthfulness. Twitter: @AminaMemon1. See Prof. Memon’s publications here: recent publications

Jill Marshall Co-Director

Professor Jill Marshall is a Professor of Law in the School of Law at Royal Holloway and a qualified lawyer in England and Wales (admitted as a solicitor 1992). Her work focuses on the relationship between law and living well, human flourishing, what it means to be free, and women’s human rights. This includes analysis of conceptions of privacy, freedom, care, belonging and recognition and how they relate to the purpose of law, including human rights and anti-discrimination law purporting to protect aspects of our personal freedom and identities. Current projects include analysing secrecy and confidentiality in pregnancy and childbirth, ‘children born of conflict’, freedom of religion, expression, identity and autonomy. She is the author of three books including Human Rights Law and Personal Identity and has written widely on these topics. She is Royal Holloway’s human rights research cluster lead for Global Challenges Research Fund work.

Katherine Brickell

Katherine Brickell is Professor of Human Geography at RHUL and an expert on human rights issues and the operation of law in Cambodia. Supported by the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2016-2019), she is currently developing ‘feminist legal geographies’ as an agenda in her discipline and has interdisciplinary interests in the relationship between gender, violence, and law. Between 2012-2015 she led the ESRC-DFID funded study ‘Lay and Institutional Knowledges of Domestic Violence Law: Towards Active Citizenship in Rural and Urban Cambodia’. This was followed by the co-organisation of a client consultation workshop and competition funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Cambodia; UNWOMEN’s commissioning of a background paper on domestic violence law for its flagship global report Progress of the World’s Women 2018; and expert-witness testimony (2017) given to a US court on behalf of a domestic violence survivor with the outcome of successful deferral of removal to Cambodia under the Convention Against Torture. Katherine is currently leading on the exploratory national survey ‘Using Geographical Expertise in Legal Settings’ with the Royal Geographical Society with findings forthcoming in late 2019. She is the author of ‘Feminist Geolegality’ in Progress in Human Geography (2017), ‘Gendered Violences and Rule of/by Law in Cambodia’ in Dialogues in Human Geography, and editor of a special issue on ‘feminist legal geography’ in Environment and Planning A which will be published in 2019. Other published journal articles focus on domestic violence, forced eviction, and their pluri-legal intimacies and politics in everyday life in Cambodia. Her monograph Home SOS: Gender, Violence and Survival in Crisis Ordinary Cambodia will be published in 2019. She is Director of the Geopolitics, Development, Security, and Justice Research Group at RHUL; editor of the journal Gender, Place and Culture; and has published three co-edited books The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia (2017); Geographies of Forced Eviction (2017) and Translocal Geographies (2011). Twitter: @K_Brickell

John F. Morrison

Dr. John F. Morrison is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Royal Holloway. He holds a BA in Psychology from University College Dublin, an MA in Forensic Psychology from University College Cork and a PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews. John is an associate editor of Perspectives on Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. He is also the host and developer of the Talking Terror podcast. On the podcast he interviews leading experts in terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. His research interests include organisational splits in terrorist groups, the role of trust in terrorist involvement, violent dissident Irish republicanism, the psychology of terrorism, expert-novice differences in terrorist offenders, and the social ecology of radicalisation.

Ben O’Loughlin

 Ben O’Loughlin is Professor of International Relations and Director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Soft Power, producing the report Power and Persuasion in the Modern World. He is co-editor of the Sage journal Media, War & Conflict. In 2017 Ben published Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, with A. Miskimmon and L. Roselle, eds.). Ben has recently completed several projects on digital engagement with the British Council. In 2016 Ben and his co-authors won the Walter Lippmann Award for Political Communication at the American Political Science Association (APSA). He is currently completing a book examining the role of narrative in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
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Gillian Gordon

Award winning producer, Gillian Gordon has been working in the US, UK and Asia for the past 28 years as a Television Executive, and Producer. After graduating from NYU film school she began her career in Los Angeles. Experienced in every aspect of film and television production Gordon brings a knowledge of working in Hollywood film development as well as hands on responsibility for groundbreaking music videos, commercials and films.
Gillian is an outstanding educator, media consultant and qualified management coach and psychotherapist. She ran the educational charity Youth Culture Television, is a Trustee of Filmaid International and Developing Artists. She has recently been responsible for developing theatre and film projects with refugees in Jordan, Palestine and Kenya. She was the Co-Director with Counterpoint Arts, of Out of Place
(Refugee Communities – the Role and Impact of the Arts 2015) and mentors refugee film-makers. She was on the Advisory Board of the government of Singapore’s, Media Development Agency (2011-2016), Chair of the MA International Media Producing programme, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Asia (2009-2012). She has worked at ITV and Japan Satellite Broadcasting and was Head of Television at Film&General Productions for 9 years and Chief Operating Officer and Head of Production at Harmony Pictures in Los Angeles.
She is currently producing a VR art film, IN PIECES about Catalan political prisoners exhibited at Gazelli Art House, Mayfair in October. Her book, Creative Producing – From Page to Screen will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2020.
Her research interests are focused on refugees and media making, creative producing and storytelling.
Gillian Gordon – BFA (NYU), Dip. Psych, MA Psych., ADIP Psych., PG Cert. Ed. PG Cert. CMI Management Coaching

Rikke Bjerg Jensen

Dr Rikke Bjerg Jensen is a Lecturer in the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway University of London, with research interests that centre on everyday security practices enabled through digital technology and mobile devices. Rikke’s research focuses on how technology and the information flows that it enables engender different notions of security amongst people living on ‘the edge’ of society. Through collaborative and ethnographic methods, she has undertaken extensive fieldwork with wide-ranging communities, including seafarers, military personnel and their families as well as refugees and migrants, to explore the wider human-technology-security nexus and to develop an appreciation for ‘security from below’. Rikke’s latest publications feature in Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Rikke is Chair of the Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Zoe Given-Wilson

Dr Zoe Given-Wilson is a clinical psychologist at the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law she works as a child and adolescent researcher focusing on issues pertaining to the asylum application process for young people. This research includes the role of autobiographical memory and trauma in providing testimonial evidence, the degree of suggestibility in those who have experienced negative life events, developmental considerations and experiences of the appeal process. She has also contributed to training to governmental immigration departments including those within the United Kingdom for Home Office, Europe and United States, and immigration lawyers, social workers and clinicians working in this field in these countries. Zoe has contributed to developing training with the UNHCR and European Asylum Support Office.
Zoe also works in a trauma service for young asylum seekers in North London. In this clinical role she provides treatment for those who are newly arrived and those who are trying to stabilise their lives in the United Kingdom. She is trained in trauma focused therapies and risk management strategies.
Zoe completed both a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and MSc. in Medical Anthropology at University College London, England. She gained her Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University, Australia.

Gary P. Brown

Gary P. Brown, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway, University of London and Director of Research for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. He is registered with the Health Professions Council and is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. He received a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research concerns measurement in clinical psychology, with a focus on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and especially the central challenge of translating findings from the research literature to the idiosyncratic needs of those seeking services in applied contexts such as psychotherapy, which depends critically on valid and precise measurement and parallel understandings of phenomena at the population and individual levels. Another central focus is on improving the extent to which self-report measures can be relied upon. Gary has been involved in the development of a number of the key measures used in the CBT field. He has also been active in helping to develop the system of cognitive-behavioral training in the United Kingdom. He co-edited the book Assessment in Cognitive Therapy (2014) New York: Guilford Press, with David A. Clark. He is an associate editor of Frontiers in Psychiatry: Psychological Therapies section.

Sarah Ansari

Sarah Ansari is Professor of History in the History Department at Royal Holloway. Much of her research has focused on South Asia with a particular interest in places that today comprise Pakistan, exploring issues of ethnicity, religion, identity, and migration. As a member of the ‘Partition History Project’ and the ‘Partition Commemoration Campaign’, she has engaged with local community initiatives, inter-faith groups, theatre companies, arts organisations, youth charities, schools, and race equality think-tanks, in an effort to raise public understanding in the UK of the longer-term impact of the huge loss of life, refugee displacement and mass migration that accompanied the 1947 division of Britain India. Her latest work engages with understandings of citizenship and belonging during the transition from colonial rule to independence in different parts of India and Pakistan.

Will Jones

Will Jones is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is interested in the ways in which methodologies new to refugee studies, such as market design, agent-based modelling, and information security theory, can be used to pragmatically and constructively assist with the design of the international refugee regime. His work was used in the construction of the world’s first refugee resettlement matching system, ‘Annie Moore’, which is being used by HIAS to resettle refugees across the USA today (for more information check out:

Mastoureh Fathi

Mastoureh is a lecturer in sociology at Royal Holloway University of London. Her areas of research include migration, gender and class, belonging and intersectionality, collaborative ethnography and art methods. Her monography was published by Palgrave Macmillan (2017) entitled: ‘Intersectionality, Class and Migration. She has published in Journals of Gender and Education, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Political Psychology, Narrative Works among others.

Ravinder Barn

Ravinder Barn, PhD, is Professor of Social Policy in the School of Law at Royal Holloway. She has a national and international reputation for her work on child welfare, gender, migration, marginality, and social justice. She has published 8 books and over 100 journal papers or book chapters. Her work on rape and criminal justice, and victim blaming has focused on India and the UK, in the context of theories of patriarchy, power, intersectionality and postcolonialism. She is co-editor of the 11-nation study ‘Child welfare systems and migrant groups: International perspectives’, 2015, New York: Oxford University Press. Her most recent research into unaccompanied minors in Sicily is part of a 25-nation research consortium into children’s conceptualizations of child well-being. Ravinder’s research has been disseminated to a wide variety of potential beneficiaries ranging from academic researchers, central and local government, international organisations including the Council of Europe and the European Union, and third sector organizations.

Victoria Mapplebeck

Victoria Mapplebeck is an award winning artist and Director. She is also a Reader in Digital Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her practice uses creative writing, film, photography and VR to examine how our emotions are mediated through ‘affective technologies’. Her creative works begin at the interface between emotion and technology, exploring how emotions change when mediated by technology. Victoria wrote and directed TEXT ME a multi platform arts project produced in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. TEXT ME is a live and online platform which creates an evolving and living archive in which users are encouraged to collect, curate and share stories from their digital past. TEXT ME won The Merging Media Prize for Best European Cross platform Project and The 2014 Pixel Lab Prize.
For the last four years, Victoria has been experimenting with smartphone film production. She writes regularly for The Conversation and Broadcast magazine on the ways in which smartphone production has transformed film production, in terms of intimacy, aesthetics and audience. In 2015, Victoria filmed and directed 160 Characters a smartphone short for Film London. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, 160 Characters brings to life the secrets buried in a vintage Nokia and won the Best Documentary Award at the 2017 Short of the Week Film Awards. When the film launched online it received a Vimeo Staff pick and has since gathered over a million online hits.
In 2017, Victoria shot and directed Missed Call, a smartphone short which explores her relationship with her teenage son as they work out how to reconnect with his father who’s been absent for a decade. Missed Call was the first commissioned short film to be shot on the iPhone X and recently won a 2018 AHRC Research in Film Award. Victoria’s third smartphone short The Waiting Room commissioned by The Guardian, tells the story of her breast cancer (as patient and film-maker) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery. This film and VR project will challenge the language of illness and the cultural myths that surround this disease. The Waiting Room explores illness and mortality from a patient’s POV, putting under the microscope what we can and what we can’t control when our bodies fail us.
Victoria writes regularly about documentary and VR for The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Conversation. She has given lectures and keynotes at The Banff New Media Institute, Sheffield Doc Fest, IDFA and Vice Media. She is interviewed regularly for BBC, ITV and Sky news on developments in smartphone production and digital identity. More info below:

David La Rooy

David La Rooy has received specialist training in child forensic interviewing, as well as training in the assessment quality of investigative interviews conducted with children alleging abuse. He is a Charted Psychologist and conducts research related to investigative interviewing.

Katie Willis

Katie Willis is Professor of Human Geography, with a particular research focus on gender, migration and households. Much of her work has been in Latin America and East Asia, and has focused on the intersections between macroeconomic processes, legal frameworks and intimate life both within countries and transnationally. Most recently she has worked with Anna Gupta (RHUL Social Work) and Sue Clayton (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths) on the theme of unaccompanied migrant children.
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Twitter: @KatieWillisGeog

Nick Hardwick

Professor Nick Hardwick has a part time role as Professor in Criminal Justice at the School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London since 2016. His research and teaching interests now reflect his previous career and centre on criminal justice accountability mechanisms, youth justice and parole. He has had a number of senior roles in the criminal justice system. He was Chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales from 2016-2018, from 2010 to 2016 he was HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and from 2003 to 2010 was the first Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The first half of his career was in the voluntary sector working with young offenders for the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), young homeless people for Centrepoint and refugees and asylum seekers for the Refugee Council.
He is the Chair of New Horizon Youth Centre, a trustee of Prisoners Abroad and a Patron of the Zahid Mubarek Trust and Unlock.
He has honorary doctorates from Leeds Beckett University and the universities of Hull and Wolverhampton.