Research

Tanya's research interests fall primarily in the following overlapping areas:

  • Gender, Sexualities and Law;
  • Criminal Law and criminal justice, particularly in relation to sexual offences;
  • Feminist Legal Theory;
  • Socio-Legal Research Methodologies

Tanya is currently working on a monograph based on her PhD and postdoctoral work, entitled Re-Negotiating Sex and Sexual Violation in the Criminal Law. The book draws together doctrinal, theoretical and empirical research to critique current legal constructions of sex and sexual violation and to develop a new model of sexual offending based around a concept of 'freedom to negotiate'.

Tanya is also currently researching the ethics and politics of the 'SlutWalk' protests, and exploring the use of social media as a data source in order to do so.

Tanya is keen to supervise PhD/postgraduate research on any aspect of the legal regulation of sexual relationships including rape and sexual assault, heterosexism in law, sex work/prostitution/commercial sexual exploitation, protections and prohibitions affecting the sex lives of persons with disabilities, laws regulating the sex lives of trans people, legal responses to abuse in relationships. Tanya is also interested in supervising research in criminal law and criminal justice generally.