Dr Jade Levell

MA (Hons), MA, PhD

  • BS8 1TZ

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Research interests

Dr Jade Levell is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Public Policy (Criminology and Gender Violence) at the University of Bristol. Research interests include adverse childhood experiences, childhood domestic violence, on-road and gang subcultures, organised crime, masculinity theory, DVA perpetrators, and feminist praxis. She has expertise in Music Elicitation as both a social research tool and an innovative way of listening and working with marginalised groups. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Gender-Based Violence and has published widely on issues related to GBV. Her book, ‘Boys, Childhood Domestic Abuse, and Gang Involvement: Violence at Home, Violence On-Road’ was published in June 2022 with Policy Press. She has also co-edited a collection due for release in 2023 with Tara Young and Rod Earle entitled; 'Exploring Urban Youth Culture Outside of the Gang Paradigm: Critical Questions of Youth, Gender and Race On-road' (Policy Press).

Dr Levell has experience of working internationally on issues of gender equality, gender-based violence, and youth adversity and crime. In 2020-2022 she led a the UK arm of a European Commission funded project into domestic violence perpetrator interventions with partners in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and Romania. This work led to her nomination to the Board of Working With Perpetrators Europe (WWPEN), which is an umbrella organisation for perpetrator work with members from 32 European countries. From 2021-2023 Dr Levell was the Criminology lead in a funded project in Albania looking at 'reconnecting Albanian youth and society'. Dr Levell led a research team that used music elicitation as a tool to interview men in prison and on probation. She then designed and delivered training on music elicitation as an intervention tool for professionals working with marginalised young people in Albania.

Prior to research, Jade worked for over ten years in charities that work to end gender-based violence, in support work, policy work, strategic coordination and professional training. This diverse range of grassroots advocacy and activism work informs her research practice. In recognition of this work she was nominated for a national Women’s Aid ‘Empowering Women Award’ (2013).

External positions

Board Member, Working with Perpetrators Europe

13 Oct 2021 → …

Editor, Journal of Gender Based Violence

1 Feb 2021 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research


  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Masculinities
  • Gangs
  • Child Protection
  • Music Elicitation
  • On-Road
  • Perpetrators
  • Violence
  • Gender
  • Adversity


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