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Dr Lis BatesDr

Honorary Research Fellow

Elisabeth Bates

Dr Lis BatesDr

Honorary Research Fellow

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External positions

Trustee, Irise International (Girls' Rights NGO)

Jun 20152017

Research interests

Lis is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, School for Policy Studies, at Bristol University. During 2018-19 she holds an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship and is conducting comparative policy analysis of state responses to honour-based violence and abuse across the UK, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. 

Lis’s interests are across gender and violence, in national and international contexts, in particular in criminal justice and health contexts. As well as holding a PhD in honour-based abuse and forced marriage (which examined 1,500 cases to produce a typology of abuse), she has worked on major research projects on Justice, Inequality and Gender-Based Violence (2016-2018), an EU collaboration Addressing Sexual Violence Against Refugee Women (2017-18) and on two interventions for perpetrators of domestic abuse – the ‘Drive’ and ‘ReProvide’ programmes (2018). She employs both qualitative and quantitative methods, and is experienced in analysing police and criminal justice data.

Internationally, she has experience in gender and development, leading an evaluation in 2015 for Plan UK and The GREAT Initiative of the impact of the 2014 Gender Act on increasing equality for women and girls in UK aid and development policy. She is interested in international comparative policy, and is an active contributor to international conferences and forums, in 2017 acting as Expert Advisor to EU technical support missions on gender equality to Georgia and Lebanon.

Lis is especially interested in influencing policy change on violence against women, coming from a policy background – prior to academia she was Head of Research & Evaluation at domestic abuse charity SafeLives, and has held various roles for the UK Parliament (advisory to select committees on Home Affairs and Education) and Government (Home Office and Cabinet Office). She is an increasingly active media commentator (blogs, Radio 4).





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