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Dr. Skinner received her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1998; she then became a Lecturer in Criminology first at the University of Teesside and then the University of Leicester. She was appointed Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bath in 2002, and Associate Professor in 2012. She is one of the founders of the Criminology Degree at the University of Bath; and a founder of the Special Interest Group on Disability, Work, Family and Care within the Work and Families Researcher Network (USA). In 2020 and 2021, respectively, she was invited to give evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons inquiry ‘Unequal Impact: Coronavirus and the Impact on People with Protected Characteristic', and the Labour Party Conference, to assist them in understanding the gender/dis-ability pay gap.


As indicated above, there are two areas where she focuses her research: (i) gender based violence, and (ii) the intersection of work, gender and dis-ability.


In relation to the former, Dr Skinner is known for her research with victim-survivors of rape and their experiences of SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centres), the police and courts. She has undertaken Home Office funded projects on: (i) young survivors’ experiences in the criminal justice system including an evaluation of a SARC; (ii) Independent Domestic Violence Advisors; and (iii) healthy relationship education with young people. She also edited the book Researching Gender Violence which brought together work of the British Sociological Association’s Violence Against Women Study Group. With Olivia Smith she has published on court responses to rape victim-survivors. She worked with colleagues on a Great Wester 4 project to develop a strategic response to gender based violence at University. And most recently, she has developed a protocol for the ethical supervision of gender based violence research (Skinner et al, forthcoming).

Her research on dis-ability and gender includes qualitative work on dis-ability, work, the impacts of motherhood and Access to Work (Skinner, 2011 and 2013; Skinner and MacGill, 2015); and large scale quantitative work on the economic well-being of disabled men and women (Kim, Parish and Skinner, 2019), and gender, dis-ability and employment (Kim, Skinner and Parish, 2020). The key findings of the latter two studies are that whilst the dis-ability employment gap may be reducing between disabled and non-disabled people, the gap in economic wellbeing is widening, and disabled women continue to be the most marginalized. She is currently working with Dr. Matt Dickson and Prof Rachel Forester-Jones on an analysis of the effects of becoming disabled on work, wages and wellbeing. This study will be the largest of its kind in the UK, spanning 1991 to 2018 and the first to explore the intersection of gender, ethnicity, education and dis-ability. Dr. Skinner is herself disabled, and has spoken publically about not only her research but also the implications of dis-ability in her own work/life.


  • ‘Personal Tutor of the Year’ by the University and Students' Union (2008/9)
  • ‘Merit Award’ for the excellence of her lecturing, dissertation supervision and tutoring, by the University of Bath (2010)
  • ‘Higher Merit Award’ primarily for her supervision of PhD students (2011)
  • 'Contribution Award' for leadership and management (2012)
  • 'Recognising Excellence Team Award' for adressing potential secondary trauma in PhD research across the South West Doctorial Training Parternship (2021)
  • 'Recognising Excellence Individual Award' for innovation in undergraduate assessment (2021)
  • 'Doctoral Recognition Award' for work on researcher wellbeing (2023)


Nominated and shortlisted for:

  • Excellence in Doctoral Supervision (2023)
  • Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award (2020)
  • Leadership in Learning and Teaching Award (2016)
  •  Excellence in Doctoral Supervision (2016)


Research interests:

  • Dis-ability, employment and wellbeing
  • Sexual violence (police, courts, ISVAs, SARCs, victim-survivors experiences of services, education for young people, procedural justice, kaleidoscopic justice, ecological model)
  • Domestic abuse (education for young people, IDVAs) 
  • Researcher wellbeing

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Dr Tina Skinner primarily supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students in areas of research:

  • Sexual violence (policing, courts, ISVAs, SARCs, university responses; victim-survivors experiances of services/disclosure; education for young people; procedural justice, kaleidoscopic justice; ecological model)
  • Domestic abuse (education for young people; IDVAs)
  • Identity and mothering
  • Dis-ability, employment and wellbeing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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