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Jade Levell is a specialist in gender-based violence, in particular domestic violence, as well as gender theory including studies of masculinities. Research interests include on-road and gang subcultures, Connell’s masculinity theory and analytic frame, music elicitation, narrative methods, feminist praxis.
Currently Jade is working on two substantial research projects. The first is The Road Home Study, which is a study into the narratives of men who experienced domestic violence in childhood and became involved with gangs/on road. This is a narrative research project which uses the innovative method of Music Elicitation. The narratives were then analysed using gender theory with a focus on the performance of masculinities.
Jade has also been successful in securing a European Commission Horizons 2020 grant. She is the principle investigator for the UK branch of an international study into domestic violence perpetrator interventions with partners in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and Romania. This is 24 month study running until 2022...
Prior to her research career Jade worked for ten years in charities that work to end gender based violence. This included several years working in policy and training for Tier 2 domestic violence charity (Standing Together Against Domestic Violence), Jade has also worked in a range of front-line support services, including working with women involved in prostitution, both in a harm minimisation service and a court diversion scheme. In addition she has worked in a domestic violence refuge and in a rape crisis service. This diverse range of grassroots advocacy and activism work informs her research practice. In recognition of this work Jade was nominated for a national Women’s Aid ‘Empowering Women Award’ (2013). Although a lecturer in Criminology, Jade's academic background is grounded in Anthropology and Gender Studies.more
- Levell, J., 2020. Using Connell’s masculinity theory to understand the way in which ex-gang-involved men coped with childhood domestic violence. Journal of Gender Based Violence.
- Molina, J. and Levell, J., 2020. Children’s experience of domestic abuse and criminality: A literature review. Published review of the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales..
- Levell, J., 2019. “Those songs were the ones that made me, nobody asked me this question before”: Music Elicitation with ex-gang involved men about their experiences of childhood domestic violence and abuse. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18.
- Levell, J., 2017. Young Men and Domestic AbuseBy David Gadd, Claire L. Fox, Mary-Louise Corr,Steph Alger and Ian Butler.Abingdon: Routledge,2015 ISBN 9780415722117, 196 pp,£95.00 (hb). Children & Society, 31, 523-524.
- Levell, J., 2019. Exploring Masculinities and Gender Identities in Narratives of ex-Gang-Involved Men. In: Gender in Conflict conference 9 October 2019 Bournemouth University.
- Levell, J., 2019. The Road Home Study: Music Elicitation and narratives of childhood domestic violence and gang-involvement. In: European Society of Criminology Conference 18-21 September 2019 Ghent, Belgium.
- Levell, J., 2019. The Road Home Study: Exploring the life-history narratives of men who experienced childhood domestic violence and gang-involvement. In: The British Society of Criminology Conference 2-5 July 2019 Lincoln, UK.
- Levell, J., 2019. The Road Home Study: Findings from a narrative study into childhood domestic violence and gang-involvement. In: To think is to experiment 2 May 2019 The University of East London.
Hidden Victims, Webinar, 28 May 2020 more
British Association of Social Work
Masculinities, DVA and gang involvement, HMP Stafford, 17 Jul 2019 more
Guest lecture to Open University students in prison
Feminism of the 99%: Equality, Advocacy, Privilege, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, 17 Jun 2019 more
Guest Lecturer at Gender Studies Summer School
- The Other Side of the Story: Perpetrators in Change (European Commission, 01 May 2020). Awarded
- British Society of Criminology Conference, The Road Home Study: Exploring the life story narratives of men who had experienced domestic violence in childhood and life on road and in gangs, 03 Jul 2019, University of Lincoln
- University of East London Narrative Research Conference: To Think is to Experiment, Narrative Research with men who have experience DVA in childhood and life in a gang/on road, 02 May 2019, London
- Summer School in Narrative Research (SINS), 05 Aug 2018, Aarhus University, Denmark
- The Politics of Self-Exposure in Research, 08 May 2017, Aarhus University, Denmark
- NVIVO Training, 13 Feb 2019
- Narratives and Storytelling in Qualitative Research, 30 May 2018
- PhD in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care (The Open University, 2020)
- MA in Masters of Gender Studies (The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 2012)
- MA in Anthropology and Gender Studies (Aberdeen University, 2009)
- Research Excellence Award: Poster Prize (The Open University, 2018)
- Research Excellence Awards: Prize for Best Research Summary (The Open University, 2018)
- Research Excellence Award: Poster Prize (The Open University, 2017)
- Scholarship for Excellence (The British Council, 2007)