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Dr Clare Wiper

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Clare is an Assistant Professor in Criminology at Northumbria University. Her research interests centre around women’s experiences of male violence, abuse, and coercive control. Clare’s current research focuses on women’s experiences of coerced debt in the context of domestic abuse (British Academy); lawyers’ experiences of pursuing civil compensation claims for sexual violence survivors (Newcastle Law School); and women’s experiences of pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle, especially where this relates to crime, fear and perceptions of safety. Previous projects have focused on activist and third sector responses to violence against women; the impact of government austerity measures on women’s experiences of domestic and sexual violence (PhD); and online and tech-facilitated forms of harassment and abuse against feminists (British Academy). Clare’s work is interdisciplinary, adopts qualitative, ethnographic and online methodologies, and typically draws upon a feminist political economy analysis.  

Clare is module leader on a number of Criminology modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Identity and Diversity in Criminology, Intimate Partner Violence, and Social Exclusion and Victimisation in a Global Context.

Clare Wiper

Clare's current research projects include: 

The role of coerced debt in domestic abuse contexts in Britain - this project is funded by the British Academy and uses semi-structured interviews with survivors of coerced debt, domestic abuse advocates, criminal and civil justice professionals, creditors and financial advisers to examine: (1) the occurrence of coerced debt in the context of domestic abuse; (2) survivors’ experiences of coerced debt and the consequences it has for their lives; (3) the links between coerced debt and other forms of domestic abuse; and (4) legal and financial responses to coerced debt in Britain. A feminist political economy framework guides this study, drawing attention to issues of structural gender inequality, economic insecurity, neoliberal reform, austerity and debt. 

Civil compensation claims for sexual violence - this project explores the benefits and limitations of civil law as a response to sexual violence in the UK. The research team are interviewing civil lawyers about (1) the nature and extent of civil cases for compensation brought by survivors of sexual violence; (2) access and barriers to the legal process and procedural legal problems; (3) the relationship between the civil and criminal legal systems in practice; and (4) their experiences of representing clients who may experience ongoing effects of trauma.

Pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle upon Tyne: safety, design and management - this project uses archival research, an online survey and interviews to explore people's experiences of pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle upon Tyne. Clare is particularly interested in gendered experiences of the underpasses.


In addition to researching violence against women, Clare is interested in feminist social movements, feminist political economy and intersectionality theory. Her work often extends into the community and into policy arenas at national and international levels. For instance, she has worked as a steering group member of North East Women's Network; has helped inform Police and Crime Commissioners’ strategies around violence against women; and has lobbied the UN CEDAW Committee about rising levels of violence against women in the UK.


Clare welcomes PhD applications from students interested in studying violence against women (including economic abuse and tech-facilitated abuse), feminist activism, and criminal & civil justice. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Violence Against Women and Girls: Feminist Activism and Resistance, Wiper, C., Lewis, R. 2020, Victimology, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Online/Offline Continuities: Exploring Misogyny and Hate in Online Abuse of Feminists, Rowe, M., Lewis, R., Wiper, C. 10 May 2019, Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web, London, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Misogyny Online: Extending the boundaries of Hate Crime, Rowe, M., Lewis, R., Wiper, C. Oct 2018, In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence
  • Online abuse of feminists as an emerging form of violence against women and girls, Lewis, R., Rowe, M., Wiper, C. Oct 2017, In: British Journal of Criminology

Emily Taylor Police officers’ perceptions, experiences, and attitudes towards policing image-based sexual abuse. Start Date: 19/10/2022

  • Criminology PhD June 01 2018
  • Criminology PhD June 01 2012

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