Ashley Rogers

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Ashley Rogers is a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has a BSC(Hons) in Criminology and Sociology (University of Stirling), MSc in Human Rights and International Politics (University of Glasgow, 2009) and a second MSc in Applied Social Research Methods (University of Stirling, funded by ESRC, 2013). She is also an HEA Fellow.

Prior to joining Abertay University, Ashley worked as a Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer at the University of Stirling from 2009-2017. She also worked on various projects as a Research Assistant with the University of Stirling and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. In 2016 she spent a summer as a Visiting Researcher at the Freie University in Berlin. 

Ashley completed her ESRC-funded socio-legal PhD in December 2017, which explored the experiences of women victims of violence in Bolivia and the challenges they face when accessing justice. She spent one year conducting ethnographic fieldwork in La Paz with women's groups, non governmental organisations and stat bodies. In particular, her research focused on the implementation of Law 348 to Guarantee Women a Life Free from Violence and women's legal consciousness and subjectivity. This has also led to work exploring femicide and law. During her PhD she also took on the role of School Officer for postgraduate students at the University of Stirling. This followed on from and was connected to her continuous work as the Teaching Assistant Representative.

Ashley's other research work includes examining the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from both the perspective of the children themselves (a follow on from a previous role at the Scottish Refugee Council) and from Scottish local authority perspectives.

In addition, Ashley is interested in environmental issues and recently visited Malawi to investigate access to water and community resilience as part of a Scottish Government funded project. Currently, Ashley is working on a project funded through the AHRC (GCRF) Heritage and Culture Scheme, headed by colleagues in Zimbabwe, to explore the impacts on cultural heritage that result from natural disasters and climate change.

Ashley teaches in a number of different areas but all of her teaching emphasises the need to critically consider dominant conceptualisations and discourses of crime, drawing attention to crimes of the powerful including, but not limited to: state-corporate crime; human trafficking; criminalisation of immigration and border policing; hate crime and dismantling the privilege embedded within discourses of 'free speech'; violence against women and girls, and the crime of femicide; environmental crime and green criminology; penal practices and abolitionism. As a largely qualitative research, she also teaches primarily on ethnographic and creative methodologies.

Ashley is keen to supervise PhD projects on: 
Violence against women
Legal consciousness
Environmental Justice
Gender and the environment
Please do get in touch with her if this is something you are thinking about. 

Find more of Ashley on Twitter: @DrAshleyRogers


Punch, S., & Rogers, A. (Accepted/In press). Building, not burning bridges in research: insider/outsider dilemmas and engaging with the bridge community. Journal of Leisure Research.

Rogers, A. (2021). Naming 'femicide'. In F. Gordon, & D. Newman (Eds.), Leading works in law and social justice (Analysing leading works in law). Routledge.

Rogers, A. (2020). "But the law won't help us": challenges of mobilizing Law 348 to address violence against women in Bolivia. Violence Against Women, 26(12-13), 1471-1492.

Rigby, P., Fotopoulou, M., Rogers, A., Manta, A., & Dikaiou, M. (2020). Problematising separated children: a policy analysis of the UK ‘Safeguarding Strategy: Unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47(3), 501-518.

Anderson, S., Horgan, S., Jamieson, F., Jardine, C., & Rogers, A. (2020). ECR collective response: the future of criminology and the unsustainability of the status quo for ECRs. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 20(4), 487-490.

Rogers, A. (2019). Book review: Conor O’Reilly (ed.), Colonial policing and the transnational legacy: the global dynamics of policing across the Lusophone community. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 19(1), 135-136.

Rogers, A., & Talbot, A. (2019). When being uncomfortable is important: reflections on power and privilege when conducting research in a foreign country and a second language. Abstract from BSA Annual Conference 2019, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Rogers, A., & Ward, T. (2019). Legal consciousness, civil society, and dialogical spaces. Abstract from Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2019, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Blackwood, D., Akunna, J., Gilmour, D., Rogers, A., O'Keeffe, J., & Helliwell, R. (2019). Integrated Water Resource Management in Southern Malawi: enhancement report for project expansion. Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW).

Rogers, A. (2018). The value of ethnography and legal consciousness in a legally plural context. 41-42. Abstract from Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom.

Rigby, P., Fotopolou, M., Rogers, A., & Manta, A. (2018). Responding to unaccompanied minors in Scotland: policy and local authority perspectives. University of Stirling.

Malloch, M., Munro, B., & Rogers, A. (2017). Justice, civic engagement and the public sphere: mapping democratic transformations in Scottish society. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

Rogers, A. (2017). Women's rights and legal consciousness in Bolivia: a socio-legal ethnography. In S. Fletcher, & H. White (Eds.), Emerging voices: critical social research by European Group postgraduate and early career researchers (pp. 179-192). EG Press.


  • Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
    • Colonialism, post-war migration, white privilege, processes of racialisation, criminalisation of migration, hate crime, seeking asylum and refugee processes
  • Criminal Justice Processes
    • Gender and crime, ethnicity and crime, young people and crime, critical perspectives on policing 
  • Crime and Punishment
    • The problem with statistics and an introduction to crimes of the powerful
  • Penal Institutions
    • Prisons in crisis, abolitionsm, harms of imprisonment, critical perspectives on the purpose of prison, prisons and families of those imprisoned, foreign national prisoners, women and prison
  • Policing and Justice in the 21st Century
    • Human trafficking and smuggling, policing borders, prostition, tansnational organised crime, state-corporate crime, drug trafficking
  • Honours Project (Research)
    • Ethnographic methods (including participant observation, interviewing, writing fieldnotes, writing ethographically, ethics, delineating the 'field'

Research interests


Legal consciousness

Human rights


Women's rights and violence against women

Social justice

Climate justice

Southern Criminology


Education/Academic qualification

Socio-Legal, PhD, University of Stirling


Award Date: 27 Jun 2018

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA, Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 1 Jun 2018

Applied Social Research (Criminology/Socio-Legal), MSc, University of Stirling


Award Date: 1 Dec 2013

Human Rights and International Politics, MSc, University of Glasgow


Award Date: 1 Dec 2009

Criminology and Sociology, BSc, University of Stirling


Award Date: 27 Jun 2007


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