Amy Stanley

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

astanley@liverpool.ac.uk 


Biography

Prior to beginning her PhD studentship at the University of Liverpool in 2016, Amy completed her MRes Critical Social Science (2015-16) and BA Hons Criminology (2012-2015) at Liverpool John Moores University. Amy’s current research interests include women’s imprisonment, feminist criminology, violence against women, and radical feminist theory.

Research

Amy’s research considers the policy and practice of body searching in English prisons for women. Using feminist theory and methods, her research investigates how women experience forms of body searching, namely strip searches and intimate searches, during and post-imprisonment. The research not only investigates experiences of body searching, but also critically examines the history and current trajectory of body searching policy and practice. Amy also investigates ‘radical alternatives’ to women’s body searching, such as that of surveillance technologies. Ultimately, Amy’s research seeks to understand the function of body searching in women’s prisons in England, is it a form of institutional sexual abuse, or a legitimate and necessary state practice informed by national security concerns?

Theis title

A Radical Feminist Analysis of Body Searching in English Prisons for Women.

Publications

Stanley, A. (2018) A Radical Feminist Analysis of Body Searching in Women’s Prisons. Paper presented at European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Annual Conference: Ljubljana.

Stanley, A. (2018) Feminist Research, Ethics and Safeguarding. Paper presented at University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice Postgraduate Research Conference.

Stanley, A. (2017) Developing An Understanding Of Body Searching In Women’s Prisons. Paper presented at Whose Law and What Order in An Age of Austerity? Centre for The Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion.

Stanley, A. (2017) A Preliminary Discussion of Body Searching in Women’s Prisons in England. Paper presented at University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice Postgraduate Research Conference.

Stanley, A. (2016) Researching Sexual Violence: The Importance of Safeguarding. Paper Presented at LJMU Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies Research Day.

Stanley, A. (2016) Sexual Violence: Strip-Searching in Prisons. Paper presented at Supporting Survival: Celebrating Feminist Activism in Merseyside.

Stanley, A. (2016) Researching Sexual Violence: The Importance of Safeguarding. Paper Presented at LJMU Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies Research Day.

Stanley, A. (2016) Sexual Violence: Strip-Searching in Prisons. Paper Presented at Supporting Survival: Celebrating Feminist Activism in Merseyside.

Stanley, A. (2015) The Cornerstone Project: A Review of Reward Schemes and Corporate Social Responsibility. Liverpool City Council: Liverpool.