Dr Sinem Bozkurt

Dr Sinem Bozkurt


I am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

My PhD explored the prison and post – prison experiences of racially minoritised mothers, with a particular emphasis on culture, race, gender, and discrimination. My thesis utilised a range of diverse, complimentary qualitative analytical frameworks, including a hermeneutic phenomenological approach from a Convict Criminology perspective. Incorporated within a feminist analytical framework with the use of intersectionality as a tool for analysis. I used an interdisciplinary approach in my study, integrating criminology, phenomenology, and social psychology. The emphasis was on how the women encountered, negotiated, and made sense of both cultural and wider structural, patriarchally driven notions that governed them, and how these systems influenced the way they experienced the journey of imprisonment. 


My research interests include women’s imprisonment, crime and racial (in)justice, feminism, intersectionality, qualitative research methods, and lived experiences.