Professor Ravinder Barn

Research interests (continued)

Ravinder Barn is Professor of Social Policy in the School of Law. She is the author or editor of eight books and over 100 journal papers or book chapters. Ravinder writes on gender, ethnicity, child and youth welfare, and criminal justice. In August 2015, her work on sexual violence and criminal justice in India was among the top 10 'most read' in the British Journal of Criminology. Her research on child welfare and migrant groups is highly regarded nationally and internationally. Her recent book, published by Oxford University Press, analyses child welfare systems in 11 countries to promote theoretical and empirical understandings of contemporary concerns surrounding globalisation, migration, and child rights.

Ravinder is a mixed-methods researcher. Her academic base is inter-disciplinary and spans social policy, sociology, social work, and criminology.

As Principal Investigator, she has successfully led on a number of externally funded research studies. Ravinder has worked with many organisations including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the former Commission for Racial Equality, the Canadian High Commission, the Department of Health, the Family Rights Group, National Children's Bureau, the Youth Justice Board, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Her research is empirically and theoretically grounded and key findings are disseminated to a wide variety of potential beneficiaries ranging from academic researchers, central and local government, international organizations including the Council of Europe and the European Union, and third sector organizations. 

Ravinder is currently engaged in six empirical research studies:-

1. An inter-disciplinary study into mobile phone technology to help reduce re-offending, and promote positive engagement between youth workers and young people involved in youth offending teams - our project website.

2. Gender and Policing in India

3. Developing child protection policy and practice in China

4. Rape myths in contemporay society

5. Unaccompanied minors and child well-being in Italy

6. Understanding rural and urban child well-being in India


Professor Barn welcomes ideas for collaborative research from academic colleagues at Royal Holloway and beyond. She is keen to receive PhD applications in areas related to her research interests.

Ravinder's Twitter profile is @ProfRaviBarn

Ravinder's work can also be followed on; SSRN, and LinkedIn.

Some former PhD students include:

Vicki Harman (Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey, UK)

Rick Hood (Senior Lecturer, Kingston University, UK)

Chaitali Das (Research Co-ordinator, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany)

Jenny Tonsing (Lecturer, Appalachian State University, USA)

Zamri Hassan (Senior Lecturer, University of Malaysia, Sarawak, Malaysia)



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