Joana is currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge working on a project with colleagues at the University of Glasgow investigating the psychosocial wellbeing and personal welfare of women workers in organisations offering therapeutic, advocacy, support and/or practical support to socially isolated and economically marginalised women and girls.
She holds an M.Phil. in Criminological Research and a Ph.D. in Criminology, with a comparative study on Intimate Partner Violence Victims’ Perceptions and Experiences of Criminal Justice Interventions in England and Portugal. She is also a trained victim support officer.
Joana’s research interests revolve mainly around violence against women, intimate partner abuse, and understandings of justice.
Alongside her role at the University of Cambridge, Joana also works as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Abuse Research (CARe) at the University of Suffolk.