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Madhumita Pandey

Dr. Madhumita Pandey PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), FHEA

Lecturer in Criminology


Madhumita joined Sheffield Hallam University in June 2018 as a Lecturer in Criminology. Prior to this, she was working as an Associate Lecturer in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University. Her doctoral research explored gender socialization and perceptions of culpability in the narratives of convicted violent offenders from Delhi prison. This groundbreaking research was one of the first studies of its kind in India to examine perspectives of convicted rapists and garnered much attention internationally. She is currently engaged in teaching, research and scholarly publications in the field of Criminology.

PhD Criminology – Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

MSc Clinical Psychology – Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom

BA(Hons) Psychology – University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

PGCertHE – Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University (ongoing)


Department Of Law and Criminology

Madhumita is teaching on undergraduate modules within the Department of Law and Criminology.


Madhumita’s broad area of interest is qualitative research on violence against women. Further specialisms lie in sexual violence and sexual offending. She is currently involved in Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice’s project on gender-based violence with a focus on trafficking, modern slavery and human rights in India. For more information on this project, please visit the IMPROVING ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN & GIRLS IN INDIA blog.


Pandey, M. (2016). Sex Slavery in India: Unpacking the Stories of Trafficking Victims. Sociology Study, 6 (10), 629-638.

Conference papers

Pandey, M. (2020). Gauravi: a case study of India’s first one stop centre for survivors of gender-based violence. In International Conference on Victim Assistance, Virtual, 30 October 2020 - 2020 (pp. 7). Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies

Pandey, M., Lundrigan, S., & Moore, C. (2019). "Inmate” versus “Offender”: exploring post-conviction narratives of rapists from Delhi prison [abstract only]. In Criminology in the New Era: Confronting Injustice and Inequalities, San Francisco, USA, 13 November 2019 - 16 November 2019 (pp. 233). American Society of Criminology:

Pandey, M. (2017). Understanding gender socialization: interviews with convicted prisoners from New Delhi. In British Society of Criminology Conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 4 July 2017 - 7 July 2017 (pp. 23). British Society of Criminology:

Pandey, M. (2016). Sex slavery in India: exploring narratives of trafficked women through the victimological paradigm. In World Congress of Criminology, Haryana, India, 2016 - 2016 (pp. 10). International Society of Criminology

Pandey, M., Lundrigan, S., & Moore, C. (2016). Excuses, Justifications and Blame in the Offence Narratives of Convicted Rapists in India [abstract only]. In Annual Conference of American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, USA, 16 November 2016 - 19 November 2016. American Society of Criminology:

Pandey, M. (2016). Understanding Masculinity Ideology in Convicted Rapists. In International Symposium on Education, Psychology and Society, Kyoto, Japan, 29 March 2016 - 2016. Higher Education Forum

Book chapters

Pandey, M. (2023). Exploring Rape as a Gender-Based Crime. In Ali, P., & Rogers, M.M. (Eds.) Gender-Based Violence: A Comprehensive Guide. (pp. 181-194). Springer Nature Switzerland: Springer:


Pandey, M. (2021). Submissions to the UN SRVAW Thematic Report on Rape as a grave and systematic Human Rights Violation and Gender-based Violence Against Women. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Pandey, M. (2021). Executive Report: An Examination of the One Stop Centre – Gauravi in Bhopal. Sheffield Hallam University.

Pandey, M., Grace, J., Magill, S., Tatton, S., Chaggar, A., & Lester, A. (2021). Home Office Call for Evidence on Violence Against Women and Girls - Recommendations from the Helena Kennedy Centre. Helena Kennedy Centre ffor International Justice.

Pandey, M., & Cius De-Hoog, F. (2019). Recommendations to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Internet Publications

Pandey, M., & Pande, P. (2022). Transforming the climate crisis into opportunity: A step towards gender equality.

Pandey, M. (2021). Set up to shelter abused women, one stop centres are not fully functional.

Pandey, M. (2019). Whom do we blame? [Magazine Story].

Other activities

Madhumita worked as a consultant psychologist on the highly acclaimed BBC documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, based on the brutal 2012 Delhi gang rape case. She also writes articles on a wide range of pressing psychological and criminology issues for The Sunday Guardian newspaper (in print and online).

Madhumita has also given various guest lectures. She was invited to the Indian National Police Academy in Hyderabad to deliver a session on her research with convicted rapists to senior police officers as a part of a 5-day special training on crimes against women (2018).

She delivered a guest lecture on the lack of research on sex offenders in India to the Department of Anthropology at University of Delhi (2017). She presented a session on sex trafficking in India to the post-graduate students of MA Organized Crime at Anglia Ruskin University (2015). She was invited to conduct a two-day seminar on “Internet Addiction: A new emerging clinical disorder? At Vignan International School and University Hyderabad, India (2015).


Madhumita’s article for The Conversation garnered over 197,000 reads and was republished by Yahoo UK news, The Wire, International Business Times, Business Standard, World News, The Quartz and CNN News 18. This can be found at
Madhumita was invited by France24 international news channel to discuss her research on their show called 51percent, which is a programme about women who are reshaping the world. 

Watch her interview at

Madhumita has been frequently invited to talk about her research on the radio with the BBC World Service, BBC Asia Network, KCBS San Francisco and WNYC Radio- New York.

Madhumita’s work has been widely published by international media. Her various interviews and research coverage can be found below–

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Courrier Magazine Japan:

Slate Magazine France:

UOL Brazil:

AZMINE Brazil:

EXAME Magazine, Brazil:

De Morgan (Flemmish Newspaper, Belgium)

De Volkskrant (Dutch Daily Newspaper)

OPZIJ (Dutch feminist monthly magazine)


The Hindustan Times:

Times Now:

Zee News:

First Post:


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