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Dr Christina Julios

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Dr Christina Julios is an Honorary Associate at The Open University. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Previously, Dr Julios was Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Ethnic Minority Foundation, and has guest lectured at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research interests include gender equality, Violence Against Women (VAW), sexual harassment, gender activism and social movements. She teaches a variety of Social Sciences undergraduate courses including Criminology and Sociology modules. True Honour Awards Nominee: Dr Julios academic research and educational work on ‘honour’-based violence was recognised with a Certificate at the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) True Honour Awards 2017. In particular, her book (2015) Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Killings in Britain, which maps out the UK's ‘honour’-based violence landscape and grassroots activism, was acknowledged. 


Julios, C. (2019) Female Genital Mutilation and Social Media. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Julios, C. (2015) Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Killings in Britain: Private Lives, Community Crimes and Public Policy Perspectives. Farnham: Ashgate.

Julios, C. (2008) Contemporary British Identity: English Language, Migrants and Public Discourse. Aldershot: Ashgate.


Chapters in Books / Articles

Julios, C. (forthcoming) ‘Addressing Cultural Traditions and “Honour”-based Violence within a Children and Young Person's Safeguarding Context’. In Keeling, J. and David Goosey, D. (eds.) Safeguarding Across the Lifespan. London: SAGE.

Julios, C. (2007) ‘Modern Feminism: Rainbow Sisterhood or A Middle-aged, Middle-class Whitewash?’ StopGap, Sep 14.

Sarda, K. and C. Julios (2005) ‘Not all Black and White’, Charity Times, May Issue, 48.

Julios, C. (2002) ‘Towards a European Language Policy’ in M. Farrell, S. Fella and M. Newman (eds.), European Integration in the Twenty First Century: Unity in Diversity. London: SAGE, 184-201.

Solesbury, W. and C. Julios (2001) Social Exclusion: Current Policy and Practice, Queen Mary Papers on Public Policy no. 1. London: Queen Mary University of London.

Julios, C. (1998) ‘Bilingualism and the New American Identity’ in A.J. Kershen (ed.), A Question of Identity. Aldershot, Ashgate, 271-93.

Julios, C. (1998) ‘Bilingualism and the New British Identity’ in Andrew Dobson and Jeffrey Stanyer (eds.), Contemporary Political Studies, vol. 1, 92-107.


Selected Conferences:

King’s College e-Symposium: Powerful Inscriptions and Inscriptions of Power: Female Bodies Contested, Invaded, Defended, and Owned, King’s College, University of London, (forthcoming 15 Oct-10 Dec). Speaker: Female Genital Mutilation and Social Media: Opportunities and Challenges.

British Sociological Association (BSA) Violence Against Women Study Group Webinar Series, 15 June 2020. Speaker: Female Genital Mutilation, 'Honour'-based Violence and Social Media Activism.

University of Suffolk, Growing Up Married-Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Coercive Control, 19 Oct 2019. Speaker: Exploring Arranged and Forced Marriages: Consent, Coercive Control and ‘Honour’ Violence.

BSA Annual Conference ‘Challenging Social Hierarchies and Inequalities’, 24–26 April 2019, Glasgow Caledonian University. Speaker: ‘Female Genital Mutilation and the Intersections of Patriarchal Cultures, Gender Inequality and Religion: Views from the Frontline’.

Fourth Biennial ‘Talking Bodies’ Conference, 10-13 April 2019, University of Chester, Institute of Gender Studies. Speaker: ‘Cutting the Body? Debating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Sexual Identity and Gender Activism’.

BSA Violence Against Women Study Group 'What works in tackling violence against women and girls' Day Event, 1 June 2018, University of Derby. Speaker: 'Exploring Online Anti-FGM Activism: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies for Best Practice'.

BSA ‘Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting’ Annual Conference, 8 Apr 2016, Aston University, Birmingham. Speaker: ‘A Constructivist Approach to Criminalising Forced Marriage in Britain: Divided Communities, ‘Honour’-based Violence and Women’s Rights’. 

BSA Violence Against Women Study Group ‘Learning About Violence Against Women and Girls’ Day Event, 3 Jun 2016, University of Gloucestershire. Speaker: ‘Interrogating the Prevailing Public Policy Discourse on Arranged Marriage as a Legitimate Cultural Tradition involving Free Consent’.

UN Women, National Committee UK Event, 11 Jul 2015, London. Speaker: ‘Ending Violence Against Women – Stopping Honour Killings’.


Selected Media:

TV interview: ‘FGM, social media and ‘honour’ killings, Faculti TV, 21 October 2019:

TV Interview: ‘Forced into a Marriage: From England to Pakistan’, International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) TV Channel’, 9 March 2019: (segments 03:16-04:40 mins and 12:31-13:58 mins).

Radio interview: 'Marriage: By Force', Drivetime Show, Voice of Islam Radio: (16:00-17:00 hrs GMT), 8 June 2018. Interview podcast: (segment 25:07-33:45 mins).

TV interview: ‘Women’s March’, International Journalism MA project with Margherita Cargasacchi, City University:, 10 Mar 2017.

TV interview: 'The Day I Should Have Died', Episode 9, Peninsula Television: on CBS Reality (22:00 hrs GMT) on Sky Channel 146 and Virgin 148, 26 Nov 2016.

TV interview: ‘The Debate: Period Leave, SKY News with Colin Brazier:, London, 20 May 2016.

TV interview: ‘Her Majesty's Inspectorare of Constabulary (HMIC)’s Honour-based Violence Report’, SKY News with Dermot Murnaghan:, London, 8 Dec 2015.

TV interview: ‘Women’s Voice’, Press TV:, London, 28 Jan 2008.

Radio interview: ‘The Punjabi Talkshow’, Panjab Radio (Sky Digital 880), London, 23 Feb 2006.