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Institute of Criminology



Jenni's research is set within the situational action theory (SAT) framework, and her PhD focused particularly on the underlying role of morality in the perpetration of intimate partner violence.


    • PhD, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (2013 - 2017)
      Supervisor: Professor Per-Olof Wikström
      Funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship
    • MSc. Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey (2007-2008)
    • BSc. (Hons) Psychology, University of Surrey (2003-2007)



Jenni has previously carried out both quantitative and qualitative prison based research into the offence supportive beliefs of male perpetrators of gun violence. Jenni spent her professional placement year as partial fulfilment of her undergraduate degree working with the Psychology Department in a "Category A" male UK prison; after completing her MSc degree in Forensic Psychology, she worked for the National Probation Service in a seconded post within a female prison, which included a special focus on working with aggressive and violent offenders. From 2009-2013 Jenni worked as a research assistant for the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+), and led the research team for Sweep 7 (2012). PADS+ is a longitudinal study designed to test Professor Wikström's situational action theory.



  • Theories of crime and violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Morality and crime
  • Analytical criminology
Research Associate
Dr Jenni  Barton-Crosby

Contact Details

(01223) 767177