Dr Kelly Mackenzie LLB, PhD

Dr Kelly Mackenzie

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Kelly is a member of the Women, Crime and Justice Research Group (WCJR). She is currently working on Workstream 3 of the Effective Women's Centres Project. 

She has both an academic and practice-based background having supported victim-survivors in a domestic abuse service following the completion of her PhD.  Kelly is also a member of the organising committee for the  Violence Against Women and Girls Research Network (VAWGRN).


  • PhD Law (Southampton)
  • LLB (Southampton)


Current project

  • Workstream 3: Effective Women’s Centres Project.

Research Interests

Kelly’s research interests are primarily socio-legal and span both law and criminology. She has a sustained interest in the legal system and how our lived experiences are represented within this. Kelly’s PhD explored representations of women’s lived experiences of conflict-related sexual violence in the field of transitional justice.

Her personal research interests include sex and gender-based violence (particularly domestic abuse) and experiences of the criminal justice system.

Other activities

Kelly sits on the organising committee for the VAWGRN and works within the network’s Researcher Development team (including the VAWGRN Early Career Researcher Network and Special Interest Groups).


Mackenzie, K., Annison, H., Straub, C. & Condry, R., (2023) The value of liminal cases in developing a narrative victimology: The case of families of people serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection. Criminology & Criminal Justice (E-pub ahead of print), p. 1-19. 

Holdsworth, E., Mackenzie, K., Ruprai, D., Long, J., Pemberton, S., and Summers, R., (2023) Women’s Risk Needs Assessment Tool Probation Module v7 Technical Report:  Cognitive Interview Findings. University of Birmingham.

Mackenzie, K. (2021) ‘Power, control, and Covid-19: Challenges and opportunities in the midst of a global health crisis’ Howard League, ECAN Bulletin.

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