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Dr Susan Roberts

Senior Lecturer, Criminology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513352

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Susan Roberts has worked at Swansea University since 1993. Her research – and much of her teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level – has focused on sexual offending for some years now. She has a particular interest in the impact of sexual violence; the intergenerational transmission of abuse; female sexual offending; and harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).

She holds a PhD in Criminology: ‘Experiencing sexual victimisation in childhood: Meaning and impact – the perspectives of child sexual abusers’, an MPhil in Social Policy: ‘“Different and unequal”: The experiences of families with children with learning disabilities’, a BSc in Social Anthropology and a Diploma in Social Studies.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Sexual violence
  • Child sexual abuse

Career Highlights


New Pathways

She has most recently been engaged in research with a third sector organisation (New Pathways), exploring ‘what works’ in therapeutic intervention with adult survivors of rape and/or child sexual abuse. The research was funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. The views of survivors of sexual violence on their experiences of counselling were sought, along with their views on how counsellors should be trained. The research findings will inform the content and delivery of a new Diploma in Counselling for Trauma.

Roberts, S. (2019). Learning from Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence and their Experiences of Counselling. A Report to Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. Swansea University.

Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse

Susan is currently involved in funded research with the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse. There, the focus is on: ‘Uncovering the scale of child sexual abuse in social care records’.


Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Susan spent a good deal of time engaging with staff at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (in particular, the Specialist Nurse for Safeguarding Children & Young People). Together, they looked at the problem of child sexual exploitation and how they might raise awareness/understanding of that and deter perpetrators.

Stop It Now! Wales and South Wales Police

Susan engages with organisations such as Stop It Now! Wales and South Wales Police. These organisations work with sexual offenders and victims of sexual violence. The collaboration is of benefit in terms of developing knowledge through ongoing contact with those in the field and identifying future possibilities for research.

Susan’s most recent research collaborations involve the organisations New Pathways and the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse.

Hughes-Jones, L. & Roberts, S. (2015). Closing the Gap: Confronting the Problem of Hotels as Venues for Child Sexual Exploitation. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. doi: 10.1111/hojo.12130.