Dr Bev Orton

Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology/ Academic Contact for Collaborative Provision

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Education and Social Sciences


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Dr Bev Orton's interests include apartheid in South Africa, women's contribution to the political struggle, restorative justice and mothers, and the decriminalising of sex workers in South Africa.

She lectures on undergraduate programmes at the University and in Hong Kong. She also lectures at postgraduate level and supervises PhDs.

Dr Orton is interested in using theatre, film and photography in her research. This encouraged her to develop the Visual Sociology module.

She has made films with women's groups, such as women's refuges in Cambridge and Norfolk, and has also made films and worked in the television industry in South Africa.


Research Interests

  • Apartheid in South Africa

  • Women's contribution to the political struggle

  • Restorative justice and mothers

  • The decriminalising of sex workers in South Africa

Research groups

  • Working with Goldsmiths, as a consultant, and the University of Cape Town on the decriminalising of sex workers in South Africa, as part of the five year Collective Fund grant of the Research Councils UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

  • Received a British Academy Grant for a project on mothers and restorative justice

  • Writing a book on women and apartheid in South Africa

  • Developing a research grant working with male and female prisoners in South Africa

  • Member of the Yorkshire African Studies Network


Dey A and Orton B, 'Gender and Caste Intersectionality in India', and Orton B, 'Gender security/sexuality in South Africa: "I am HIV-positive. How could you do this to me?"', in Sharminder T (ed), Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on being a Woman, London: Emerald Publishing (2016)

Orton B, 'Corrective Rapes: Rape Narratives in South Africa', in Karatogianni A (ed), Violence and War in the Media: Five Disciplinary Lenses, Routledge Media, War and Security Series, London and New York: Routledge (2012)

Full list


Programmes taught on

Modules list


  • Criminological Theory

  • Visual Sociology

  • Understanding the Other

  • Evil

  • Criminal Justice Process

  • Punishment and Society

  • Problem of Youth

  • Contemporary Perspectives of Crime and Deviance

  • Figuring Out Crime

  • Ethics

  • Equality and Diversity

  • South Africa: Women and Apartheid

  • South Africa: Women, Theatre and Apartheid

  • Dangerousness

  • Collecting Social Data

  • Sociological Theory


  • Restorative Justice:

  • International Perspectives

  • Research

  • Dissertation

Research PhDs

Dr Orton welcomes applications for supervision in her areas of interest including South Africa, gender, restorative justice and sexuality.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA

  • BA (Hons)

  • PGDip Art and Design

  • Fd Drama Psychotherapy

  • MEd Research

  • PhD

External roles

  • Academic contact for Collaborative Provision

  • Consultant for Goldsmiths on the Research Councils UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Collective Fund grant