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.