Dr Miranda Horvath joined Middlesex University in 2010. She was previously a Lecuturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Surrey and prior to that a Research Fellow in the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.
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Conferences and Training
I recently co-organised Forensic Psychological Services inaugural one day conference on Sexual Violence, held on the 8th September 2011 at Middlesex Univeristy. Further information can be found at http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/Schools/hssc/psychology/fps/svconference.aspx
In 2012 Dr Jackie Gray, Dr Susan Hansen and I will be gave 3 workshops commissioned by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre as part of the Division of Forensic Psychology Continuing Professional Development Workshop Series. The first "'The Psychology of Sexual Violence' took place on May 15th in London; the second 'Preventing Sexual Violence' will take place in September 13th in London; the third "Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence" which took place on the 3rd October in Glasgow . We delivered another workshop on 'Preventing Sexual Violence' on Tuesday 21st May 2013.
My research focuses on sexual violence from an applied social psychological perspective. My work is informed by a variety of social psychological constructs such as; script theory, sex roles, group processes and negotiative space alongside feminist theory. I also maintain a focus on the broader cultural context in which sexual violence occurs. I have three main strands of research currently: Multiple Perpetrator Rape; the links between men's use of lads mags, their attitudes towards women and paying for sex; the investigation and prosecution of rape.
This paper was re-printed in: Kimmel, M. & Aronson, A. (2013). The Gendered Society Reader. Oxford University Press. ISBN13: 9780199927494
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SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Aggression which is published in association with the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) by Routledge. I recently commissioned and edited three debate papers titled: "Two steps forward and two steps back: Rape investigation and prosecution in the wake of the Stern Review" which are available online now at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjsa20/17/3 The three papers featured have been authored by Dr Jan Jordan (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Dr Kate Cook (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and Professor Jennifer Brown (London School of Economics, UK). The papers debate the state of rape investigation and prosecution in England and Wales in the aftermath of the Stern Review and provide numerous challenging and thought provoking insights.
I am on the editorial boad of Women's Studies International Forum which is is a bimonthly journal to aid the distribution and exchange of feminist research in the multidisciplinary, international area of women's studies and in feminist research in other disciplines. The policy of the journal is to establish a feminist forum for discussion and debate.
Research on Young People and Sexual Consent, London Metropolitan University Invited member of the advisory group. This research project is designed to inform the Office of the Childrenís Commissionerís Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG). The research seeks to understand how young people understand consent to sexual activity and how this shapes their expectations, choices and experiences.
Safe Choices Programme, The Childrenís Society and nia Invited member of the advisory group. The programme is a collaboration between the Children Society and nia to support young women leaving care and youth offenders'institutes. This project, funded by the Big Lottery: Youth in focus, will work in six London boroughs per year over a period of five years [2012-2016]. nia has also been awarded funding to deliver Safe Choices work in two North/East London boroughs under the Big Lottery: Reaching Communities programme for three years [2012-2015].