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Professor Fiona Macaulay,
Professor, Gender, Peace & Development

Information about Professor Fiona Macaulay at the University of Bradford.

School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Mgmt, Law & Social Sciences)
+44 1274 235598
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My undergraduate degree was in Modern Languages (French and German) at the University of Oxford. I subsequently read Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts on a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholarship, and that got me interested in the US-sponsored civil wars in Central America. I travelled to Nicaragua and spend a year teaching English at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in León. I got involved in campaigning on human rights issues in the region, and worked for a student-based social justice organization, Third World First (now People and Planet). I returned to the University of Oxford to do an MPhil in Latin American Studies and a doctorate in politics, focussed on the relationship between women's representation, political parties, women's movements and public policy in Brazil and Chile. I then joined the International Secretariat of Amnesty International as their Brazil researcher. That led me to a deeper interest in the criminal justice system, as well as human rights, in particular prison conditions. From 2000-2005 I had a joint appointment: at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, lecturing on gender and development in Latin America, and at the Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford, as researcher and coordinator of the the human rights programme there, supported by the Ford Foundation. I joined the University of Bradford Peace Studies department in 2005.


I have published over 50 research articles, book chapters, knowledge transfer reports, (including in Spanish and Portuguese) and two books, covering my research interests on gender, development, political parties and processes, violence, human rights and criminal justice organisations. With a background in area studies - Latin America -- my research has always been interdisciplinary, encompassing political institutions and political sociology, with strong intersections with criminology, law and public policy. My expertise is especially centred on Brazil. One strand of my research examines the institutional processes that drive or impede reform in the security sector (police and prisons) and in the criminal justice system. These may include social factors, such as civil society pressure, political and policy pressure (legal change), internal bureaucratic logics as well as external factors such as the influence of bilateral or multilateral assistance. My interest in the values and practices of criminal justice systems in the region dates back to my work as Brazil researcher for Amnesty International. I have secured funding over the years from a variety of sources (foundations, research councils, the British government and corporations). I have written on police and prison reform in the region, identifying wider patterns and dynamics, as well as engaging in country-level analyses, both of good practice (for example, the Resocialization Centres in São Paulo) and of the many entrenched, structural problems besetting the Brazilian prison system. I have provided several expert witness reports on prison conditions in Brazil in extradition cases. I have current research on the intersection of the security sector with the politics of representation and policy-making, supported by a grant from the British Academy/Leverhulme. With my research colleague Frederico de Almeida of UNICAMP, I am analysing the migration of security actors (mainly police) into politics, a phenomenon I had noticed and documented for some years. The number of police officers entering elected office quadrupled in the October election that brought former army officer, Jair Bolsonaro, to the presidency. These actors often constitute themselves as a public security cross-party caucus (bancada da bala) in legislative spaces This issue has much wider relevance beyond Brazil for theories of democratic decay, the emergence and spread of far-right nationalist-populism, civilian-military alliances outside of strictly ‘military’ regimes, military/police ‘developmentalism’ and democratic separation of powers. Another strand of my work focuses on gender. I have researched a number of interlinked areas, with a common thread of examining how women’s groups influence policy making (at a macro and micro level), both within the conduit of political representation, and outside of it. One of the policy areas I have analysed over the years is responses to domestic violence, and the interplay of domestic and international forces on how local institutions begin to change their practices. My most recent book analyses how Brazilian society and criminal justice agencies have been developing effective policies and practices to tackle the problem of feminicide. My feminicide research demonstrates how I often work at the intersection of security sector reform and gender-based violence, and pay attention to practitioner voices. I have also been able to transfer pedagogical methods that I developed with my students at Bradford to develop a training programme with the Brazilian police. In 2020 I wrote a 120 page training manual on gender-based violence for use by Brazilian police instructors to use in police academies. It is produced and distributed by the Brazilian Forum on Public Security (FBSP), a research, policy and advocacy network with which I work closely (it brings togethers policymakers, researchers and security sector actors, mainly police). This project was funded, at various stages, by the Avon Foundation, the British Embassy and Uber. Please check out my profiles on and researchgate for a full listing of my publications


Details on teaching interests, highlights and modules are available for Professor Fiona Macaulay as follows:

Teaching interests

I currently lead the modules Gender, Conflict and Development and Environment, Trafficking and Crime, and contribute to the modules Sustainable Cities, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, and International Perspectives on Crime, exploring critical approaches to development, and the policy impacts of the security-development nexus. In these I have been able to draw on my research on urban violence, criminal justice institutions, and transnational influences on policy. I also devised and have led since 2008 Gender Labs, an immersive, applied learning experience that must be undertaken by all new PSID students, which gives our students an essential grounding in a key concept for professional practice and academic research.Before coming to the University of Bradford, I taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Oxford, and London. I have lectured across the disciplines of human geography, development, Latin American studies, sociology, political science and development. I have taught at all levels, from first year undergraduate to Masters to doctoral students. I have supervised approximately 70 final year undergraduate dissertations, around 90 Masters dissertations and have successfully seen to completion 13 doctorates, including 3 in co-supervision arrangements with other institutions.I welcome applications from new doctoral students in the areas of: Latin America, especially Brazil, politics, political parties, police and policing, prisons and punishment, criminal justice policy, security sector reform, gender, violence reduction, and human rights. I am fluent in Portuguese and also welcome co-supervision of Brazilian research students and bolsa sanduiche.

Teaching highlights

I love teaching and students seem to enjoy my classes. In 2016 I was made a Bradford Teaching Fellow for my teaching excellence, and in 2020 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). I particularly like to use immersive approaches to learning, as well as creative methods such as Lego and Forum Theatre! I also take an applied approach to teaching and learning, for example, building students' competencies through the assessment formats, bringing in practitioners and setting real-life learning tasks. I have used this approach in the Gender Labs that I run, and also in Knowledge Transfer programmes, for instance designing training programmes for the Brazilian police on gender-based violence.I have acted as external doctoral examiner at King’s College, Queen Mary, and University College London, LSE, SOAS, the universities of Aberystwyth, East Anglia, Leeds, Amsterdam, Sussex (Institute of Development Studies) and the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. I have served as external examiner for Masters programmes in development, Latin America and gender studies at the universities of East Anglia and Newcastle and I am currently external examiner at the department of international development at King’s College London, and in the Latin American studies programme at the University of Oxford.

Teaching modules

Information about programme modules taught by Professor Fiona Macaulay.
Title Subject Module code Year
Environment, Trafficking and Crime: Transnational Issues and International Governance

Professional activities

Information about education, employment and areas of particular interest for Professor Fiona Macaulay is as follows:


  • Various UK law firms - Expert witness reports in cases of requested extradition to Brazil


  • University of Oxford - D.Phil
  • University of Oxford - M.Phil
  • University of Oxford - BA (Hons)


There are 26 publications involving or that are attributed to Professor Fiona Macaulay. They are listed as:

  • book (2)
  • book chapter (13)
  • edited book (1)
  • manual (2)
  • peer reviewed journal (8)


Professor Fiona Macaulay has 2 publication(s) listed under book.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Transforming State Responses to Feminicide: Women’s Movements, Law and Criminal Justice Institutions in Brazil 2020 one Fiona Macaulay 9781800715684 Emerald Press
Gender politics in Brazil and Chile: The role of political parties in local and national policy-making. 2009 Macaulay, Fiona

Book Chapter

Professor Fiona Macaulay has 13 publication(s) listed under book chapter.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Human rights in context: Brazil 2010 Human Rights Regimes in the Americas Human Rights Regimes in the Americas Macaulay, Fiona Mónica Serrano, Vesselin Popovski and Nicholas Turner 10: 9280811762 United Nations University Press
Peace education: A challenge to the traditional methods of teaching and to the reach of disciplines 2010 Themes in Transdisciplinary Research Themes in Transdisciplinary Research Macaulay, Fiona Sérgio Danilo Junho Pena and Heather Jean Blakemore 9788570418432 Federal University of Minas Gerais
Federalism and the state criminal justice systems 2011 Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability Macaulay, Fiona Timothy J. Power and Matthew M. Taylor 9780268038946 Notre Dame University Press
Competition and Collusion among Criminal Justice and Non-State Actors in Brazil’s Prison System 2021 Carceral Communities in Latin America: Troubling Prison Worlds in the 21st Century Carceral Communities in Latin America: Troubling Prison Worlds in the 21st Century Fiona Macaulay Sacha Darke, Chris Garces, Luis Duno-Gottberg & Andrés Antillano ISBN 978-3-030-61498-0 Palgrave Macmillan 10.1007/978-3-030-61499-7
‘Whose prisoners are these anyway?’ Church, state and society partnerships and co-production of offender ‘resocialisation’ in Brazil 2015 Transnational Penal Cultures: New Perspectives on Discipline, Punishment and Desistance Transnational Penal Cultures: New Perspectives on Discipline, Punishment and Desistance 202 - 216 Macaulay, Fiona Vivien Miller and James Campbell 9780415741316. Routledge
Bancada da Bala: the growing influence of the security sector in Brazilian politics 2019 In Spite of You: Bolsonaro and the New Brazilian Resistance In Spite of You: Bolsonaro and the New Brazilian Resistance 56 - 70 Macaulay, Fiona Conor Foley 9781682192108 OR Books 10.2307/j.ctvmd82x7
Trickling up, down, and sideways: gender policy and political opportunity in Brazil 2010 Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship 273 - 288 Macaulay, Fiona Nathalie Lebon and Elizabeth Maier 9780813547282 Rutgers University Press
Prisoner capture: welfare, lawfare and warfare in Latin America’s overcrowded prisons 2019 Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America 243 - 258 Macaulay, Fiona Rachel Sieder, Karina Ansolabehere, Tatiana A. Alfonso Sierra 9781138184459 Taylor and Francis 10.4324/9781315645193-16
Non governmental organisations and the rule of law: The experience of Latin America 2018 The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on the Rule of Law The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on the Rule of Law 257 - 270 Macaulay, Fiona Christopher May and Adam Winchester 9781786432438 Edward Elgar
Dilma Rousseff (2011 - 2016): A crisis of governance and consensus in Brazil 2017 Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies 123 - 140 Macaulay, Fiona Verónica Montecinos 978-1-137-48239-6 Palgrave
The Impact of Domestic Politics on Brazil’s Foreign Policy on Human Rights 2014 Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: Brazil Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: Brazil 77 - 88 Macaulay, Fiona Amnesty International
Cycles of Police Reform in Latin America 2012 Policing in Africa Policing in Africa 165 - 190 Macaulay, Fiona David J. Francis 978-1-137-01058-2 Palgrave Macmillan 10.1057/9781137010582
Private conflicts, public powers: Domestic violence in the courts in Latin America. 2005 The Judicialization of Politics in Latin America The Judicialization of Politics in Latin America 211 - 230 Macaulay, Fiona Alan Angell, Rachel Sieder and Line Schjolden 9780230619692 Palgrave/Institute of Latin American Studies 10.1007/978-1-137-10887-6

Edited Book

Professor Fiona Macaulay has 1 publication(s) listed under edited book.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Can't Pay, Won't Pay: Debt, Underdevelopment and Resistance 1990 1 Macaulay, Fiona and Taylor, Chris Macaulay, Fiona and Taylor, Chris Third World First


Professor Fiona Macaulay has 2 publication(s) listed under manual.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Safer Cities for Girls: Training Module for Police 2020 Fiona Macaulay, Fátima Alíende, Daniel Molina, Iris Tello Anja Stuckert Plan International
Princípios e práticas de formação de policiais para o atendimento às mulheres em situação de violência (Principles and practices for training police in dealing with violence against women) 2020 Fiona Macaulay and Juliana Martins Brazilian Forum on Public Safety

Peer Reviewed Journal

Professor Fiona Macaulay has 8 publication(s) listed under peer reviewed journal.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Justice-Sector and Human Rights Reform under the Cardoso Government. 2007 Latin American Perspectives 34 26 - 42 Macaulay, Fiona
Brazil’s Maria da Penha domestic violence police patrols: A second-response innovation in preventing re-victimization 2021 Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice online first Macaulay, Fiona ISSN: 10439862 Sage 10.1177/10439862211038439
Knowledge production, framing and criminal justice reform in Latin America 2007 Journal of Latin American Studies 39 627 - 651 Macaulay, Fiona 0022-216X 10.1017/S0022216X07002866
Deepening the federative pact? The Dilma government's approach to crime, justice and policing 2012 Critical Sociology 38 823 - 834 Macaulay Fiona 0896-9205 10.1177/0896920512440583
Modes of prison administration, control and governmentality in Latin America: Adoption, adaptation and hybridity 2013 Conflict, Security and Development 13 361 - 392 Macaulay Fiona 1467-8802 10.1080/14678802.2013.834114
Presidents, producers and politics: law-and-order policy in Brazil from Cardoso to Dilma 2017 Policy Studies 38 248 - 261 Macaulay, Fiona ISSN: 0144-2872
The policy challenges of informal prisoner governance 2017 Prison Service Journal 229 51 - 56 Macaulay, Fiona ISSN 0300-3558
Heart, head, and hands: Intercultural, experiential and applied gender learning in a peace studies department 2016 PS: POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS 49 566 - 570 Macaulay, Fiona 10.1017/S1049096516001001