Dr Rebecca Shaw

Dr Rebecca Shaw


I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Law in October 2021, having completed my PhD in Law and Classics at the University of Bristol. This was an AHRC Funded project, via the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, and consisted of a legal-narratological study of the Augustan Marriage Legislation (18BC). 

Research interests

My research lies at the nexus of law and narrative, with particular research interests in the story scripts, dynamics and characterisations of socio-legal, historical and cultural narratives which frame and underpin legislation. Specifically, I focus on the power of legal storytelling, and how narrative theory can be used to examine and understand the development of master and counter narratives regarding both victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. 

Currently, I am principal investigator on an ESRC funded project, awarded by the Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre’s ECR Development Fund, which is investigating domestic abuse service providers and their stories. This project is dedicated to better understanding and contributing – ultimately – to changing the dominant narrative(s) around domestic abuse. I am also a Research Affiliate with the Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre. 

I am Stream Convenor for the Law, Literature and Humanities Stream of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

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  • PhD Law and Classics
  • Bachelors of Law (Hons)
  • MA (Hons) Classical Studies and Ancient History

Professional memberships

  • Fellowship of the HEA
  • British and Irish Association for Narrative Studies
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Student education

I teach a number of modules across the undergraduate LLB, including Criminal Law, Foundations of Law, Law and Society, Gender and the Law, and Evidence. I also supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and currently I am the Co-Module Lead for the LLB Long Dissertation Module. I am also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice
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