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Dr Christina Julios

Honorary Research Fellow

BA (Hons) Politics (Queen Mary, University of London)

MSc Public Policy Research (QMUL)
PhD Public Policy (QMUL)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) (Birkbeck, University of London)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Contact details

Department of Geography 
School of Social Science, History and Philosophy
Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HX

Twitter: @christinajulios

Academic Background

  • Dr Christina Julios is an Honorary Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck. She teaches a variety of undergraduate Social Sciences courses including BSc Community Development and Public Policy as well as Higher Education Introductory Studies (HEIS). Christina is also an Honorary Associate at The Open University, a Tutor at The City Literary Institute (City Lit) and has taught at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). Previously, she was Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF). Christina has worked in the Voluntary Sector for over a decade in a variety of public policy, research and campaigning-related posts covering a wide range of social policy, gender equality and diversity issues.

Research Interests

  • Christina's research interests include:
    • Gender Equality
    • ‘Honour’-based violence (HBV)
    • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    • Violence Against Women (VAW)
    • Gender Activism and Social Movements

Current Research Project

  • Book project: Routledge/Taylor Francis (2017-18) on the topic of FGM, Social Media and Online Activism: The research being undertaken for this book explores the phenomenon of FGM through a virtual prism, framing FGM as a harmful cultural practice and a Human Rights violation. The volume is underpinned by a feminist perspective critical of patriarchal cultures advocating FGM, its 'medicalisation' and wider online manifestations such as cyber-misogyny. The volume draws from social movement theory and virtual ethnography literature in order to examine current trends in gender activism as well as the challenges inherent in conducting research in cyberspace. Fieldwork for the volume includes twenty interviews with anti-FGM activists and practitioners working to eradicate FGM both in the UK and abroad.



  • Radio interview: 'Marriage By Force', Drivetime Show, Voice of Islam Radio ( (16:00-17:00 hrs GMT), 8 June 2018. Interview podcast: (segment 25:07-33:45 mins).
  • TV interview: 'Women's March', International Journalism MA project with Margherita Cargasacchi, City University (, 10 March 2017.
  • TV interview: 'The Day I Should Have Died', Episode 9, Peninsula Television ( on CBS Reality (22.00hrs GMT) on Sky Channel 146 and Virgin 148, 25 November 2016.
  • TV interview: 'The Debate: Period Leave', SKY News with Colin Brazier (, 20 May 2016.
  • Press interview: Perlman, E., 'UK Company to introduce Menstrual Leave 'Period Policy', Newsweek, 3 February 2016.
  • TV interview: 'HMIC's HBV Report', SKY News with Dermot Murnaghan (, 8 December 2015.
  • TV interview: 'Women's Voice', Press TV (, 28 January 2008.
  • Radio interview: 'The Paravaric Punjabi Programme', Panjab Radio (Sky Digital 880), 23 April 2006.
  • Radio interview: 'The Punjabi Talkshow', Panjab Radio (Sky Digital 880), 23 February 2006


  • True Honour Awards 2017 nominee: Christina was nominated for the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation's (IKWRO) True Honour Awards 2017, which celebrates inspirational individuals and groups who take a stand against 'honour'-based violence. Christina was awarded a Certificate in recognition of her research and educational work on 'honour'-based violence.

Professional Membership

  • British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • BSA Violence Against Women (VAW) Study Group
  • Feminist and Women Studies Association (FWSA)