Dr Ioanna Gouseti

Dr Ioanna Gouseti

Course Tutor

Department of Sociology

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About me


I joined the LSE Department of Sociology as Course Tutor in 2016, after completing a PhD in Social Research Methods at the LSE Department of Methodology. My background is in Sociology (BA) and Criminology (MA). My research interests lie at the intersection of criminology, research methodology, and sociology. I conduct interdisciplinary research on public attitudes to crime and justice, and experiences of victimization and alternative forms of justice.

I’m particularly interested in the impact of different types of crime information and different modes of crime information processing on lay reactions to crime and justice. The aim of this research is to help develop evidence-based strategies for the public communication of the crime-risk, which inform people about crime without damaging individual and collective well-being. More generally, I’m interested in sexual harassment and structural gendered violence, cultural criminology, and attitudes to and experiences of justice. I adopt an integrated methodological approach to the empirical exploration of these topics, drawing on survey methodology, experiments, and mixed methods.

My research has been funded by the: A.G. Leventis Foundation, LSE fund for ongoing doctoral students, Cabinet Office, LSE Centre for Economic Performance, Bucks New University. I’ve been involved in collaborative research with research centres, such as the LSE Mannheim Centre for Criminology, and public bodies, such as UNISON.

Along with my research, I am committed to teaching. I have taught in many academic contexts, including the LSE, City University, the University of Cape Town, Royal Holloway, and the University of Athens. At the LSE Department of Sociology, I’ve been convening criminology and social research methods courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I’m the recipient of teaching awards and funding, such as the LSE Teaching Excellence Award and the LSE Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant.

You can find out more about my research here.


Selected Publications

Gouseti, I. (2018). Worry about victimization, crime information processing and social categorization biases. Legal and Criminological Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12130

Gouseti, I. (2018). “A construal-level approach to the fear of crime.” In: Lee, M. & Mythen, G. (eds.). International Handbook of Fear of Crime, Routledge.

Brown, J., Gouseti, I., and Fife-Schaw, C. (2017). “Sexual harassment experienced by police staff serving in England, Wales and Scotland: A descriptive exploration of prevalence and antecedents.” The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles.

Gouseti, I. & Jackson, J. (2016). Psychological Distance and the Fear of Crime. In Chadee, D. Psychology of Fear, Crime and the Media. International Perspectives. Routledge.

Jackson, J. & Gouseti, I. (2015). “Threatened by Violence: Affective and Cognitive Reactions to Violent Victimization.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, doi: 10.1177/0886260515584336            

Jackson, J., & Gouseti, I. (2015). Psychological proximity and the construal of crime: A commentary on ‘Mapping fear of crime as a context-dependent everyday experience that varies in space and time’. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 20(2), 212-214.

Worth, P., Smith, M., Gavrielides, T., Ntziadima, A., & Gouseti, I. (2015). The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Creating the Inner and Outer space for change. An inter-disciplinary observation of restorative justice meetings. In Gavrielides, T. The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.          

Expertise Details

Criminology; Social Research Methods; Attitudes to Crime and Justice; Gender and Crime; Well-being