Dr Em Temple-Malt

Dr EM Temple-Malt

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Criminology

Postgraduate Course Leader for:


About me

I’ve been at Staffordshire University since August 2015

  • Member of the departmental ethics committee
  • Erasmus coordinator for the Sociology & Criminology programmes  
  • Love teaching research methods!

‘Evaluation of SURVIVE sexual violence service’ (December 2018-May 2019)
This study was undertaken on behalf of the Staffordshire Women’s Aid organisation who asked the research team to establish whether there continues to be a need for specialist service provision regarding sexual violence, specifically in the county of Staffordshire.
The proposed evaluation:
i) provided an overview of rates of sexual violence nationally and locally (across the county of Staffordshire) – to ascertain whether there is a need for specialist sexual violence support service provision in Staffordshire.
ii) carried out an evaluation of the sexual violence project Survive, which has been running for 9 years. The evaluation was used to support Staffordshire Women’s Aid funding application for national and local funding from statutory services. Additionally, the evaluation offers project managers of SURVIVE, an account of the strengths of the service and the extent to which service users’ needs are being met. It also produced a series of recommendations as to what support staff and service users’ perceive would improve the service.
A report (Temple-Malt 2019) ‘Evaluation of SURVIVE sexual violence service report’ was produced about this evaluation and disseminated to Staffordshire Women’s Aid.

Research Projects
Since 2016, Em has been undertaking collaborative research with colleagues from Staffordshire University that aims to better understand how to break the cycle of domestic abuse.

Transforming unhealthy relationships in young people (January 2019-May 2019)

This project has been designed to address the new Sex and Relationship Education legislation that will make it mandatory for primary and secondary schools to teach pupils about unhealthy friendships and intimate relationships as part of a broad strategy for reducing domestic abuse, by 2020. The purpose of the project is to design domestic abuse prevention education that dissuades young people from getting into or developing abusive practices in future relationships. We aim to evaluate whether embedding forum theatre creates more resilient and longer lasting messages that discourages people forming future unhealthy relationships. Our forum theatre pieces allow secondary school pupils to ‘actively’ try out strategies for dealing with abuse in intimate relationships and problem solve and experience in ‘real time’ the likely consequences of their suggested action. Fieldwork commenced in January 2019.

You can find out more about this study here.

Displaying (un)healthy Relational Practices Education Pilot Research Project (2018)

A collaborative partnership between Relationships without Fear practitioners (Arch, NorthStaffs) and an interdisciplinary team comprising Temple-Malt and Senior Lecturer in Drama Paul Christie was established during 2018. The aim of the partnership was to improve the effectiveness of the existing Relationships without Fear educational materials and develop a set of educational tools that could measure how effective this educational package is at modifying young people’s beliefs, values and morals around unhealthy relationships.

Domestic Abuse Forum Theatre and Discussion Event (2017)

A Domestic Abuse Forum Theatre and Discussion Dissemination Event was hosted at Staffordshire University in January 2017. Delegates (incl. professionals who work in domestic abuse services, members from the Safer City Partnership, academics and students from Staffordshire University) listened to a presentation on the study’s findings and commented on the feasibility of our recommendations. Next, audience members watched L6 Applied Theatre Students perform the play ‘On the Edge’ (Christie 2016). A piece of forum theatre informed by key findings from our report along with a perpetrator ‘case study’. The forum theatre piece was designed to encourage the audience to identify and offer suggestions for where productive and feasible changes might be made to the criminal justice system to support the rehabilitation of perpetrators of domestic abuse. Using forum theatre allowed the audience to visualise the potential impact that their suggested interventions could have on existing domestic abuse service provision.

Delegates also took part in a world café event designed to stimulate professional dialogue, recognise good practice and suggestions for where small, subtle changes can be made to the way professionals respond to domestic abuse, with the idea that in the long-term, it could act as part of a broader strategy to help reduce domestic abuse offending.

Exploring Healthy Relationship Education (2017)

Over the course of 2017, some provisional research in the form of a series of Healthy Relationship World Café events to explore the practical aspects of what healthy relationship education in schools might look like, who teens would listen to, and the ways this might contribute to a reduction in domestic abuse. Preliminary world café data indicates that the most effective way of getting teens to recognise and listen to messages about toxic and healthy relationships is giving them the opportunity to engage with visual performances about domestic abuse because it is visual, memorable and kinaesthetic – and the messages about avoiding toxic relationships are more likely to be memorable and enduring as strategies to recognise abuse and to seek help from agencies.

Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse reoffending (2016)

In 2016 Em TEMPLE-MALT and Sarah Page, along with undergraduate student research assistants from Sociology and Criminology at Staffordshire University, completed a qualitative study on behalf of the Safer City partnership, Stoke-on-Trent. The study was designed to explore improvements that could be made to domestic abuse service provision for perpetrators with the intention of reducing offending rates. The study included interviews with 12 professionals who work in domestic abuse services and 4 perpetrators who were engaged in rehabilitative programmes in Stoke.

A report (Page and Temple-Malt August 2016) outlining the study, key findings and recommendations was distributed to members of the Safer City Partnership in August 2016.

A report (Temple-Malt and Page 2018) Breaking the cycle of Domestic Abuse Reoffending: Research Summary for HMPPS was disseminated to NOMs.


  • PgCHPE: Staffordshire University, July 2017

  • PhD Sociology: ‘After the Act: Narratives of Display and the Significance of Civil Partnership'. submitted September-2014, University of Manchester, supervisors:
    Professor B Heaphy and Dr V May

  • MRes Sociology, University of Bath

  • BSc (Hons) Sociology, Bath Spa University.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member of the HEA
  • Co-director of Staffordshire Crime and Society Research Group with Sarah Page


Domestic Abuse Education prevention programmes and domestic abuse service provision

Implications of changing social attitudes towards sexual minorities in the UK over the past 30 years, and studying the impact that living in this current ‘era of equality’ has on non-heterosexuals’ everyday lives.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Available for consultation; training and review/evaluation of service provision

Research interests

RESEARCH METHODS! I am passionate about (and expert) in using most qualitative research methods. I love teaching students about research methods and the processes involved in how to competently design and undertake research projects!

  • Interactionist and social constructionist methodologies
  • Different types of interviews (e.g. focus groups, semi-structured and life-story/narrative interviews)
  • Elicitation techniques (e.g. photo-elicitation, sensory, music, timelines) as a way of eliciting richer stories and experiences of everyday lives
  • World café
  • Survey (questionnaire) design
  • CDA (critical discourse analysis)
  • Archival research

Transformation in societal attitudes towards sexual minorities in the UK and the uneven impact that living in this era of equality has had on the everyday relational lives of sexual minorities. Specifically, interested in the division of housework in same-sex couple’s relationships and representations of sexual minorities during the introduction and repeal of Section 28

Social historian with a keen interest in studying the stories that emerged from feminist and gay political debates of the 70s, 80s and 90s that centred on sexuality, gender and relational rights. Studying these debates is a useful way to understand the impact that inhabiting particular socio-cultural and historical climates has on people’s daily lives.

Theories of self and society and theories of the life course.

Selected publications


#1 Never Going Underground with Juliet Jacques, Em Temple-Malt and Louise Wallwein – listen to the podcast.


Page, S.J. and Temple-Malt (2018). ‘World café: a participatory research tool for the criminologist engaged in seeking world views for transformation: BSC

Temple-Malt, E., (2018). ‘Did you realise homosexual male (gay) relationships were only legalised 50 years ago?’ in Lynes, A., Treadwell, J., (eds). 50 Facts everyone should know about Crime and Punishment in Britain, The Truth behind the Myths. Bristol. Policy Press

Page, S., and Temple-Malt, E., (31st July 2018). ‘Healthy relationships education offers a real chance to reduce domestic violence’. The Conversation.

Temple-Malt, E., and Page, S., (2018). Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse Reoffending: Research Summary for HMPPS. (unpublished report)


Temple-Malt, E., (July 2017). ‘Afterword: Before the Act, 1988’. Page. R. (ed). Protest. Stories of Resistance. Manchester. Comma Press

Temple-Malt E., (February 2017) ‘Civil Partnerships and Changing Family Relationships’: Sociological Research. 26. 3


Page, S., and Temple-Malt, E., (September 2016). ‘Exploring Local Usage and Knowledge Levels in Stoke-on-Trent: Report. Staffordshire Crime and Society Research Group, Staffordshire University, Stoke. Submitted to Safer City Partnership, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
Page, S., and Temple-Malt, E., (August 2016). ‘Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence Reoffending’: Report. Staffordshire Crime and Society Research Group. Staffordshire University. Stoke. Submitted to Safer City Partnership, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

Current teaching

Undergraduate modules taught include: Discovering Qualitative Research Methods; Introduction to Project Design and Research Practice; Tackling Inequalities; Designing and Conducting Quantitative Research; Designing your Dissertation Research Proposal; The Life Course: The Early Years

Postgraduate modules taught include: Societal Problems: Classic Debates and Archival Research; Researching Crime and Society: Research Design and Data Collection; Mastering Research Practice; Gender, Sexuality and Society; Stories from the Later Life Course; Tackling Contemporary Social and Health Inequalities; Culture and Identity; Research Practice; The Application of Theory in Social Research; Contemporary Social Theory; Research Methods Awareness; Researching Media, Culture & Society; MA postgraduate dissertation

Supervisor undergraduate; postgraduate and PhD students


Dr Em Temple-Malt
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
LW113 Ashley 2
Staffordshire University
Leek Road
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 295906
e: emma.temple-malt@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @theemtemple-malt