Emma Cunningham

Senior Lecturer


, Royal Docks School of Business and Law

On This Page


Emma Cunningham's background is in politics, feminism and criminology which inform her teaching, research and community interest areas.  She has taught police officers, undergraduates and postgraduates and was involved in the England-Africa Partnership with education and policing in Rwanda with British Council Funding.    She has taught Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence, Victims Rights and Restorative Justice and Victims and Offenders.  She was involved as a trustee and management member in the community on Young people's projects and Domestic Violence Support agencies. She worked with colleagues on a Police Crime Commissioner-funded Project to explore early intervention in Domestic Violence cases involving school children, called Operation Encompass.  She researched policewomen's integration and the ideas which informed this from conceptions of the nature of woman and also explored Freedom of Information disclosures on police disciplinary behaviour (Cunningham 2022).  She has an interest in community education, free workshops and events for International Women's Day each year.  In October 2021 she became external examiner at the University of Hull.


Papers, publications and blog


Field trip

The first trip I took students to was to the stomping ground of the foremother of feminism in East London. We  headed off just a 12 minute train ride on the overground from Stratford to Canonbury followed by an 8 minute walk to Newington Green, the home of radical thinkers from the Eighteenth Century Enlightenment. Our students are aware of the Enlightenment through our courses but it is useful to see how those theories have had a real impact on real life nearby. While Mary Wollstonecraft mixed with radicals she went further than the men she mixed with in suggesting that women, as human beings with rationality, should have the same rights to an education as the boys and men were allowed during this period. She was vilified for her unconventional life, with her first child out of wedlock and for getting involved in politics being called a hyena in petticoats and a philosophising serpent, and died after giving birth to a second child Mary Shelley who would grow up to write Frankenstein. Good to know we have many of the rights we do enjoy because of women like Mary Wollstonecraft, and she is here and in our University Community for all to enjoy.

Anyway just a bit of context to the visit and the woman. A lot of controversy followed the unveiling of the sculpture by Maggi Hambling CBE during lockdown, as it depicts a naked female form, but I think it was a great choice to choose a radical artist now to depict a radical thinker who is the foremother of feminism.



  • Theoretical criminology
  • Crime policy into practice