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.