As part of the University International Women’s Day 2015 celebrations, Swansea University is showcasing the range of successful and inspiring women who are working, studying and supporting Swansea University both past and present, across all departments and at a variety of levels in their career.

The College of Law strongly supports this initiative and is pleased to announce that 4 members of its staff have been selected to be showcased for this initiative: Dr Victoria Jenkins, Dr Theodora Nikaki, Deborah Jones and Dr Tracey Sagar.

Victoria JenkinsDr Victoria Jenkins has worked at Swansea University since 1999 and has worked part-time since 2003. She has published widely on environmental law, in leading academic journals. Much of her work has focused on legal approaches to sustainable development, but she also has a keen interest in the impact of devolution on environmental law in Wales. Victoria Jenkins is an active member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association Wales, Working Party and has been instrumental in helping to provide advice and guidance to the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales on the framework of legislation currently being developed on planning and environmental law in Wales.

 

Theodora Nikaki

Dr Theodora Nikaki is the Deputy-Head of the Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies and first joined the College of Law in 2005 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. She is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica (LLB and LLM in Commercial and Economic Law with distinction). Having worked in private practice for several years, she also obtained an LLM degree in Admiralty and Maritime Law from the prestigious Tulane Law School (New Orleans, USA) in 2001 with distinction. She then went to work in a maritime law firm in the United States before undertaking her PhD degree in Carriage of Goods by Sea and Transport Law in the UK. Her principal research interest is in the field of carriage of goods by sea, but her interests extend to private international law and multimodal transport.

During the 2011-12 academic year, she was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London) and a visiting researcher position at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law in Oslo. She is an active researcher and has published in several significant journals such as The Journal of Air Law and Commerce, The Journal of Business Lawthe Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, the Berkeley Journal of International Law and Tulane Maritime Law Journal. Dr Nikaki has taught courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, her subject range is diverse within the field of dry shipping law and she is, without question, an invaluable and astute member of the postgraduate law teaching team.

On a personal level, Associate Professor Nikaki has always had a strong reputation - amongst staff and students alike - of being approachable, genuine, helpful and kind. It is plainly obvious how much she cares for her work and for those she teaches from the feedback students give about her, and through the quality of work she produces (both for teaching and for research). She is one of the founding roots of our LLM alumni association and is often in contact with former students as she truly does believe that once students are members of Swansea University, they always will be.

Debbie Jones and Tracey Sagar

Dr Tracey Sagar and Debbie Jones are lecturers and researchers with the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology.  They have worked with a number of third sector organisations to develop knowledge and understanding on sex work. Local projects include: explorations of street sex work and off street sex work; community perceptions of street based prostitution; the experiences of women from BME communities engaged in sex work. From 2010-2014, in partnership with Gibran UK, Tracey and Debbie conducted an All Wales project (funded by the Big Lottery) that sought to provide national knowledge on sex work.

Currently, they lead an innovative project (again Big Lottery funded) that investigates student’s participation in sex work. ‘The Student Sex Work Project’(TSSWP) is the first large scale project seeking to understand students experience, motivations and Higher Education responses to sex work. However, research is only one element of their role. Together they have developed a work placement programme for students across Wales who want to work on a live research study. In total TSSWP has worked with over 60 student volunteers, providing the skills and inspiration needed to develop potential researchers of the future. Indeed, it is the people they have encountered through their work who inspire them, from the determination of sex workers who face multiple barriers to inclusion, to the students who so enthusiastically tackle stigma and discrimination. Reflecting their research partnership, Tracey and Debbie believe that women in academia are a powerful force for change and empowerment, but that such endeavours do not have to be a solitary task. Their research stands as testimony to the effectiveness of research partnerships that can bring inspiration and support to women.