Professor Kate Moss

Professor Kate MossFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences


Wolverhampton Law School


Professor of Criminal Justice

Contact details

Direct line: 01902  321562


Faculty of Social Sciences
MH021 Mary Seacole Building
University of Wolverhampton
City Campus North
Camp Street

Areas of expertise

The social policy of homelessness; women’s homelessness;  human rights specifically relating to detention without trial and torture.


Professor Moss was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University (LLB Hons), the University of Cambridge (M.Phil.) and Manchester University where she gained a PhD in social policy in 1997. She has written five books/monographs and over 60 journal articles. She has carried out research for the European Commission, the UK Home Office, Government Office East Midlands, Centrex, and numerous police forces and Local Authorities throughout England. Over the last five years at the University of Wolverhampton, with her colleague Paramjit Singh, she has secured in excess of 2.6 million Euros of research funding to support research into women who sleep rough as a result of domestic violence and also children rough sleepers. Kate has presented her research findings to the European Parliament in Brussels on three occasions.

Academic qualifications

  • 1997: PhD, Department of Social Policy, University of Manchester. ‘Medium Secure Psychiatric Provision in the Private Sector.’
  • 1989: M.Phil in Criminology, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.
  • 1988: LLB(Hons) Department of Law, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Teaching interests

Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Applied Legal Research; Qualitative Research Methods

Research Interests

Professor Moss’s main research interest is the policy surrounding women’s homelessness and rough sleeping which her research has found to be a major issue across Europe especially within the current economic climate. Her research has focused on provision for this vulnerable and hard to reach group in an effort to increase the knowledge base; to equip organisations to set up or adopt effective policy, strategies and services to meet their needs, and to challenge current policy, practice and thinking about the problem of women rough sleepers – particularly those who are the victims of domestic abuse.

Her other research interest is the balance between the right to security and the right to liberty, with special emphasis on torture and detention without trial and the questions facing contemporary society in the areas of political theory and practice, law, philosophy and human rights about striking an acceptable balance between national security needs and the protection of civil liberties. Kate is particularly interested in ideas about the creeping powers of the executive, fear-driven law and practice, the use of legislation to facilitate crime control and the criminalisation of behaviour.

PHD supervision

Currently supervising two PhD students in the areas of policing and the probation service.
Main areas of interest for supervision include homelessness and social policy, women’s homelessness, domestic violence, torture and detention without trial.

Recent funded research

Moss, K. & Singh, P. (2016) Women’s Aid Dublin, Ireland: bid writing support for an EU Daphne bid on domestic violence – value £1,200

Moss, K. & Singh, P. (2016) Help through Crisis for Young Homeless People with Wyre Forest Council and Nightstop for the Big Lottery – total value £710,000. 5 year project evaluation – value to UoW, £25,000.

Moss, K. & Singh, P. (2015) Evaluation of the Wyre Forest Night Shelter for the National Lottery – Value £2,011 (Funded by Wyre Forest Nightstop) Moss, K. & Singh, P. (2013-2015)

Children Rough Sleepers and Runaways in 10 European Countries €1.25 million (approx. £1 million) Funded by the EU Daphne Fund

Moss & Singh Empowering WRS to Protect themselves from Violence on the Street. Funded by the EU Daphne Fund, €766,146 (approx. £614,000)

Moss, K. Singh, P. & Williams, K. (2011 – 2013) Women Rough Sleepers who are the Victims of Intimate Partner Violence in Europe. Funded by the EU Daphne Fund (766,000 Euros).

Recent publications


Moss, K. & Singh, P. (2015) Women Rough Sleepers: Homelessness and Domestic Abuse. Bristol: Policy Press.

Moss, K. & Singh, P. (2015) A Study of Children Rough Sleepers in Ten European Countries in Corcoran, S. et al. (2015) Leaving the Street? A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding experiences of Transition. Manchester University Press.

Moss, K.  Social Policy and Human Rights in Morley, S. & Taylor, P. (2015) Companion of State Power, Rights and Liberties. Bristol: Policy Press.


Moss, K. (2011) Security and Liberty: Human Rights Human Wrongs. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Crime, Security and Risk Management Series. Series Editor, Gill, M. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Foreword by Michael Mansfield QC