Nicola was appointed in 2016 to support our 'Violence Against Women: A Determinant of Health' conference, with a pre-event Briefing and a post-event Summary Report.

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs has worked in the violence against women and girls sector since 2006. She is currently a Research Fellow within the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at London Metropolitan University.

Her research interests include: financial/economic abuse; rebuilding lives after domestic violence; co-ordinated community responses to domestic violence; and ‘going missing’ in the context of woman and child abuse.

In the same year, Nicola had been appointed as a Winston Churchill Fellow and awarded a grant to carry out research identifying and exploring innovative responses to financial/economic abuse in the US and Australia.  

Career background

Before moving into academia, Nicola was Head of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs at Refuge and Director of Policy and Advocacy at Missing People. She also worked in international development advising on international policy issues within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and at Plan International.

At the beginning of her career, Nicola spent two years living and working in Japan to promote cultural understanding and internationalisation as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. She is a first-class graduate in Management Sciences (BSc Hons) and a postgraduate in International Policy Analysis (MSc) and Woman and Child Abuse (MA). She completed her PhD in 2016.

Cumberland Lodge publications

Violence Against Women: A Determinant of Health - Conference Briefing (February 2017)

Violence Against Women: A Determinant of Health - Conference Report (June 2017)


Research Associate, 2016/17