Perceptions and experiences of sexual harassment on the London Underground Network

Research Institution / Organisation

Loughborough University

Principal Researcher

Sian Lewis

Level of Research


Project Start Date

October 2015

Research Context

Transport exists as an intermediary part of life, between the perceived danger of the streets and relative safety of home. Yet recent research has shown that transport is often experienced as a place of vulnerability, with 10% of women experiencing unwanted sexual attention on the Underground, and only 1 in 10 reporting it.

This research therefore aims to understand and challenge incidences of sexual harassment on the underground and the issue of underreporting, with the overarching objective of ensuring public space as an equal and safe arena for women.

Research Methodology

This research takes a feminist, reflexive, qualitative approach.

Ethnographic observations will be carried out on the London underground in order to understand 'unwritten' rules and social codes of conduct that influence interactions within the space.

A victim-centred approach is of strong importance, therefore in-depth interviews will be carried out with women who have experienced sexual harassment, both those who have and haven't reported it. Participants will be recruited through British Transport Police and via social media using a snowball sampling method.

Interim reports and publications

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Date due for completion

October 2018
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