Jennifer Glinski


710 Adam Smith Building 

Research Title

The 'Careful Calculus' in its structural and policy context: what does it cost to leave an abusive relationship?

Research Summary

Research Summary

Domestic abuse remains a serious concern in Scotland and the UK more generally. As has been long recognised, leaving an abusive relationship is a process rather than event and rather than asking the question ‘why does she not leave?, those supporting women should consider the considerable barriers that women need to overcome before leaving is a viable option. These barriers are emotional, physical, financial and, fundamentally, related to safety.

My research focuses on understanding the role and nature of financial barriers to leaving an abusive relationship. In addition, it explores how women’s personal financial situations prior and post leaving are likely to be affected by key social security policies in Scotland and the UK. Qualitative interviews will be used to seek women and support staff’s narratives of financial planning in making decisions about if, when and how to exit an abusive relationship; in tandem, my research will use quantitative techniques to model the financial impact of current and planned welfare reforms on women in different family circumstances.

PhD Topic

Economic abuse in its structural and policy context. The financial costs and implications of leaving an abusive relationship. 

Research Interests

  • Domestic abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Coercive control
  • Violence against women
  • Gender inequality
  • Women’s rights
  • Human rights
  • Reproductive rights 

Sponsor / Funder

ESRC 1+3 


Abdulkadir, J., Azzudin, A., Buick, A., Curtice, L., Dzingisai, M., Easton, D., Frew, C., Glinski, J., Holliday, D. Knifton, L., McLaughlin, D., Quinn, N. Ramsay, D. (2016) What do you mean, I have a right to health? Participatory action research on health and human rights. Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.  Available at: 

Dunlop, S., Swales, K., Trebeck, K., Glinski, J. (2012) The Oxfam Humankind Index: The New Measure of Scotland’s Prosperity, The Fraser of Allander Institute with Oxfam, April 2012. 



“The cost of leaving domestic abuse: Social Security policy and its impact.”

  • 'Money, Security and Social Policy' Presentation Event & Session on 'Social Security Devolution in Scotland’. 
  • Invited Speaker. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 23rd November, 2018. 

"Girls Just Want to have Fun(d$): Women’s Economic Inequalities in Scotland"    

  • Girlhood Gang Conference on ‘Young Women and Girls in Contemporary Scotland and Beyond’
  • Invited Speaker. Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow, 5th September 2018. 

 "The ‘Careful Calculus’ in its Structural and Policy Context: What does it cost to leave an abusive relationship?"

  • European Network on Gender and Violence (ENGV) conference on ‘Gender and Violence’.
  • Invited Speaker. Bristol University, Bristol, 27-29th June, 2018.

"Economic and Financial Abuse in Scotland"

  • Improvement Service Conference on ‘Supporting Early Intervention’.
  • Invited speaker. Glasgow, UK, 29th November, 2017. 

What does it cost to leave an abusive relationship: state failures to protect survivors of domestic violence.”

  • Human Rights Research Students’ Conference, 8th November 2017, University of Glasgow         


Member of:-

University of Glasgow Gender Based Violence Research Forum (2017-present)

  • Member

The Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland (2017- present)

  • Committee Member 




Graduate Teaching Assistant: Strathclyde University (2017-2018): 

  • Introduction to Politics (L2105)
  • International and Global Politics (L2201)

Additional Information

I moved to Glasgow permanently in 2012 after teaching women’s rights at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh. Active as a policy officer for several years, I worked on increasing representation of black and minority ethnic women in Scottish politics before returning to research and academia. 

I was awarded an ESRC 1+3 funding in 2016 and began my studentship with the MRes in Public Policy at the University of Glasgow in 2016. My academic qualifications include: 

University of Glasgow

MRes in Public Policy (2017) 

Dissertation: ’Doing gender’ in everyday life: productions of gender and (in)equality in Glaswegian homes. 

LLM International Human Rights Law (2010)

University of Essex

Dissertation: Maternal Mortality: A Failure to Implement Equality for Women.

Michigan State University 

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (2009)