Maéva Thibeault

Thesis title: Living Histories of Transformative Justice: A Collaborative Exploration of Community Responses to Sexual Violence


I am a first-year PhD student and my research explores transformative justice as a community-based and survivor-centered approach to sexual violence in the Spanish context. I focus on how individual experiences of transformative justice practices to respond to sexual violence shape the collective history of Spanish activists and grassroots communities, and how these life stories can advance global efforts to develop collective and non-punitive forms of justice. Situated at the intersection of criminology, sociology, and gender studies, and building on penal abolition and decolonial feminist theories, my project uses feminist ethnography and oral history, as well as collaborative and creative methods. I previously obtained a joint interdisciplinary MA in Gender Studies from Utrecht University and the University of Granada, as well as a BA in Sociology and a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University. 


MA in Gender Studies, Utrecht University and the University of Granada 

BA in Sociology, Concordia University 

BFA in Film Production, Concordia University 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Convenor, Criminology Reading Group (2023-2024)

Conference details

Thibeault, M. (2022, June 15-18). Addressing Sexual Violence Beyond State Systems. [Conference]. 11th European Feminist Research Conference, Milan, Italy.

Thibeault, M., & Couture, S. (2019, March 22). COHDScast: Oral History, Aurally. Critical Creations in Oral History [Symposium]. 6th Emerging Scholars Symposium, Montreal, Canada.

Papers delivered

Greenberg, B. R., & Thibeault, M. (2023). Violence and Systemic Injustice: The Effects of Colonialism and Neoliberalism on the Overrepresentation of Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada’s Criminal Justice System. In Banwell, S., Black, L., Cecil, D., Djamba, Y., Kimuna, S., Milne, E., Seal, L., & Tenkorang, E. (Eds.), The Emerald International Handbook of Feminist Perspectives on Women’s Acts of Violence (pp. 529-540). Emerald Publishing. DOI: 10.1108/978-1-80382-255-620231035

Thibeault, M. (2021). [Review of the book Debating Sex Work, by Flanigan J., & Watson, L.]. Women’s Studies International Forum, 86, 1-1. DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2021.102471