Varona, Gema

University of the Basque Country


Gema Varona is a senior lecturer in Victimology and Criminal Policy at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), M.A. in Sociology of Law (IISL), and senior researcher at the Basque Institute of Criminology (Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain).

In 1998 she was honoured with the Junior Scholar Competition Award of the International Society of Criminology for her research comparing restorative justice in gypsy and non gypsy communities. Former coordinator of the degree in criminology (2013-2017), current coordinator of the UPV/EHU MOOC on Victimology (2016-), and co-director of the Master in Victimology of that University (2014-), she also is the co-editor of the Journal of Victimology/Revista de Victimología. She has authored books on migration and human rights, restorative justice, juries and the construction of the forensic truth, women’s local safety audits, victims of terrorism, and victims of sexual abuse.