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Crime and social justice research

The crime and social justice research group draw on a range of inter-disciplinary areas to explore and drive forward critical understandings of crime and social justice. The group has expertise in a broad range of areas including: policing and securities; prisoner education and resettlement; cybercrime; gender and crime; welfare practices; sexual violence and victimisation; transphobic hate crime; religion, race and domestic abuse; youth justice; and human rights and the law. Our research aims to become a key driver of knowledge exchange and information sharing between academics, practitioners, activists and policy-makers and to have real life impact for those who engage with the criminal justice system.

Crime and social justice members contribute to the Criminology MA.


Dr Cecelia Cappel
Dr Francis Dodsworth
Dr Joanna Jamel
Amy Mitchell

Current research

  • Gender and the place of girls in gangs and the role of Christian resettlement prison chaplains in supporting ex-offenders in the community.
  • The 'custody-treatment dilemma' and ‘role-conflict' through a focus on the day to day interactions between prison staff and offenders, with a particular focus on examining prison staff reactions where offenders report experiencing some kind of pain.
  • Martial arts and self-defence culture and its relationship with the argument that constant media coverage of crime and public debate about ‘security' has created a culture of anxiety or insecurity that permeates both social and personal life.
  • Gender, sexuality, victimisation, sex work and sexual violence
  • Policing and organisational culture, with a particular focus on conceptual and occupational contexts relating to those coming into contact with agents of the criminal justice system, as well as the agents themselves from an operational and experiential perspective.
  • Women ex-prisoners' experiences of prison based education (PBE) through their reflections with a specific focus on what role prison based education plays in changed identities and what value is afforded to PBE in the context of the women's resettlement.
  • Conceptual and material dimensions of organisational identities within criminal justice including: diversity agendas in policing; the experiences of senior policewomen; critical diversities in criminal justice and the language of police leadership.

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Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
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