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Justice and Society Research Centre

Current Research 

The members of the Justice & Society Research Centre are involved in a number of research projects and initiatives. See below for completed projects; some of the specific projects our members are currently working on include:


Inspiring Futures

Led by Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Dr Caroline Lanskey & Dr Sarah Doxat-Pratt, and in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Inspiring Futures is an evaluation of the meaning and impact of arts programmes in criminal justice settings. Funded by the ESRC; more information can be found here


Women Working to Support Women in the Welfare Sphere: Psychosocial Challenges

In partnership with the University of Glasgow, Prof. Loraine Gelsthorpe and Dr. Joana Ferreira are examining the impacts upon women workers in the third sector of working with isolated, marginalised and disadvantaged women (vicarious trauma included). Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, more information can be found here


Deaths Under Community Supervision


The House Project

Dr. Caroline Lanskey, Dr. Hannah Marshall and Dr. Joel Harvey are working on an  evaluation of the House Project's work supporting young careleavers. 


A Space for Love?

Dr. Ali Wigzell's Leverhulme post-doctoral fellowship applies the lens of care ethics to youth justice. 


Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines

Dr. Hannah Marshall's Lumley Junior Research Fellowship in Criminology focuses on the issue of child criminal exploitation (CCE) in the context of county lines drug markets in the UK.


Understanding Probation Regions: Accountability, Devolution and Power in Transition

Dr. Lucy Willmott and Dr. Jane Dominey, supported by a British Academy Small Grant.


Sexual Agency and Victimisation: A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Rape Trials

Dr. Arushi Garg is producing the first book-length academic study of the extensive rape law reform that was introduced in India from 2013 onwards. On contract with the Oxford University Press Clarendon Studies in Criminology. 


Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage: Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Inequality in Youth Justice

Dr. Caroline Lanskey and Dr. Jannick van den Brink (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). A comparative study of youth justice decision making in England & Wales and the Netherlands. 



Previous Research

Breaking Barriers - Ormiston Families

Bridging the Gap: A Review of the Pact Family Engagement Service

Educational Pathways of Young people in Youth Justice System

Engage in Learning

European Communities of Restoration

FAIR: The Families and Imprisonment Research Study


Irregular Migration Flows into the European Union: Migrants, Asylum-Seekers and Criminal Networks

Learning Together: what happens when students from universities and prisons learn together?

Re-entry, desistance and reintegration among women offenders in Chile 

Remote Supervision: Getting the balance right

Risk and Protective Factors in the Resettlement of Imprisoned Fathers and their Families

Rurality and Rule Breaking

The Impact of Migration on Professional Knowledge in the Criminal Justice System

The Role of Community Chaplaincy in Supporting Desistance from Crime

The Use of Community Hubs to Deliver Probation Supervision

Women’s access to justice: ASEAN perspectives