We sponsor research to bring about change in how women and girls are dealt with in the criminal justice system

Our supervisors

Our academic supervisors are drawn from across the UK 

Every practitioner who becomes a fellow is assigned an academic supervisor, who we match with them according to their research interests to encourage as much synergy as possible.

Meet some of our supervisors.

They are listed below by year with the most recent appointments at the top of the list.


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Prof Margaret Malloch

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Margaret is Professor of Criminology with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, based at the University of Stirling. See www.sccjr.ac.uk.  She is Director of Post-Graduate Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling and an Associate Director of SCCJR.  Current Projects include ESCR funded programme: Developing the Evidence Base for Innovation in Social Care for Children and Families Affected by Domestic Abuse.

Ongoing work and research interests focus on Transformative Justice and Abolitionism; Mutual aid and community engagement; Gender and the Justice System, Confronting Criminalising Processes and Practices; Exploitation and 'Human Trafficking': constructing 'problems' and policy responses; Creating and sustaining 'communities of recovery'.  Interested in supervising students with a critical approach to theory and methods; expertise in qualitative research and analysis.

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Professor Azrini Wahidin

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Azrini is a  Professor of Sociology and Criminology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick.  Azrini has held a number of leadership positions and is a REF panel member for UOA 20 (Social Policy).

Research Interests:   She has a wide interest in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, sexuality, gender and social exclusion. She also has a strong interest in research methodologies and research ethics. Her research interests lie broadly in criminal justice, imprisonment, transitions from custody, female offenders, managing the needs of female offenders, offenders in later life. She has a particular interest in transitions from custody, prisoner's resettlement, prisons, experiences of former ex-combatants involved in liberation struggles. 

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Publications include several books, the most recent of which is Research Ethics in Criminology: Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions (Co-editor: Malcolm Cowburn and Loraine Gelsthorpe); Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland

Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience and Ex-Combatants’ Voices: Transitioning from War to Peace in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka (Co-editor: John Brewer).



2019-20 Supervisor, Prof Anthea Hucklesby

Professor Anthea Hucklesby

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Anthea is the Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Law at Leeds University.  She joined the School of Law in 2003 having worked as a Lecturer at the Universities of Leicester and Hull. Since joining Leeds she has held a number of leadership positions including REF2014 Unit of Assessment leader for Law and Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Law. She has been Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law since 2015.

Research Interests:   My research interests lie broadly in criminal justice and how it deals with suspects, defendants and offenders. I have particular interests in...the remand process, electronic monitoring, community sentences, prisoner's resettlement, prisons, compliance and procedural justice and public and voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice.

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Dr Serena Wright

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Dr Serena Wright is a Lecturer in Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to this, she was a Research Associate at the Prisons Research Centre, University of Cambridge. Since 2007, Serena has conducted research focused on prisons and penology, with an emphasis on women and frustrated desistance, and life sentenced prisoners. She has co-authored a series of articles focused on the pains and experience of long-term imprisonment from a young age, including one on the 'gendered pains of life imprisonment' (Crewe, Hulley and Wright, 2017), and is about to publish a co-authored monograph entitled: Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood: Adaptation, Identity and Time (pub. Palgrave MacMillan, Nov 2019). 

Serena has also worked in practice, most notably within drug and alcohol rehabilitation, domestic abuse, and sexual violence support services, and previously served on HMP Kingston’s Independent Monitoring Board. She is also Royal Holloway's lead for Learning Together; a prison-university partnership initiative that seeks to bring together students from higher education and criminal justice settlings to study alongside each other.

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Dr Janet Foster

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Janet Foster has extensive experience as a qualitative researcher on crime, community and policing issues and has published widely.  She has worked with a range of government departments and police forces across Britain and in Europe and has worked with some of Britain’s most senior police officers, directing a bespoke programme for the Strategic Command Course at the University of Cambridge.  She also acted as a special adviser to the Chief Constable of Norfolk, to assist their change programme and was an Academic Advisor to the Home Office, HM Treasury and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, at various times.  Janet co-managed the largest single piece of policing research ever undertaken in the UK to evaluate the impact of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry on policing (involving quantitative research in 17 forces and qualitative fieldwork in eight different sites across England and Wales).  While on secondment to the Police Foundation, Janet was engaged in a range of action-based research projects to improve police/community engagement and improving access and service to ‘hard to reach’ groups.

Janet is currently finishing a book on policing homicide: ‘The Real Sherlocks’: Murder investigators at work.  This is based on three years of ethnographic research with homicide detectives and observations of cases from crime scene to courtroom.  

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Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe - supervisor 2014-15, 2018-19 and 2019-20

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Loraine Gelsthorpe is Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. And a Fellow and Tutor for Graduate Affairs at Pembroke College. She is also Director of the Institute, Director of Graduate Education for the Institute, and Director of a research centre within also: the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice. Beyond this she is Co-convenor of the University wide multi-disciplinary Cambridge Migration Research Network (CAMMIGRES). She also sits on various University Committees including the General Board Education Committee and the Board of Graduate Studies. Loraine has wide interests in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, gender and social exclusion, women and sentencing, and at the effectiveness of youth and community penalties in particular. She also has a strong interest in research methodologies and research ethics.

She sits on various government Advisory Committees, was deputy chair of the 2014 REF exercise (Social Policy panel), and is immediate past President of the British Society of Criminology. She chairs the European Society of Criminology Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice Working Group.

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Publications include several books, the most recent of which is Research Ethics in Criminology: Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions

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Dr Ana Aliverti - supervisor 2018-19

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Dr. Ana Aliverti is an Associate Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Warwick. She holds a D.Phil. in Law (Oxford, 2012), an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distinction, Oxford, 2008), an MA in Sociology of Law (IISL, 2005) and a BA in Law (Honours, Buenos Aires, 2002). Before joining Warwick, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, and as Stipendiary Lecturer in Criminal Law at Wadham College, Oxford, having previously taught criminal law and criminology courses at Oxford and Buenos Aires. She practised international human rights law as staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law in San Jose, Costa Rica, and Washington DC, US. Her book, 'Crimes of Mobility' (Routledge, 2013), was co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Best Book Prize for 2014. She received the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) (2015) and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Law (2017). Ana is Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. She serves in the editorial boards of Theoretical Criminologyand the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.

Research interests:  Ana’s research looks at the intersections between criminal law and criminal justice, on the one hand, and border regimes, on the other, and explores the impact of such intertwining on the national criminal justice institutions and on those subject to the resulting set of controls. She is interested in examining questions of citizenship and belonging in criminal justice, and law's instrumental and symbolic power for boundary drawing. She has done research on the criminal courts and is currently conducting a project on immigration-police cooperation in England. Her work draws on post-colonial theory and the sociology of race. She is also interested in criminal law theory, human rights law, and criminology. 

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Dr Nicola Padfield - supervisor 2012-13, 2017-18 and 2018-19

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Nicola Padfield is Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and a Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, where she has worked for more than 20 years.  

She has a broad research lens, engaged in both ‘hard’ law and in socio-legal-criminological research.  She is a leading European expert on sentencing law, including the law and practice of release from (and recall to) prison. 

A barrister by training, she has published widely on criminal law, sentencing and criminal justice.  Her books include The Criminal Justice Process: Text and Materials (4rd edit, 2008); Criminal Law (8th edit, 2012); Beyond the Tariff: Human rights and the release of life sentence prisoners (2002).  She has edited collections of essays, and for nearly 20 years was the editor of the influential monthly Archbold Review. 

She sat as a Recorder (part- time judge) in the Crown Court 2002-2014 and is a Bencher of the Middle Temple. She takes a lead in policy debates, at home and abroad.

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Dr Lucy Baldwin - supervisor 2017-18

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Lucy Baldwin is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at De Montfort University. Lucy has worked in criminal and social justice for over 25 years being a qualified social worker and probation officer.  She is author and editor of ‘Mothering Justice: Working with Mothers in Criminal and Social Justice Settings’, (Waterside press 2015). Lucy has worked both in the community, in courts and in prison.

Lucy’s research and publications focus predominantly on the impact of imprisonment on mothers and their children. Lucy has presented nationally and internationally on the importance of working positively with mothers in criminal and social justice systems and is a member of the board of Trustees for Women’s Breakout. She also works closely with Women in Prison and is active in her hopes for positive penal and sentencing reform. Her recent and forthcoming publications include work exploring the relationship between prison space and maternal emotion, grandmothers in custody and as carers for children with a mother in prison, the impact of prison on maternal identity, and the need for long term emotional support for post custodial mothers. 

She has recently published a report based on joint research (with Rona Epstein), which explores the impact of short custodial sentences on mothers and their children. 

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Professor Monica McWilliams - supervisor 2017-18

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Monica McWilliams is an Emeritus Professor in the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University.

Research: she has recently completed a longtitudinal research study on intimate partner violence in Northern Ireland and has published extensively on the impact of political conflict on domestic violence.

She is  a former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. 

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Dr Rachel Condry - supervisor 2016-17

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Rachel Condry is an Associate Professor of Criminology and a Fellow of St Hilda's College at the University of Oxford. She has previously been a lecturer in criminology at the University of Surrey, and a lecturer and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics. Her work focuses broadly on the intersections between crime and the family. She has carried out research projects on the families of serious offenders, prisoners’ families, parenting expertise in youth justice, and adolescent to parent violence. Rachel is the author of Families Shamed: The Consequences of Crime for Relatives of Serious Offenders (Willan, 2007).

Rachel has recently completed a three year ESRC-funded research study, with Caroline Miles, on adolescent to parent violence in the UK. The findings of the study are published in a number of journal articles and a book. More information about the study can be found here: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/content/adolescent-parent-violence  She worked with the UK government and a number of other experts to produce the first UK policy guidance on adolescent to parent violence.

Rachel is also currently working on the topic of prisoners’ families and developing a network of international researchers working in this field. She is a member of the British Society of Criminology and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology, the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, and the ESRC’s Peer Review College. 

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Dr Kesia Reeve - supervisor 2016-17

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Kesia Reeve is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University where she coordinates the Housing Research Team. Kesia has been undertaking research in the field of Housing Studies for nearly 20 years, during which time she has delivered and managed more than 40 research projects, many with an explicit policy and practice focus.

Research interests: much of Kesia's research activity has focused on groups experiencing housing disadvantage but her specific area of interest is homelessness, with a focus on those who are particularly marginalised. She is interested in the way in which institutional practice, national policy and legislation shape the experiences and housing trajectories of homeless people.  Her homelessness research portfolio has included projects focused on homeless women, rough sleepers, offenders, people with mental ill health, street sex workers, drug users, people with a history of violence, young people with chaotic lives, squatters, and 'hidden' homeless people. She has just completed studies exploring the impact of benefit sanctions on homeless people, and the difficulties homeless people have accessing the private rented sector. Most of her research makes use of forms of qualitative and biographical methods. Kesia has authored numerous policy and research reports as well as academic articles and book chapters.