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 Malcolm Cowburn - supervisor 2014-15

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Malcolm Cowburn is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Science at Sheffield Hallam University. He also holds Honorary and Visiting Chairs in Criminology at Exeter and Plymouth Universities. Having worked as a Probation Officer for twelve years and then managed a therapy unit for sexually abused young people, Malcolm is interested in the impacts that practitioner research can have upon policy and practice. 

His areas of research interest are: interpersonal violence, particularly sexual violence, prisons particularly focusing on issues of culture and diversity, and research ethics.  Malcolm’s research is qualitative and he is interested in exploring the relationships between sociological and psychological accounts of crime and people that commit crime.  Further information about his publications (1) and (2)

Image of supervisor Dr Nicola Carr

Dr Nicola Carr - supervisor 2014-15

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Nicola Carr is a Lecturer in Criminology in Queen’s University Belfast. She is professionally qualified as a Probation Officer and previously worked in a youth offending team.

Her main research interests are in the areas of youth justice, probation and community sanctions and she has researched and published on these topics.

With colleagues she is currently working on a number of research projects including a study funded by the British Academy on young people’s experiences of paramilitary violence in their communities.

She is also a member of the COST Action on Offender Supervision in Europe.