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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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. 

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Prof Jo Phoenix - supervisor 2014-15 and 2015-16

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Jo Phoenix joined the Open University as Chair in Criminology in August 2016. She began her academic life as an Open University Tutor on D310 and D315 in the mid-1990s and while she was doing her PhD. From there, she was a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Middlesex from 1998 - 2000. Following that, she moved to the University of Bath until 2007. In 2007, she was employed as a Reader in Criminology at Durham University and was made Professor in 2010. She spent the last 4 years of her time at Durham University being first Deputy Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health (Queens Campus) before becoming the Dean of Queens Campus. In 2013, she left Durham University for the University of Leicester where she did a short stint as Head of Department. 

Her current research interests include gender, sexualities and justice, youth justice and punishment, the production of criminological knowledge and research ethics. These general interests have meant that she has studied and written about a wide variety of subjects including managerialism and ethics in the production of criminological knowledge, prostitution, prostitution policy reform, child sexual exploitation, sex and its regulation, youth penality and youth justice practice and policy. She has been and remains particularly interested in understanding the changing conditions in which (some) women and (some) young people are criminalised and punished as well as the challenges facing those who work with them. More recently she has become interested in thinking through issues of justice in relation to age and in relation to sexualities.