Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Transformative Justice

Cluster Leader: Dr Aaron Pycroft

This research cluster aims to promote:

  • Research and scholarship that have transformative potential for the practice of criminal and social justice;
  • The development of networks and research opportunities with organisations such as the prison and probation services and other agencies working in the field of criminal and social justice to inform policy and practice;
  • The dissemination of that research and scholarship through publications, conferences and professional settings.


Youth, crime and social justice

Members of the cluster work across a range of disciplinary and professional settings utilising quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. Currently the main focus of research activities are:

  • Women, desistance from crime and peer mentoring
  • The governance of corrections and the role of the voluntary sector
  • Whole systems approaches, complex needs and the development of complexity theory to inform rehabilitation
  • Public protection and victims of crime
  • Radical criminology and contemporary debates in penology
  • Miscarriages of justice
  • Comparative criminal justice, youth justice and penology
  • Missing people (see also the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons), troubled families and social inequality
  • Forgiveness in criminal justice


  • Kerry Devitt
    Young adults in the criminal justice system; youth justice policy; education, health and welfare of young people; post-structuralist qualitative research methodology
  • Tom Ellis
    Policing and technology; youth crime & justice, comparative research; community safety; sport and deviance
  • Rachel Goldhill
    Probation work; women service users; female sex offenders; the pedagogy of reflective practice
  • Dennis Gough
    The marketization of criminal justice; the voluntary sector in corrections; the rehabilitation of offenders; penality; restorative justice; multi-agency working in criminal justice
  • Marc Jacobs
    Critical pedagogy, educational justice, abolitionism, the development of British radical criminology, contemporary theoretical debates on penality and the culture of control
  • Carol Hayden
    Children and families with multiple problems; children who are excluded or disaffected from school; children in the care system; restorative justice approaches as they relate to children; victimisation and children; children missing from home or care
  • Marika Henneberg 
    Miscarriages of Justice
  • Mike Nash
    Public protection policy, practice and culture; home visits in criminal justice; public protection in South Korea
  • Francis Pakes
    Comparative criminal justice; crime and justice in the Netherlands; crimmigration; criminal psychology; vulnerable people in the criminal justice system
  • Nick Pamment
    Youth crime, youth justice; community sentences; policing and wildlife crime
  • Madeline Petrillo
    Women in conflict with the law; interventions with women in the criminal justice system; probation and community interventions; the assessment and management of high risk offenders 
  • David Pritchard
    Comparative analysis of social unrest; crime and inequality; crimes of the powerful and the poor; quantitative analysis of social and spatial inequalities; social and political theory
  • Aaron Pycroft
    Methodological innovations in research including utilising complexity theory and whole systems approaches; ethics and interventions; multi-agency working in criminal justice; addiction and substance misuse 
  • Anne Rees
    Employability skills in the criminal justice system; managing dangerousness; assessing and managing risk; drug misuse; women in the criminal justice system; and mental health 
  • Karen Shalev-Greene
    Missing children; missing adults; police investigations; policy and practice; asylum seekers; child sexual exploitation; human trafficking 
  • April Smith
    Peer to peer support and mentoring of offenders, female offenders and feminist criminology, prisons and penalty, community justice, rehabilitation and desistance
  • Sandra Sparrius
    Organisational design; career development and career counselling; occupational stress; crisis intervention
  • Jacki Tapley
    Victims of crime; victims' perceptions and experiences of the criminal justice system; evaluation of victim-centred policies and legislation; victims' support services; domestic abuse; rape and sexual violence; victims of fraud; restorative justice; female offenders; gender, crime and victimisation
  • Megan Thomas
    The delivery of the alcohol treatment requirement and complexity; probation; multi-agency working; cultures in the criminal justice system
  • Jane Winstone
    Evidence based practice; solution-focussed justice for youth and adults; mental disorder, crime and justice; ethical research and professional practice