Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


Dr Dennis Gough

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, and Director of Professional Education Programme (Secondment)
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5144
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am presently employed as Director of Community Justice with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. I am responsible for the Educational provision of probation officer training relating to the Community Justice Learning Framework and manage our partnerships with the National Probation Service and Community  Rehabilitation Companies in London,  the South East region, the South West region and Wales.  My teaching interests are in the broad areas of prisons and penology, restorative justice, community justice and the rehabilitation of offenders.

I have previously been employed as a probation officer and senior probation officer of a large city office with 120 members of staff of a variety of grades.   My professional experience has been in the management of dangerous offenders, group work with male domestic violence perpetrators and working with male offenders from a gendered perspective.


  • The marketization of criminal justice
  • Prisons and Penality
  • Restorative justice
  • Multi-agency working in criminal justice
  • The voluntary sector in corrections
  • The rehabilitation of offenders
  • Peer  Mentor roles

I have developed important links with the Republic of Korea Ministry of Justice following three successful visiting scholars at the Institute of Criminal Justice.  Mr Keung Song Roh visited in 2008 and studied England and Wales offender satellite tacking pilots. Mr Heung Soeb Lee visited in 2010 to research England and Wales approach to public protection including the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).  With Professor Mike Nash, I also attended an International Seminar in Seoul to mark the 20 year anniversary of Probation and Parole in 2009.

Current and Previous Research

  • Restorative Justice Approaches with Looked after Children (2006-2008 with Carol Hayden)
  • Research into the learning needs of Probation Officer trainees
  • 'Punishment with Opportunity' - Research into employment schemes for offenders, PS Plus 3 in Dorset Probation Area (2008)
  • Research into a supported housing initiative for offenders with Dorset Probation Area (2008)
  • My current Doctoral research concerns the marketization of community corrections, in particular the contribution of the voluntary sector and voluntarism in the provision of rehabilitative services to offenders.

Research profile

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