Dr Gwen Robinson
Position: Reader in Criminal Justice
Email Address: G.J.Robinson@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6863
Room No: CLG4
I studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Sussex, and went on to complete an MSc in Applied Social Studies and a Diploma in Social Work at the University of Oxford, specialising in probation practice. After working as a researcher at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminological Research, I completed a PhD at the University of Wales, Swansea. My thesis examined the changing contours of probation practice and in particular the influence of risk assessment technologies on the rehabilitation and management of offenders.
In the last ten years I have been involved in a number of empirical research projects and have published in the areas of: offender rehabilitation and management; community sanctions/penalties; and restorative justice. I initially came to work in the School of Law in 2002 as a member of a large research team which conducted a major evaluation of Restorative Justice schemes for the Home Office/Ministry of Justice (led by Joanna Shapland). The book Restorative Justice in Practice: Evaluating What Works for Victims and Offenders (with Joanna Shapland and Angela Sorsby) was published by Routledge in 2011 and provides an account of that study and its findings. I am also co-author (with Peter Raynor) of Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and co-editor (with Tony Bottoms and Sue Rex) of Alternatives to Prison: Options for an Insecure Society (Willan 2004). I am an active member of the European Society of Criminology’s community sanctions network.
Member of the Centre for Criminological Research research cluster.
- PhD, University of Wales, Swansea
- MSc Applied Social Studies and Diploma in Social Work, University of Oxford
- BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Sussex
Teaching and Learning
All of my teaching is in the field of criminal justice and restorative justice, and in areas in which I have research and/or practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge. In all of my teaching I endeavour to incorporate aspects of ‘real world’ issues and controversies, through activities such as debates and documentary screenings.
The modules I teach are:
|Undergraduate||Postgraduate and MA|
|Punishment and Penal Policy (Convenor)||Restorative Justice (Convenor)|
|Rehabilitation of Offenders (Convenor)||Issues in Restorative Justice (Convenor)|
|Restorative Justice||Issues in Comparative Penology|
- Community sanctions/penalties
- Offender rehabilitation and management
- Restorative justice
Shapland, J., Robinson, G. & Sorsby, A. (2011) Restorative Justice in Practice: Evaluating What Works for Victims and Offenders. London: Routledge.
Raynor, P. & Robinson, G. (2009) Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Robinson, G. (2008) Late-modern Rehabilitation: The Evolution of a Penal Strategy. Punishment and Society, 10(4), 429-445.
Robinson, G. & Shapland, J. (2008) Reducing recidivism: A task for restorative justice? British Journal of Criminology, 48(3), 337-358.
Robinson, G. & McNeill, F. (2008) Exploring the dynamics of compliance with community penalties. Theoretical Criminology, 12(4) 431-449.
Bottoms, A., Rex, S. & Robinson, G. (2004) (eds.) Alternatives to Prison: Options for an insecure society, Cullompton: Willan.
|Awarding Body:||Ministry of Justice/NOMS|
|People Involved:||Joanna Shapland (PI), Tony Bottoms, Stephen Farrall, Fergus McNeill|
|Title/Description:||Quality in Probation Service|
|Years Funded for:||2010-2012|
|Awarding Body:||Home Office/Ministry of Justice|
|People Involved:||Research team led by Joanna Shapland|
|Title/Description:||Evaluation of 3 Restorative Justice Schemes|
|Years Funded for:||2002-2007|
|Awarding Body:||Esmee Fairbairn Foundation/Police Foundation|
|People Involved:||Tony Bottoms, Sue Rex|
|Title/Description:||Independent review of literature on alternatives to prison|
|Years Funded for:||2003-2004|
Professional Activities and Recognition
- Management Committee member, COST Action 1106 Offender Supervision in Europe
- European Society of Criminology Working Group on Community Sanctions
- International Network of Researchers on Individual Supervision in Probation (CREDOS)
- Editorial Advisory Board Member, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
- International Assessment Board Member, Probation Journal
- Editorial Board Member, International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation (Routledge)
- Management Committee member: REMEDI restorative justice service, South Yorkshire
- Academic member of Quality Assurance sub-group of the South Yorkshire Multi-Agency Public Protection Senior Management Group
Areas of Research Supervision
- Community sanctions/penalties and their administration
- Offender management and rehabilitation
- Restorative Justice