Principal Lecturer/Team Leader Social Studies/Head of CASS
I am a member of the Senior Leadership team in the Faculty of Education and Society and a member of the University’s ‘Enabled’ network. I am an experienced researcher and Principal Investigator and have a track record of producing outputs in a range of formats to be accessible to both practitioners and academics. My research has focused on gender inequality in the workplace, vulnerability in the form of learning disabilities and mental illness, and disability. I am the Head of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences at the University of Sunderland, co-chair of the DISCRIM network which focuses on vulnerability in the Justice System, and a member of the management group for PORSCH, a regional academic and practitioner network of HEIs and Criminal Justice organisations for Prisoner and Offender Research in Social Care and Health.
I am Principal Lecturer and Team Lead for Social Studies within the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Education and Society with responsibility for 11 degree programmes, 38 staff members and approximately 700 students. I act as Chair for University Academic Appeals, and Academic Misconduct Panels. I am an advanced practitioner in the University of Sunderland Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Senior Fellow of the HEA.My research and teaching interests focus broadly on participation, inequality, vulnerability and disability. I have significant experience of designing and conducting research, of academic leadership, and of leading enterprise and innovation projects to successful completion with dissemination outputs for academia and for practice.
Teaching and supervision
- SSC109 Introduction to Criminology
- SSC113 Applied Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences
- SSC223 Applied Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences
- SSC311 Re-imagining Crime and Criminology
- WBLM14 Critical Decision Making in Investigations
I supervise undergraduate dissertations in Sociology and Criminology and am currently supervising eight doctoral projects in policing, sociology, health, and criminology.
Research interests for potential research students
- Social impacts of new technology and new media
- 'Vulnerable' suspects and offenders
My doctoral thesis was entitled "From Underground Hacking to Ethical Hacking"; a Critical Realist approach is taken in applying a Bounded Rational Model in order to understand criminal involvement, persistence and desistance within the area of Cybercrime.
I followed this work with an international survey in collaboration with Professor Alastair Irons which considers barriers for women in the cybersecurity industry.
My current research interests relate to vulnerable suspects and offenders. I am currently writing around the impacts of neurodivergent conditions, disabling barriers in custody, and disability studies in Criminology.
My recent reports and publications have focused on vulnerable suspects, vulnerable voluntary offenders, appropriate adults, service user participation and speech language and communication needs of suspects and offenders.
Macdonald, Stephen J, Peacock, Donna, Cosgrove, Faye and Podd, Wendy (2020) ‘The Silence’: Examining the missing voices of disabled people in police custody. Disability & Society. ISSN 0968-7599
Peacock, Donna (2018) 100 years of votes for women: Why I am not celebrating yet. British Sociological Association.
Peacock, Donna and Cosgrove, Faye (2017) Appropriate Adult: Innovative scheme fills ‘gaping hole’ in service provision. Policing Insight.
Peacock, Donna and Irons, Alastair (2017) Gender Inequality in Cybersecurity: Exploring the Gender Gap in Opportunities and Progression. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 9 (1). ISSN 2040-0748
Peacock, Donna and Cosgrove, Faye (2018) The ‘New Normal’: Framing Vulnerability, Entitlement and Responsibility in Police Custody in Austere Times. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 243. ISBN 9783319791203
Peacock, Donna and Hutchinson, Patrick (2021) Report into Investigative Interviewing of Vulnerable Suspects during Voluntary Interviews in England and Wales 2019/2020. Technical Report. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)
Reveley, Samantha, Connelly, Sarah and Peacock, Donna (2021) Northumbria Local Appropriate Adult Scheme Annual Evaluation 2021. Other. Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Newcastle. (Submitted)
Peacock, Donna and Cosgrove, Faye (2021) Supporting 'Vulnerable' Detainees through a Student Volunteering Service. Working Paper. CASS Working Paper No. 7, Sunderland, UK.
Cosgrove, Faye and Peacock, Donna (2017) Northumbria Local Appropriate Adult Scheme: Interim Evaluation. Technical Report. UNSPECIFIED.
Conference or Workshop Item
Hutchinson, Patrick, Peacock, Donna and Holland, Clare (2021) Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in Police Custody Settings: The importance of screening and intervention. In: CASS Public Lecture Series, 24th November 2021, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna, Hutchinson, Patrick and Holland, Clare (2021) Screening for Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in Police Custody Settings. In: Eurocrim Conference 2021 Criminology in a time of Pandemic, 8-10th September 2021, Virtual Conference. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna, Macdonald, Stephen J, Cosgrove, Faye and Podd, Wendy (2021) Examining the missing voices of disabled people in police custody. In: BSC Annual Conference 2021 Crime and Harm: Challenges of social and global justice, June 28th - July 1st, Virtual Conference. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna and Cosgrove, Faye (2021) Imagining new futures for the vulnerable detained: Disempowerment, governmentality and dispositifs of control in the police station’. In: BSA Annual Conference 2021: Remaking the Future, 13th 15th April 2021, Virtual Conference. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna and Cosgrove, Faye (2019) Identifying ‘vulnerability’ in police custody: The impact of the 2018 revisions to PACE code C for police officer decision making. In: Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference 2019, 3rd- 5th April 2019, Leeds university. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna and Cosgrove, Faye (2019) Disempowerment, governmentality and dispositifs of control in the police station. In: 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: ConverGENT Convergent roads, bridges and new pathways in criminology, 18th-21st September 2019, Ghent. (Unpublished)
Cosgrove, Faye and Peacock, Donna (2017) Northumbria Local Volunteer Appropriate Adult Scheme: Supporting 'vulnerable' detainees through student volunteering. In: CASS Public Lecture, 15th December 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna and Cosgrove, Faye (2017) Northumbria Local Appropriate Adult Scheme: Working Together to Support Vulnerable Adults in Police Custody. In: Joint summit of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the National Police Chiefs Council, 2nd November 2017, London. (Unpublished)
Cosgrove, Faye and Peacock, Donna (2017) Northumbria Local Appropriate Adult Scheme: Presentation of Interim Evaluation and Recommendations. In: Presented to the OPCC for Northumbria and Superintendant for Criminal Justice for Northumbria Police, 28th October, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna and Irons, Alastair (2017) Mind The Gap! : Explaining Gender Inequality in Cybersecurity. In: CASS Public Lecture, 1st March 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna and Irons, Alastair (2016) Women in Cybersecurity: Closed Doors, Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings. In: North East Crime Research Network (NECRN) Conference 2016, 16th April 2016, Northumbria University. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna and Irons, Alastair (2015) Gender and Cybersecurity: Encouragement, Opportunities, Progression. In: 11th Annual Teaching Computer Forensics Conference, 19th November 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
Peacock, Donna (2014) Ethical Approaches to Computer Hacking: From Underground Hacking to Ethical Hacking. In: CASS Public Lecture, 26th February 2014, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
- Social impacts of new technology and new media
- Vulnerable offenders