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Lisa Napper

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Academic Tutor

I gained my BSc Sociology (2018), MSc Practice Development in Community and Youth work (2019) and PCET/PGCE (2021) at the University of Sunderland.

I have been active within the voluntary sector of Youth Justice System working with young people on the restorative justice panels. Most recently, my roles have involved overseeing the rehabilitation, managing offending behaviour and transitioning adults from forensic mental health treatment into community resettlement.

I joined the University of Sunderland as an Academic Tutor in 2020 and I currently teach across Sociology and Criminology. My  academic interests sit within social problems and policies, experiences of single parent families, deviancy and youth crime, social harm and restorative justice.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the following modules:

  • CRM102 Criminal Justice: Theory and Practice
  • CRM103 Youth paradox: Criminological perspectives of young people
  • SOC133 Social Inequalities in society
  • SSC315 Criminology dissertation

Research interests for potential research students

  • Youth crime and restorative justice
  • Deviancy and social harm
  • Single parent studies
  • Community development 

I also specialise in Qualitative research methods.


My undergraduate research explored the ways in which single parents were marginalised through social policy and socio-economical factors.

My masters research explored the benefits of a community garden project on service users within the North East and examined ways in which the service could developed to meet the needs of the service users.

  • Youth crime and restorative justice
  • Impacts of social policy
  • Marginalisation and deviancy 
  • Community participation and practice development

Last updated 25 July 2022