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Dr Nicola J Roberts


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Senior Lecturer in Criminology

I graduated in 2006 with my doctorate in Criminology from the University of Bath. For this, I analysed the ways in which the probation service constructed the treatment of intimately violent offenders. Previously, I studied at Teesside University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Criminology. I also studied at the Scarman Centre, at the University of Leicester and graduated with an MSc in Criminology (with distinction). 

For my master's research, I evaluated a domestic violence perpetrator programme delivered by the probation service and an NGO. My interest and links with the probation service stem from my time as a probation practitioner and volunteer.

In 2007, I began my Senior Lectureship in Criminology at the University of Sunderland and in 2009 I obtained my MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University. For this master's research, I aimed to understand what matters to university students and how this played out in their learning. I have continued to carry-out research in the field of gender-based violence and pedagogical research - see my publications.


Teaching and supervision

I teach on BSc (Hons) Criminology where I am module leader for:
  • SSC 222 Offender Management in Criminal Justice 
  • SSC 317 Violence, Gender and Society 
  • SSC 315 Criminology Dissertation - I supervise students researching domestic violence, and/or the probation service/CRCs.

I teach on MSc Practice Development and the following modules:
  • SSC M17 Risk, Austerity and Neoliberalism
  • SSC M20 Research Project in Practice Development (Criminal Justice) - I supervise  students researching the probation service/CRCs.

I teach on MSc Inequality and Society where I am module leader for:
  • SSC M24 Gender-based Violence and Society.

Research interests for potential research students

I currently supervise a Professional Doctorate student who is a practitioner in the probation service.

My research interests are:
  • Domestic violence
  • Prosecuting and punishing perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Rehabilitation and offender management of domestic violence offenders
  • The probation service/CRCs
  • Gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence and student safety at university

Research

I have two active areas of research:
  • Criminological research:
I am currently evaluating a Bystander Intervention.
I am currently carrying out further research into student safety on campus.
  • Pedagogical research:
I am currently carrying out retention research.

Publications

Number of items: 30.

Article

Roberts, Nicola, Donovan, Catherine and Durey, Matthew (2019) Agency, Resistance and the Non-'Ideal' Victim: How women deal with sexual violence. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 3 (3). pp. 323-338. ISSN 2398-6808

Roberts, Nicola (2018) Gender, Sexual Danger and the Everyday Management of Risks: The social control of young females. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 3 (1). pp. 29-44. ISSN 2398-6808

Roberts, Nicola (2013) Teaching Academics to Teach: About Pedagogy. Emerge, 5. pp. 1-16.

Book Section

Roberts, Nicola (2018) Inspecting ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’: The pitfalls of an austerity managerialist approach to offender supervision. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave, pp. 121-146. ISBN 9783319791203

Roberts, Nicola (2013) 'Probation and Risk: The paradox of 'rehabilitating' intimately violent men'. In: Constructing Risky Identities in Policy and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 163-180. ISBN 978-1-137-27608-7

Monograph

Roberts, Nicola and Price, Demi (2019) Gendered Perceptions of Domestic Violence: How young females are more likely than young males to know controlling domestic violence behaviours. Working Paper. CASS.

Roberts, Nicola and Price, Demi (2019) Gendered Perceptions of Domestic Violence: how young females are more likely than young males to know controlling domestic violence behaviours. Working Paper. CASS, University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2016) Emerald Project Interim Report. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola and Durey, Matthew (2015) The Criminology Retention Project: First-year preliminary findings. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) Understanding Student Retention from the Tutor’s Perspective: What can be done to develop best-practice pedagogies? Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola and Wilcock, Angela (2011) Tyneside Rape Crisis Centre Grace - Northumberland Sexual Violence Project: Evaluation and sustainability report. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John, Merchant, Jacqueline and Roberts, Nicola (2011) An exploration of the impact of the Coalition Government's spending review on the North East and how the Department of Social Sciences might respond. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2010) Understanding Student Retention: What can be done to enhance students' experiences of academic study. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Conference or Workshop Item

Roberts, Nicola and Marsh, Heaven (2020) A Statistical Evaluation of a Bystander Project. In: Postgraduate & Final Year Undergraduate Research Conference, 29 January 2020, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola and Marsh, Heaven (2019) Evaluation of the Bystander Project: A statistical analysis. In: CASS Seminar Series, 27 Nov 2019, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola, Donovan, Catherine and Durey, Matthew (2019) Challenging Boundaries: How students construct and navigate boundaries of safety based on their gendered and/or racialised subjectivities. In: First Annual FES Research Conference: Boundary Breaking, 4 June 2019, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola, Donovan, Catherine and Durey, Matthew (2019) Landscapes of Safety: The construction and navigation of the urban landscape by students based on their gendered and/or racialised subjectivities. In: Cass Seminar Series, 22 May 2019, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola, Donovan, Catherine, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2018) Agency, Resistance and the Non ‘Ideal Victim’: How women deal with everyday sexual violence. In: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2018, Birmingham City University. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2018) Positioning Universities as a source of Help when Gender Based Violence, Harassment and/or Hate Are Experienced by Students. In: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2018, Birmingham City University. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola and Donovan, Catherine (2017) Agency, Resistance And The Non ‘Ideal Victim’: How Women Deal With Everyday Sexual Violence. In: CASS Seminar Series., 29 Nov 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine and Roberts, Nicola (2017) Developing and Promoting Safer Communities of Learners. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, 10-12 Jul 2017, Durham University. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2017) Help-Seeking of Students. In: Symposium, Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Universities, 14 Mar 2017, Newcastle University. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2017) Initial Findings from the Emerald Project: Exploring relationships between structural vulnerabilities and perceptions and experiences of violence and abuse amongst students. In: CASS Seminar Series, 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2016) Increasing Visibility and Control in the Environment to Stay Safe: Students’ Strategies and the Significance of Gender. In: CASS Seminar Series, 2016, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola and Durey, Matthew (2015) The Criminology Retention Project: Developing a methodology to monitor student retention. In: North East Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, Student Engagement, 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola and Durey, Matthew (2014) Teaching Gendered Violence: The impact upon students’ thoughts (and attitudes). In: Learning Enhancement Conference, 2014, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) Managing Men's Risks of Harm: Women's rights to safety, and the responsibility of the 'state' for intimate partner violence. In: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2011, Northumbria University. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) The National Probation Service and Intimate Partner Violence: A discourse of risk, compliant men and the acceptance of violence against women. In: Equalities and Social Justice Research Seminar Series, March 2011, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) Understanding Student Retention from the Tutor's Perspective: What can be done to develop best-practice pedagogies? In: Learning Enhancement Conference, 2011, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2009) Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Some challenges for probation-run perpetrator programmes. In: Northern Rock Foundation Seminar Series, 2009, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Thu May 28 20:18:44 2020 BST.
My areas of expertise focus on domestic violence particularly examining the criminal justice response to domestic violence offenders, notably the punishment and rehabilitation of such offenders. More recently, I specialise in researching gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence and student safety at university. 
External Examiner
I am currently an external (module) examiner for a suite of modules on a range of undergraduate criminology programmes at Teesside University.

Professional Recognition
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Last updated 02 December 2019