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Samantha Reveley

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Senior Lecturer, BSc Criminology Programme Leader, SFHEA

I joined the School of Social Sciences at the University of Sunderland in 2017. Prior to this, I was an Associate Tutor at Newcastle University. I have over eight years of experience in higher education and I am passionate about supporting students from a diverse range of backgrounds to access academia and the opportunities it brings for future success.

My research interests are underpinned by posthuman and new materialist frameworks with my passion lying within researching desistance through exploring the entangled realities individuals experience when transitioning away from criminality. My broader interests include researching young people's criminality and victimisation, surveillance, and identity development.

I served as the Scheme Manager for the Northumbria Local Appropriate Adult Scheme for five years where I was responsible for providing 24/7 coverage across the Northumbria police force area for detainees identified as vulnerable in custody.

Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Criminology. In addition to these roles, I am also the Faculty Lead for Academic Misconduct and a Scrutineer on ASQSC panels providing valuable support for quality assurance in programme modification and validation.

Teaching and supervision

I currently module lead and teach on the following modules:

  • CRM103 The Youth Paradox: Criminological Perspectives of Young People
  • CRM302 Doing Desistance: Being and Becoming an Ex-Offender
  • SOC332 Social Science Dissertation

Research interests for potential research students

  • Desistance from crime
  • Life course transitions
  • Identity reformulation
  • Motherhood transitions
  • Vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System


My research interests are predominantly based within exploring desistance from crime from a posthuman-materialist perspective that recognises the entangled realities of humans and more than human matter in everyday life. 

I am actively researching the Continuity of Appropriate Adult Services for Vulnerable Suspects During the Covid-19 Pandemic in collaboration with Dr. Donna Peacock (University of West Scotland) and Sarah Connelly (University of Sunderland). 

I have previously conducted research on the effectiveness of youth offending team interventions in collaboration with the Sunderland Youth Offending Team as well as research on Becoming Mum: Exploring the Emergence and Formulation of a Mother’s Identity During the Transition into Motherhood.


Number of items: 7.

Book Section

Reveley, Samantha (2019) Becoming mum: exploring the emergence and Formulation of a mother’s identity during the transition into motherhood. In: Childbearing and the Changing Nature of Parenthood:The Contexts, Actors, and Experiences of Having Children. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, 14 . Emerald Publishing, Bingley, pp. 23-51. ISBN 9781838670672

Reports, briefing/ working papers

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)

Conference or Workshop Item

Reveley, Samantha (2023) (Re)thinking ‘Desistance’: Putting to work a Posthuman Materialist Framework to Reframe Desistance. In: 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 06-09 September 2023, Florence, Italy.

Reveley, Samantha, Connelly, Sarah and Peacock, Donna (2022) COVID-19 AND POLICE CUSTODY: �COMPOUNDING VULNERABILITY AMONG APPROPRIATE ADULT SERVICE USERS. In: EUROCRIM Conference Malaga 2022, 21-24 September 2022, Malaga.

Reveley, Samantha, Connelly, Sarah and Peacock, Donna (2022) COVID-19 and Police Custody: Compounding Vulnerability Among Appropriate Adult Service Users. In: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Reimagining Criminological Futures: New Criminologies in a Changing World, 29th June-1st July, 2022, University of Surrey. (Unpublished)

Reveley, Samantha (2019) Deconstructing Myths of Motherhood: Young Women and the Making of Positive Future Selves. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Reveley, Samantha (2019) Becoming Mum: Identity and the Transition into Motherhood. In: Nature, Nurture, Future, 23/03/2019, Thought Foundation @ Clarity House. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Sat Jul 20 06:20:37 2024 BST.
  • Desistance from crime
  • Posthumanism
  • New Materialism
  • Identity formation
  • Identity transitions
  • Vulnerability in the criminal justice system
  • Vulnerability in police custody
    • The role of appropriate adult provisions 

Last updated 13 May 2024