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Academic Biography

Maggie’s early career was originally in nursing and then in social work. She started her first academic post at the University of Wolverhampton in 2005 where she was the Head of Department for Childhood, Families and Communities. In 2014 Maggie took up the post of Professional Lead for Criminology at Leeds Beckett University, and in September 2017, she moved to her current post at Teesside University. Maggie is now the Head of Department for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Summary of Research Interests

Maggie’s research interests include the experience of vulnerable groups within the criminal justice system, with a more recent focus on women and mentally disordered offenders. Her recent research has focused on drug recovery within prisons, women’s experiences of imprisonment, and the fear of crime during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maggie is working in partnership with Cleveland Police to explore risk assessment of online sex offenders. She is also working in collaboration with the National Crime Agency to explore the public’s perception of ‘sextortion’ as a crime.

Research Projects & External Funding

  • 2018-2019 A mixed-methods study of the increased security measures in a Drug Recovery Prison. Completed July 2019.
  • 2016-2017 An investigation into gender-specific services in a women’s prison. Completed July 2017
  • 2015-2016 An investigation into patient’s experience of multi-disciplinary ward meetings in a low to medium secure hospital. Completed in December 2016
  • 2015-2016 An investigation into mental health in police custody, commissioned by West Midlands Police. Completed in February 2016
  • 2015-2016 Evaluation of Inter-professional Learning, Leeds Beckett University.
  • 2013-2014 Evaluation of young offenders’ health and well-being of children and young people within the Scottish Children’s Hearing System with the University of Wolverhampton.
  • 2013-2014 Evaluation of play@home for NHS Scotland
  • 2010-2011 Consultation project on the provision of Childcare within the West Midlands with Walsall Local Authority
  • 2007-2009 Every Child Matters, cross-university project/Curriculum design for Integrated Children’s Services

PhD and Research Opportunities

Maggie is currently supervising PhD students in the area of prisons, drugs and young people in precarious employment. Maggie is keen to hear from potential PhD students interested in any of her areas of research.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Peer reviewer for Cogent Social Sciences
  • Peer reviewer for the Police Journal: Theory, Practice & Principles
  • Peer reviewer for the Journal of Criminal Psychology
  • Peer reviewer for the Journal of Policing & Society
  • Member of British Society of Criminology
  • Graduate Member of British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Prison and Offender Research in Social Care and Health Network
  • Associate Member of Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health
  • Member of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol Problems (INEBRIA Group)

External Research Collaborations

  • 2020-2021 National Crime Agency - Public awareness of 'sextortion'
  • 2019-2020 Ministry of Justice - Drug recovery pilot
  • 2019-2021 Cleveland Police - Online sex offenders
  • 2015-2016 Research Consultant for Mental Health Crisis Intervention study - Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2009-2012 Children's Workforce Development Council evaluation of Early Years Professional status longitudinal study advisory group
  • 2008-2010 Member of the CWDC Qualifications Panel
  • 2007-2010 Integrated Services for children, Young People and Families Expert Group
  • 2006-2007 Evaluation Working Party - Children's Centre Derby

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Youth Justice
  • Prison and Prisoner Experience
  • Policing & Mental Health
  • Sexual Offending

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Research Output

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  • Increased Security Measures in a Drug Recovery Prison: Disrupting the Drug Supply

    Bell, V. & Leese, M., 13 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Prison Service Journal.

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    Italian policies to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic risk across the penitentiary system

    Logar Zamar, S. & Leese, M., 28 Mar 2020, In : British Medical Journal. 368, 1 p., 368.

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