About us

Pamela Ugwudike – Pamela Ugwudike is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on evidence-based criminal justice policy and practice and she has led research projects that have explored how best to embed research evidence in real world youth justice, probation and prison practice. Her research projects have been funded by the Welsh Government, the Youth Justice Board, the National Probation Service, and the Prison Advice and Care Trust. Dr Ugwudike’s publications focus mainly on criminal justice research and her recent texts include: What Works in Offender Compliance: International Perspectives and Evidence-Based Practice (2013), co-edited with Professor Peter Raynor published internationally by Palgrave Macmillan, Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International Research on Supporting Rehabilitation and Desistance (Forthcoming 2017), published by Policy Press, and the Routledge Companion to Rehabilitation in Criminal Justice (Forthcoming 2018), which is an internationally published text co-edited with Professors Peter Raynor, Fergus McNeill, Faye Taxman, Chris Trotter, and Dr Hannah Graham. In addition, Dr Ugwudike sits on several professional and allied committees. For example, she is a member of the British Society of Criminology’s Executive Committee, the Offender Health Research Network in Wales (OHRN-Cymru), and the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Research Advisory Committee.


Jill Annison – Jill Annison is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Plymouth.  In the early part of her career she worked as a probation officer and as a specialist social worker in a closed remand and assessment centre for young women.  Her initial role within academia focused on probation officer training and her teaching and research has continued to centre on probation and interventions with adult offenders.  From 2012-2014 she was part of an ESRC-funded research project which investigated the operation of a community justice court in the South West of England.  Since then she has specialised issues relating to women offenders:  in 2015, together with Jo Brayford and John Deering, she co-wrote several chapters and co-edited the book ‘Women  and Criminal Justice:  From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation’ and in 2016 she collaborated with colleagues on the project ‘The Resettlement of Women Offenders: Learning the Lessons’.  More recently she has co-edited – with Pamela Ugwudike and Peter Raynor – the book ‘Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International Research on Supporting Rehabilitation and Desistance’ (forthcoming December 2017).  She is a Fellow of the Probation Institute and sits on their Research Committee and on their Academic Advisory Panel.


Professor Chris Trotter – Professor Chris Trotter works in the Social Work Department Monash University in Australia and is Director of the Monash Criminal Justice Research Consortium. Prior to his appointment to Monash University he worked for many years as a community corrections officer and regional manager in the Victorian Department of Justice. He has undertaken more than 30 research projects and published 7 books and more than 100 papers predominantly on the subject of effective supervision of offenders. His book Working with Involuntary Clients, is now in its third edition and is published by 7 different publishers in six different languages.