Professor Joanna Shapland
Position: Professor of Criminal Justice / Head of School
Email Address: J.M.Shapland@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6712
Room No: CF02
- M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon)
- Dip. Criminol. (Cantab)
- Chartered Forensic Psychologist
Teaching and Learning
My research interests feed directly into my teaching. At undergraduate level, I have started an optional course on Restorative Justice, which draws from our major national evaluation of three big restorative justice schemes in England, as well as my work for the EU on restorative justice trends worldwide. I also lecture on research methods, in Introducing Criminological Research, with a focus on the methods and skills needed to evaluate criminal justice initiatives – we have undertaken large numbers of evaluations for the UK government. At postgraduate level, the module Responding to Crime in Europe looks at how different European countries are meeting the challenges of responding to crime, through prosecution and crime prevention, as well as their services for victims.
The modules I teach are:
|Undergraduate||Postgraduate and MA|
|Introducing Criminological Research (Convenor)||Responding to Crime in Europe (Convenor)|
|Restorative Justice (Convenor)|
My research interests span victimisation and victimology, restorative justice, business and crime, the informal economy, desistance, crime prevention and social control, and comparative criminal justice.
Currently, I am engaged in research for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on what is quality in probation supervision, as well as continuing to analyse our work on how offenders stop committing offences (desistance). I am also writing about worldwide trends in restorative justice.
Member of the Centre for Criminological Research.
Member of the Management Group of the Centre for Well-being in Public Policy (University Research Centre).
Shapland, J., Robinson, G. and Sorsby, A. (2011) Restorative justice in practice. London: Routledge
Bottoms, A.E. and Shapland, J. (2011) Steps towards desistance among male young adult recidivists. In S. Farrall, M. Hough, S. Maruna and R. Sparks (eds) Escape routes: contemporary perspectives on life after punishment. London: Routledge, pp. 43-80.
Shapland, J. and Bottoms, A.E. (2011) Reflections on social values, offending and desistance among young adult recidivists, Punishment and Society, vol 13(3), pp. 256-291.
Shapland, J., and Hall, M. (2010) Victims at court: necessary accessories or centre stage?. In A.E. Bottoms and J. Roberts (eds) Hearing the victim: adversarial justice, crime victims and the State. Cambridge Criminal Justice series. Cullompton: Willan, pp. 163-199.
Knepper, P., Doak, J. and Shapland, J. (eds) (2009) Urban crime prevention, surveillance and restorative justice: effects of social technologies. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis
Shapland, J. and Ponsaers, P. (eds) (2009) The informal economy and connections with organised crime: the impact of national social and economic policies. The Hague: Boom Juridische Uitgevers, Reeks Het groene gras (in English).
|Title/Description:||Quality of engagement in probation practice and evaluation of SEED training
The research is designed to look at what probation staff see as quality in supervision of people on probation or on licence. A literature review is being followed by interviews with probation staff and observation of current practice, as well as evaluation of the SEED training initiative. The project is designed to support NOMS’ Offender Engagement Programme.
|Awarding Body:||National Offender Management Service|
|People Involved:||Joanna Shapland, Anthony Bottoms, Stephen Farrall, Gwen Robinson and Fergus McNeill (Glasgow University)|
|Years Funded for:||2010-2012|
Evaluating conferencing and mediation
This EU funded project involves the European Forum on Restorative Justice, the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven, the Youth Conferencing Scheme of Northern Ireland, Eigen Kracht (The Netherlands) and mediation services in Belgium, as well as Professor Shapland. Running from 2008-2011, it aims to compare what is known about conferencing and mediation in restorative justice.
|Title/Description:||Evaluation of Restorative Justice Schemes (Crime Reduction Programme)
The project, directed by Professor Shapland, has evaluated three schemes, Justice Research Consortium, REMEDI and CONNECT, which were funded by the Home Office to run restorative justice schemes dealing with offenders within the criminal justice process. The schemes included both adult and juvenile offenders and worked at all stages of criminal justice from pre-court to prison and probation sentences, using both conferencing and mediation. The evaluation has followed the implementation of the schemes, interviewing offenders and victims, observing conferences, and looking at reconviction. It has fed directly into the government’s 2010-11 consultation paper and plans for the criminal justice system.
|Awarding Body:||Home Office|
|People Involved:||Joanna Shapland (with Anne Atkinson, Helen Atkinson, Emily Colledge, James Dignan, Jeremy Hibbert, Marie Howes, Jennifer Johnstone, Gwen Robinson, and Angela Sorsby, together with Becca Chapman and Rachel Pennant of the Home Office, and NFO Europe Social Research)|
|Years Funded for:||01/08/2001 to 30/06/2007|
|Title/Description:||The Young Adult Desistance Study of the ESRC Cambridge Network on the Social Contexts of Paths in Crime (SCOPIC)
The main aim of the SCOPIC research network is to achieve a better understanding of pathways in and out of crime as a result of interactions between individual characteristics and behavioural contexts, and to assist in the development of improved public policies reducing criminality and enhancing individuals' life chances, particularly in disadvantaged urban areas. SCOPIC, which was co-ordinated by the University of Cambridge (director, P-O Wikstrom), involved four UK sites, the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Huddersfield and King's College London, as well as collaborating North American and European sites. The Sheffield study, directed by Tony Bottoms and Joanna Shapland, is a longitudinal study of desistance by young adult offenders, selected from a probation based sample and followed for four years.
|Awarding Body:||ESRC and subsequently The Leverhulme Trust|
|People Involved:||Anthony Bottoms and Joanna Shapland (with Helen Atkinson, Andrew Costello, Deidre Healy, Deborah Holmes and Grant Muir)|
|Years Funded for:||01/10/2002 to date|
|Title/Description:||Work on the informal economy and its connections with organised crime
CRIMPREV, funded under the EU´s Sixth Framework Project, was coordinated by Rene Levy (CNRS, Director of GERN, Paris) and covers trends in crime and the response to crime across Europe. There are five substantive workpackages of seminars and research, of which Professor Shapland has coordinated the workpackage on the interactions between the informal economy and organised crime, which held five seminars in the UK, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands over 2006-2009 and has published a book and a double special issue of a journal. The team has now been granted further funding to develop further research on the informal economy
|People Involved:||Joanna Shapland|
|Funded for:||01/07/2006 - 30/06/2009|
Professional Activities and Recognition
Executive Editor, International Review of Victimology (from September 2002, Co-Editor from 1989; Associate Editor 1988-9).
Member of the Editorial Board or International Board of the International Journal of the Legal Profession, Déviance et Société, the Security Journal, and Legal Ethics.
U.K. representative on the Comite de Groupement (governing council) of GERN (Groupe Européen de Recherche sur les Normativités: a French- and English-speaking European network of criminologists and those working in socio-legal studies, with some 35 institutional members (university departments and government research institutes) and numerous individual members (since 1990).
Assessor for the Hong Kong national research committee for research proposals on criminology and criminal justice (since 1998).
Member of the international steering group evaluating of INTERVICT, the European institute on victims research founded at the University of Tilburg in 2006.
Member of the UK Government Partnership on Work-Related Violence (since 1998).
Areas of Research Supervision
- Criminal justice
- Victimisation, victimology and victims in the criminal justice system
- Restorative justice
- Business and crime
- Offending, desistance and offending careers