Meet our postgraduate researchers

Mo Ali Qasim

Mo’s research (supervised by Professor Kevin Haines and Dr Stephen Case) looks at the relationship between young Muslims and crime. Growing attention to the subject is compounded by the increasing rate at which young Muslims have been incarcerated. Mo has spent four years with a social group of Muslim youths in an attempt to understand their lives and behaviours.

Mo has a BA in Theology, an MA in Management, a PGCE and has worked as an RE teacher at a secondary school as well as for a homeless organisation.

Aaron Brown

Aaron’s research (supervised by Professor Kevin Haines and Dr Anthony Charles) investigates the Bureau Model of Youth Diversion that aims to treat young offenders in Wales as "children first and offenders second". His study looks at statistics regarding reduced First Time Entrants and Reoffending Rates and documents the views of young people, parents, victims and stakeholders.

Aaron presented papers at the 2015 Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice conference, the (2015) British Society of Criminology (BSC) conference, as well as in Dubrovnik, Croatia in the youth justice stream of the (2015) 'Ethics of Inclusion' conference.

Aaron has a BA (Hons) in Theology from Exeter and a MA in Criminology from Swansea University. 


Sara Correia

Sarah was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 PhD studentship to look at fraud and cybercrime in Wales. She is completing a multidisciplinary training course consisting of taught modules at Swansea's Wales Doctoral Training Centre for Wales,  an internship with South Wales Police’s Cyber Crime Unit,  and expert training from Protect 2020 on methods used by cyber criminals.

In the following research years, Sara will apply quantitative research techniques to analyse data with a view to uncover patters in offending and victim types in South Wales.


Helen Hodges

Helen's PhD (supervised by Professor Kevin Haines and Dr Yuzhi Cai) considers whether the use of novel statistical techniques will allow us to gain a greater understanding of the complex relations between psychosocial and socio-structural factors associated with youth offending. Helen worked in several public sector organisations including children’s services and West Midlands Police where she authored the Birmingham’s Children and Youth People’s Substance Misuse Needs Assessment.

She returned to study through the Open University, completing a maths and statistics degree before an MA in Social Research Methods with Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. 

Bridget Kerr

Bridget’s research (supervised by Professor Peter Raynor and Dr. Pamela Ugwudike) is piloting the use of the Correctional Program Assessment Inventory-2010, an evaluation tool, for the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies in Wales. The former probation officer is working alongside probation practitioners and offenders in Wales to implement, develop and refine the tool.

Bridget’s abstract, From principle to practice: Introducing the Correctional Program Assessment Inventory to UK criminal justice interventions was published by the European Society of Criminology conference (Eurocrim 2013).

David Mair

David (supervised by Dr Stuart Macdonald) is an ESRC-funded PhD candidate investigating the use of social media by supporters and spokespersons of terrorist organisations following an Islamist and jihadist ideology to evaluate the most effective counter-narratives and counter-extremism programmes. David is a member of the multi-institute and inter-disciplinary Cyberterrorism Project.  

He has undertaken a work placement in the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) at the UK Home Office and has completed a visiting scholar programme at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  David is a regular contributor to the NATO Centre of Excellence Defence against Terrorism (COE-DAT) training courses and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute’s (UNICRI) Masterclass on Cyber Threats.

David holds an MSc with distinction from the University of Abertay Dundee in Intelligence and Security Informatics and a BSc with Honours in Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University.  Prior to taking his position as a PhD Candidate, David worked as a Special Constable within Strathclyde Police. 


Gemma Morgan

Gemma’s research (supervised by Dr. Pamela Ugwudike and Professor Peter Raynor) is evaluating the effectiveness of youth justice organisations and interventions in Wales. Gemma is piloting the CPAI-2010 (an evidence-based inventory) to measure the degree to which they adhere to the principles of effective practice that are linked with reductions in re-offending. Gemma presented papers at the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice conference 2015, the British Society of Criminology conference 2014, 2015 and at the European Society of Criminology (Eurocrim) conference 2015.

Gemma has a first class BSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Swansea for which she received an Outstanding Achievement award. Gemma was also nominated for the Swansea University Research Forum research community award and awarded an Ede and Ravenscroft Anniversary Student Prize 2014/15 for for her work with the Student Sex Work Project.