Pamela Ugwudike

Pamela Ugwudike_bigPamela started her academic career at Swansea University, after she completed her Masters Degree (with Distinction) and her Doctorate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University’s Criminology Department. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Criminology.

Pamela was part of an innovative project that explored how to identify and promote evidence-based practices in the Jersey Probation and After-Care Service. The first of its kind in the United Kingdom, the project has generated international interest and has made a significant contribution to knowledge in a previously under-researched area. 

She is now the Director of the Swansea Service Evaluation Team (SSET) which is currently funded by the Youth Justice Board, and is evaluating practices in youth offending teams across Wales.

As an alumna of the Welsh Crucible for Future Research Leaders, Pamela has acquired useful skills that are required for forging interdisciplinary research collaborations, and is in discussion with software developers and Computer Science about ICT applications in criminal justice service evaluation. She is also the current lead coordinator of the Europe chapter of the Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision (CREDOS), which is an international network of academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in developing evidence-based criminal justice practice. The work undertaken by these academics and others has heavily influenced the development of current Criminal Justice policies in the United Kingdom, the United States and across Europe.

As an ethnic minority academic, Pamela understands the importance of giving groups who are vulnerable to marginalization a voice. She is keen to expand her research agenda to incorporate projects that will improve knowledge of how to work effectively with Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) service users in the criminal justice system. She is currently co-editing a text that will bring together, international perspectives on evidence-based criminal justice skills for working with service users, including groups of service users whose voices are often not heard. These groups include women, young people and BAME service users.

Added to her research activities Pamela is also passionate about developing effective teaching and learning strategies. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Society of Criminology’s (BSC’s) Teaching and Learning network, and a member of the BSC’s Critical Criminology network’s steering group.

In her spare time, Pamela is a keen runner and has run several marathons. She is married with 4 children.