Dr Pamela Ugwudike

My research focuses on studying criminal justice policy and practice to identify and highlight the wider structural factors that inform the experiences of people who are subject to criminal justice intervention in prison and the community.

The research projects I lead explore how to integrate social justice principles in criminal justice policy and practice. So far, I have led projects that promote the implementation of practice principles that ameliorate the structural marginalisation that often intersects with vulnerability to criminal justice intervention.

I have written texts and journal articles that have explored issues such as the construction of compliance in penal settings, and the limited efficacy of probation enforcement policies compared with policies based on social justice principles.

I am currently completing two edited texts that will explore policy and practice principles that promote social inclusion and full citizenship for all.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Inclusionary Practices in the Youth and Adult Justice Systems
  • Evidence-Based Penal Policy and Practice

Publications

  1. Understanding Compliance Dynamics in Community Justice Settings. International Criminal Justice Review 27(1), 40-59.
  2. The Dynamics of Service User Participation and Compliance in Community Justice Settings. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
  3. An Introduction to Critical Criminology. University of Bristol: Policy Press.
  4. & Supervision Skills and Practices: The Jersey Study. In Ioan Durnescu and Fergus McNeill (Ed.), Understanding Penal Practice. Routledge.
  5. & The impact of skills in probation work: A reconviction study. Criminology and Criminal Justice 14(2), 235-249.

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Teaching

  • ASC212 Criminological Theory: Content and Application

    This module provides students with an understanding of criminology as a theoretical and applied discipline. Therefore, the module analyses criminological theories of crime and deviance, and explores the application of the theories in real life cases. The module analyses competing orthodox, critical and realist theories and perspectives. It is delivered through interactive sessions that give students the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which each of the theories applies in real life cases. Students are guided through the processes of applying each theory to topical and sometimes contentious crimes, acts of deviance, and punishments. By applying the theories to real life cases, students have the opportunity to evaluate the competing theories, their limitations, their contributions as explanations of crime and deviance, and their impact on crime control policies.

  • ASC214 Applied Criminal Justice

    This module provides students with an understanding of the evidence-based skills and practices criminal justice practitioners such as probation officers, youth justice workers, and prison officers should employ to work effectively with service users. The latter are people who are serving court orders under the supervision of probation officers or prison officers. Students will also gain first hand/practical experience of: ¿ Using an evaluation instrument to evaluate the quality of a programme criminal justice practitioners deliver to service users. ¿ Producing an evaluation report for key stakeholders such as criminal justice agencies and government bodies.

  • ASCM13 Applied Criminal Justice

    This module provides students with an understanding of competing penal philosophies and conventional penal practice. In terms of the latter, students acquire understanding of the evidence-based skills and practices criminal justice practitioners such as probation officers, youth justice workers, and prison officers should employ to work effectively with service users. The latter are people who are serving court orders under the supervision of probation officers, youth justice workers, or prison officers. Students also gain first hand/practical experience of: ¿ Using an evaluation instrument to evaluate the quality of a programme criminal justice practitioners deliver to service users ¿ Producing an evaluation report for key stakeholders such as criminal justice agencies and government bodies.

  • ASCM43 Dissertation ( Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology)

    Students will write a dissertation on a criminological topic of their own choice.

Supervision

  • Criminal Justice service delivery: A multi-faceted evaluation of programme integrity and treatment outcomes. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Raynor
    Other supervisor: Dr Pamela Ugwudike
  • "A Multi-Dimensional Evaluation of Youth Justice Practices and Outcomes" (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Pamela Ugwudike
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Raynor

Research Groups

  • The Swansea Service Evaluation Team

    I am the Director of the Swansea Service Evaluation Team (SSET) which is a research team that is based in the College of Law and Criminology. SSET evaluates criminal justice services to identify and promote practices that are diversionary and rooted in social justice principles. SSET’s research partners are mainly Criminal Justice agencies including the National Probation Service, the Youth Justice Board, and Prison Services.

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • An Evaluation of The Statutory Orders Team, Swansea Youth Offending Service, Using CPAI-2001, Welsh Government 2011 - 2012

    , £10,000

  • Welsh Crucible, London Probation Trust 2012 - 2012

    , with Multidisciplinary team of researchers based in Swansea University, Bangor and Cardiff University, £10,000

  • Review of Research Literature on Effective Criminal Justice Practice, London Probation Trust 2013 - 2013

    , with Professor Peter Raynor, £10,000

  • Placement at the London Probation Trust, Strategic Insight Programme 2013 - 2013

    , £2,500

  • A Multi-Dimensional Evaluation of Youth Justice Practices and Outcomes, ESRC 0.5 PhD Studentship 2011

    , £36,000

  • Criminal Justice Service delivery: A Multi-Faceted Evaluation of Programme Integrity and Treatment Outcomes, ESRC 0.5 PhD Studentship 2013

    , £36,000

  • Evaluations of Three Youth Offending Teams to assess Practice Principles, Youth Justice Board 2014 - 2015

    , £13,243

  • Follow up Evaluations of Three Youth Offending Teams to assess Practice Principles, Youth Justice Board 2015

    , £8,000

  • Symposium on Innovative Approaches to Evaluating Criminal Justice, ESRC/Wales Doctoral Training College 2016 - 2016

    , £2,000

  • Developing A Cyber-Evaluation Technology for Evaluating Criminal Justice Practice, Cherish-De Centre. 2016

    , with Professor Peter Raynor , £4,544.48

  • Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Evaluation of Women’s Projects,Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Cymru 2016

    , £5,000

  • The Impact of a Mindfulness-Based (Emotional Intelligence) Approach in a Community Justice Setting, National Offender Management Service (NOMS) 2017

    , £10,010.75

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Unfair Practice Officer - Criminology Department

    2016 - Present

  • Deputy Chair - Ethics Committee, College of Law and Criminology

    2015 - Present

  • Director - MA Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology Programme, Criminology Department

    2014 - Present

  • Member - College of Law and Criminology

    2014 - 2015

  • College Research Committee, - College of Law and Criminology

    2014 - 2015

  • Director - Swansea Service Evaluation Team, College of Law and Criminology

    2013 - Present

  • Chair - Staff Student Liaison Committee, Criminology Department

    2013 - 2016

  • Marketing Officer - Criminology Department

    2011 - 2012

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology - Criminology Department

    2009 - Present

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology – Wales Branch
  • Member of the Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision (CREDOS)
  • Member of the European Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice
  • Member of the Working Committee on Community Sanctions (European Society of Criminology

Innovation and Engagement activities

  • Kkeynote speaker: Monash University, Prato - International Conference on Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients: International Perspectives - (Forthcoming 2018)
  • Invited speaker: Youth Justice Board Practice Development Panel (October 2017)
  • Co-Chair: British Society of Criminology, Critical Criminology Network, 2016 – Present
  • Convener: Symposium on Innovative Approaches to Evaluating Criminal Justice Practice
  • Invited speaker: Dublin Institute of Technology: Seminar on Constructions of Compliance in Community Justice Settings (June 2015)
  • Invited speaker: Youth Justice Board Practice Development Panel (March 2013)
  • Keynote Speaker: Risk Management Authority (Scottish Government) Conference, Engaging in change: New directions, new approaches in criminal justice practice. Dunblane Hilton (2013)