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Laura Robertson

Research Assistant in Youth and Justice and Social and Restorative Justice

Greenbank Building, GR236

+44 (0) 1772 89 5881

lrobertson7@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Laura is a Research Assistant in the Youth and Justice and Social and Restorative Justice strands of the Criminal Justice Partnership based at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests are in youth justice, restorative justice, women in the criminal justice system, policy studies and creative approaches to qualitative research. She is also a PhD Researcher in Criminology at the University of Glasgow researching the Whole System Approach to Youth Offending in Scotland.

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After graduating with a MSc in Public Policy from the University of Glasgow in 2012, Laura began a Scottish Government and Economic and Social Research Council co-funded PhD in Criminology examining the Whole System Approach to Youth Offending in Scotland. Her PhD research explored multi-agency practitioner and policy actors’ perspectives of Early and Effective Intervention and Diversion from Prosecution processes. A mixed methods approach was taken involving interviews with practitioners and policy actors; documentary analysis of policy documents and legislation; and quantitative analysis of police data.

Alongside her PhD, Laura has also gained related experience in policy, research and practice through internships at the Scottish Government and a third sector organisation, working on commissioned Scottish Government projects including the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and volunteering with a young persons’ befriending service.

Qualifications

  • MSc Public Policy, University of Glasgow, 2012
  • MA Public Policy, University of Glasgow, 2009

Membership of professional and learned bodies

PhD Researcher at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research 

Research

Research Activities

Laura’s current research interests lie in the areas of youth justice, desistance, social and restorative justice, women in the criminal justice system, ethnicity and creative approaches to qualitative research.

Projects

Laura is involved in various projects under the Youth and Justice and Social and Restorative Justice strands of the Criminal Justice Partnership.

Conferences

European Society of Criminology Conference
September 2015, Porto
Presentation title: Implementing and Embedding a New Youth Justice Strategy: Multi-agency Perspectives

UK Data Service Crime Survey User Conference
December 2014, London
Presentation title: Changes in drug use over time in Scotland from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2012/13

European Forum for Restorative Justice Conference
June 2014, Queen’s University, Belfast
Presentation Title: Scotland’s novel approach to youth offending: restorative justice and the Whole System Approach