Centre welcomes four new members

Ty Crawshay, Treforest

The Centre for Criminology is pleased to welcome four new members. 

Dr Jo Roberts joins us from the University of Bristol where she was a Senior Research Associate on Reprovide, a Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme (DVPP). Jo’s doctoral research investigated ways in which a woman's experience of domestic abuse may influence her involvement in crime. She currently sits on the Welsh Government's Perpetrator Workstream allowing her to feed into both policy and practice in this field.


Rhian Kinsella is a former Crime Scene Investigator with South Wales Police. She was previously course leader and academic partnership link tutor for Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation at the University of West London. Rhian is a PhD candidate at USW, looking at the mixed economy provision of forensic science to volume crime investigations. Her wider research interests include policing, and miscarriages of justice.


Doctoral student Charlotte Hopkins will be studying the impact that experts by experience have in promoting early, and sustained engagement with drug treatment and support services amongst people with drug disorders. Charlotte has worked both directly and indirectly with adults and young people living with complex needs such as addiction, mental ill-health, homelessness and offending behaviour. She has a strong reputation as a learning and development expert with over two decades of experience - working closely with Public Health Wales, Welsh Government, Skills for Health, the Welsh Areas Planning Boards as well as many local and national service providers. Charlotte's supervisory team comprises Professor Katy Holloway and Dr Marian Buhociu from the Substance Use Research Group, with Dr Rhian Hills (Welsh Government) and Caroline Phipps (Barod).

Julia Williams's doctoral thesis explores the criminal exploitation and the trajectories of missing young people. Her research will be jointly supervised by the Centre for Criminology (Dr Cheryl Allsop and Dr Helen Jones) and the International Centre for Policing and Security (Professor Colin Rogers).