Dr Gwen Robinson

School of Law

Reader in Criminal Justice

Gwen Robinson
g.j.robinson@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6863

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Dr Gwen Robinson
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
Sheffield
S3 7ND
Profile

I studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Sussex, and went on to complete an MSc in Applied Social Studies and a Diploma in Social Work at the University of Oxford, specialising in probation practice.

After working as a researcher at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminological Research, I completed a PhD at the University of Wales, Swansea.

My thesis examined the changing contours of probation practice and in particular the influence of risk assessment technologies on the rehabilitation and management of offenders.

In the last 15 years I have been involved in a number of empirical research projects and have published in the areas of: offender rehabilitation and management; community sanctions/penalties; and restorative justice.

I initially came to work in the School of Law in 2002 as a member of a large research team which conducted a major evaluation of Restorative Justice schemes for the Home Office/Ministry of Justice (led by Joanna Shapland).

The book Restorative Justice in Practice: Evaluating What Works for Victims and Offenders (with Joanna Shapland and Angela Sorsby) was published by Routledge in 2011 and provides an account of that study and its findings.

I am also co-editor (with Fergus McNeill) of Community Punishment: European Perspectives (Routledge 2016) and co-author (with Peter Raynor) of Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice (Palgrave Macmillan 2009).

Since 2014 my research has focused on the impacts on probation services of the Coalition Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, which have led to their part privatisation.

In 2014-16 I was part of a small team which successfully applied for an ESRC Urgency grant to examine the transition of probation staff from a public sector Probation Trust to a privately owned Community Rehabilitation Company in one case study area.

Since then my research has centred on the rapidly changing work of the new National Probation Service in the Magistrates’ courts and I am currently developing new projects on both sentencing and legitimacy in the private probation sector.

Qualifications
  • PhD, University of Wales, Swansea
  • MSc Applied Social Studies and Diploma in Social Work, University of Oxford
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Sussex
Research interests
  • Non-custodial punishment
  • Offender rehabilitation and management
  • The sociology of punishment
  • Restorative justice
  • Qualitative research methods
Publications

Books

  • Shapland J, Robinson G & Sorsby A (2011) Restorative Justice in Practice. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson G & Crow I (2009) Offender Rehabilitation: Theory, Research and Practice. SAGE. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Raynor P & Robinson G (2009) Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice. Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Raynor P & Robinson G (2006) Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice. Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Robinson G & McNeill F (Ed.) (2015) Community Punishment: European Perspectives. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (Ed.) (2004) Alternatives to Prison: Options for an insecure society. Willan Pub. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Burke L, Millings M & Robinson G (2018) Is constructive practice still possible in a competitive environment? Findings from a case study of a community rehabilitation company in England and Wales In Ugwudike P, Raynor P & Annison J (Ed.), Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice (pp. 57-78). Bristol: Policy Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ, Worrall A & Carr N (2017) Opening a window on probation cultures: a photographic imagination In Brown M & Carrabine E (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology Oxfordshire: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & McNeill F (2017) Punishment in the community In Liebling A, McAra L & Maruna S (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Criminology Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2016) Patrolling the Borders of Risk: The new Bifurcation of Probation Services in England & Wales In Bosworth M, Hoyle C & Zedner L (Ed.), Changing Contours of Criminal Justice Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • McNeill F & Robinson G (2016) Explaining Probation, Probation (pp. 245-261). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & McNeill F (2015) Introduction: Studying the evolution of 'community punishment' in comparative context In Robinson G & McNeill F (Ed.), Community Punishment: European Perspectives (pp. 1-12). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & McNeill F (2015) Conclusion: Community punishment and the penal state In Robinson G & McNeill F (Ed.), Community Punishment: European Perspectives (pp. 228-241). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2015) Three narratives and a funeral: Community punishment in England & Wales In Robinson G & McNeill F (Ed.), Community Punishment: European Perspectives (pp. 30-50). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & Svensson K (2013) Practising offender supervision In McNeill F & Beyens K (Ed.), Offender Supervision in Europe Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2013) What counts? Community sanctions and the construction of compliance In Ugwudike P & Raynor P (Ed.), What Works in Offender Compliance Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ, McNeill F & Maruna S (2012) Punishment in Society: The improbable persistence of probation and other community sanctions and measures In Simon J & Sparks R (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Punishment and Society SAGE RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ, Gelsthorpe L & Raynor P (2012) Pre-sentence reports in England and Wales: changing discourses of need, risk and quality In McNeiil F, Raynor P & Trotter C (Ed.), Offender Supervision New Directions in Theory, Research and Practice Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & McNeill F (2010) Liquid Legitimacy and Community Sanctions In Crawford and Hucklesbury (Ed.), Legitimacy and Criminal Justice RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & Robinson G (2010) The dynamics of compliance with community supervision In McNeill F, Raynor P & Trotter C (Ed.), Offender Supervision: New Directions in Theory, Research and Practice Willan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & McNeill F (2010) Probation in the United Kingdom In Herzog-Evans M (Ed.), Transnational Criminology Manual International Courts Assoc RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & Shapland J (2009) Reducing recidivism: A task for restorative justice? In Hoyle C (Ed.), Restorative Justice Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2007) Restorative Justice In McIvor G & Raynor P (Ed.), Developments in Social Work with Offenders Jessica Kingsley Publishers RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2007) Social work in the criminal justice system In Davies M (Ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Social Work Blackwell RIS download Bibtex download
  • (2006) Rehabilitation Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & McNeill F (2004) Purposes matter: examining the ‘ends’ of probation practice, What Matters in Probation (pp. 277-304). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bottoms A, Rex S & Robinson GJ (2004) How did we get here? In Bottoms S, Rex S & Robinson G (Ed.), Alternatives to Prison: Options for an insecure society (pp. 1-27). Willan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ, Bottoms A & Rex S (2004) Pulling some threads together In Bottoms A, Rex S & Robinson G (Ed.), Alternatives to Prison: Options for an insecure society (pp. 406-424). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ & Dignan J (2004) Sentence management In Robinson G & Bottoms A (Ed.), Alternatives to Prison: Options for an insecure society (pp. 313-340). Willan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2003) Risk and risk assessment In Chui WH & Nellis M (Ed.), Moving Probation Forward: Evidence, arguments and practice (pp. 277-304). Editorial Dunken RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2002) Social work in the criminal justice system In Davies M (Ed.), Blackwell Companion to Social Work (pp. 259-265). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Durnescu I () Understanding Penal Practice Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ () How practitioners conceptualise quality In McNeill F, Raynor P, Trotter C, Taxman F, Ugwudike P & Graham H (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Millings M, Burke L & Robinson G () The ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda in England and Wales: implications of privatisation In McNeill F, Raynor P, Trotter C, Taxman F, Ugwudike P & Graham H (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Reports

  • Sorsby A, Shapland J, Farrall S, McNeill F, Priede C & Robinson GJ (2013) Probation staff views of the Skills for Effective Engagement Development (SEED) project RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sorsby A, Shapland J, Farrall S, McNeill F, Priede C & Robinson GJ (2013) Probation staff views of the Skills for Effective Engagement Development (SEED) pilot RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland J, Bottoms A, Farrall S, McNeill F, Priede C & Robinson GJ (2012) The Quality of Probation Supervision: A literature review RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland J, Bottoms A, Farrall S, McNeill F, Priede C & Robinson GJ (2012) The Quality of Probation Supervision – A literature review: summary of key messages RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ, Priede C, Farrall S, Shapland J & McNeill F (2012) Understanding ‘Quality’ in Probation Practice: Findings from a study in three Probation Trusts RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland J, Atkinson A, Atkinson H, Dignan J, Edwards L, Hibbert J, Howes M, Johnstone J, Robinson G & Sorsby A (2008) Does restorative justice affect reconviction? The fourth report from the evaluation of three schemes. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland J, Atkinson A, Atkinson H, Chapman B, Dignan J, Howes M, Johnstone J, Robinson GJ & Sorsby A (2007) Restorative Justice: The Views of Victims and Offenders: The Third Report from the Evaluation of Three Schemes RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland J, Atkinson A, Atkinson H, Chapman B, Colledge E, Dignan J, Howes M, Johnstone J, Robinson GJ & Sorsby A (2006) Restorative Justice in Practice: The second report from the evaluation of three schemes RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland J, Atkinson A, Atkinson H, Chapman B, Colledge E, Dignan J, Howes M, Johnstone J, Robinson GJ & Sorsby A (2006) Restorative Justice in Practice: Findings from the second phase of the evaluation of three schemes RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland JM, Atkinson A, Atkinson H, Chapman B, Colledge E, Dignan J, Howes M, Johnstone J, Robinson G & Sorsby A (2006) Restorative justice in practice: findings from the second stage of the evaluation of three schemes RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shapland J, Atkinson A, Colledge E, Dignan J, Howes M, Johnstone J, Pennant R, Robinson G & Sorsby AJ (2004) Implementing restorative justice schemes (Crime Reduction Programme): a report on the first year. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Robinson GJ (1996) Victim-Offender Mediation: Limitations and Potential (Monograph). RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Robinson G (2014) Rehabilitation. In Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice Springer New York. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2007) ‘Resettlement’. In Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management Willan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2000) 'Prediction'. In Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work Blackwell. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2000) ‘Risk management’. In Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work Blackwell. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Robinson G (2019) Probation services in magistrates courts. Probation Quarterly(11), 14-16. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson GJ (2008) Counterblast: Pro-social modelling in Probation?, 47, 189-191. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Non-custodial punishment
  • Offender rehabilitation and management
  • Probation practice
  • Restorative justice
Grants

Title/Description: Devolving Probation Services

  • Awarding Body: ESRC
  • People Involved: Gwen Robinson: with Matthew Millings and Lol Burke (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Years Funded for: 2014-2015

Title/Description: Quality in Probation Service

  • Awarding Body: Ministry of Justice/NOMS
  • People Involved: Joanna Shapland (PI), Tony Bottoms, Stephen Farrall, Fergus McNeill
  • Years Funded for: 2010-2012

Title/Description: Evaluation of 3 Restorative Justice Schemes

  • Awarding Body: Home Office/Ministry of Justice
  • People Involved: Research team led by Joanna Shapland
  • Years Funded for: 2002-2007
Teaching interests

All of my teaching is in the field of criminal justice and restorative justice, and in areas in which I have research and/or practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge.

In all of my teaching I endeavour to incorporate aspects of ‘real world’ issues and controversies, through activities such as debates and documentary screenings.

Teaching activities

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate

Punishment and Penal Policy (LAW217)(Convenor)

Rehabilitation of Offenders (LAW317) (Convenor)

Skills for Criminologists (LAW146) (Convenor)

Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice (LAW148)

Postgraduate and MA

Restorative Justice (Convenor)

Dissertation Supervision

Professional activities
  • Member of the Centre for Criminological Research research cluster
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Group, British Journal of Criminology
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
  • Editorial Board Member, Probation Journal
  • Co-chair of European Society of Criminology Working Group on Community Sanctions
  • Management Committee member and co-leader of a Working Group on Practising Offender Supervision, COST Action 1106 Offender Supervision in Europe (2012-2016)
  • International Network of Researchers on Individual Supervision in Probation (CREDOS)