Rebecca Banwell-Moore

Restorative Justice: A comparative analysis of the barriers to Victim Participation.

twitter: @RMBanwell
Supervisors: Professor Joanna Shapland and Dr Gwen Robinson

Scope of research

A comparative analysis across three police forces that seeks to determine the barriers that impact upon levels of Victim participation within Restorative Justice. The aim of the research is to determine what the key factors are that inhibit victim participation and what remedial action is required to ensure victim participation levels within Restorative Justice are optimised.


BA Criminology and Sociology (First class), University of the West of England ; MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Research Methods), University of Oxford, St.Anne’s College.
Trained and practicing Mediator in Conflict Resolution (NOCN level 3) with many years experience within the Social Housing sector. Prior to working within the Social Housing sector Rebecca worked as a Retail Buyer for over decade.

Research Areas

Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice System, Victimology, Youth Justice

Research Centre

Centre for Criminological Research (CCR)

Research experience

Empirical research undertaken for MSc dissertation ‘Restorative Justice: Determining what affects levels of Victim Participation; included elite interviews and participant observation
Assisted on the ACPO commissioned research project ‘Making and Breaking Barriers: Assessing the value of mounted police units in the UK’. (Giacomantonio, C; Bradford, B; Davies, M. and Martin, R. 2014)
Research assistant for Dr.Rachel Condry, University of Oxford on the ESRC funded ‘Investigating Adolescent Violence towards Parents’ research project.
Participant observation at: HMP Winchester of the Sycamore Tree Victim Awareness Programme and ‘Inside or Out’ Prisoner Mentoring Programme, undertaken in preparation for Doctoral research project.


Prior to beginning Doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield Rebecca taught, as an Associate Lecturer, at the University of the West of England

  • Foundations in Social Theory
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Critical Theory


ESRC Studentship 2015