Charlotte Walker

School of Law

Research Student

Profile

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. I started my PhD in 2017.

Qualifications
  • MA International Criminology (Distinction), University of Sheffield
  • LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology (First), University of Sheffield
Research interests

A Study Examining the Experiences of Unrepresented Defendants in the Criminal Courts

My research examines the reasons why defendants self-represent, the experiences that they have, and the impact that they have on court proceedings and court staff. As part of my PhD project, I have observed court proceedings and interviewed a range of court actors, including ushers and lawyers.

Supervisors: Professor Joanna Shapland and Dr David Hayes

My research is being funded by the Economic Social Research Council.

Research group

Centre of Criminological Research (CCR)

Teaching activities
  • These are the modules that I currently teach on or have taught on whilst completing my PhD: LAW135 Criminal Law and Justice; LAW 217 Punishment and Penal Policy; and LAW3047 Dissertation Preparation. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professional activities

I have presented my research at a range of conferences, including at: the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Conference in 2018; the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference in 2019; and the European Society of Criminology Conference, which also took place in 2019.

As well as receiving a scholarship to do my PhD, I have received a couple of other awards/scholarships for academic excellence: the University of Sheffield Alumni Scholarship in 2012 and the Sir Anthony Bottoms Prize in Criminology in 2016. Alongside doing my PhD and teaching, I am also US in Schools Mentor. This entails providing support to young people from underrepresented groups in higher education who have the academic potential to go to university.

Publications:

McGourlay, C. & Walker, C. (2015) ‘Book Review: The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System: A Sociological Analysis of Miscarriages of Justice’, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, vol.54(5), pp.546-547.

Publications

McGourlay, C. & Walker, C. (2015) ‘Book Review: The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System: A Sociological Analysis of Miscarriages of Justice’, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, vol.54 (5), pp.546-547.


Conference Papers/Posters

Walker, C. (2018) ‘Unrepresented Defendants’ Experiences in the Criminal Courts’, White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) 7th Annual Conference, 19th June 2018, York, University of York.

Walker, C. (2018) ‘Unrepresented Defendants’ Experiences in the Criminal Courts’, Postgraduate Research Conference, 23rd May 2018, Sheffield, University of Sheffield.