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Dr Angela Sorsby

Position: Lecturer in Criminology
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Academic Profile

As an undergraduate I studied psychology at the University of Liverpool. Then, after spending a couple of years working in Paris, I came to the University of Sheffield to undertake an ESRC funded PhD within the psychology department which I completed in 1991. At that time I also taught ‘A’ level psychology. I then worked as a freelance researcher, first on projects for the Institute of Work Psychology and then, since 1993 mostly on projects for the School of Law at the University of Sheffield. I have worked on a large number of research projects which have spanned a number of areas. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology in 2014.

Much of my research work has been evaluation research, evaluating initiatives for the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. A substantial proportion of my work has involved the management and analysis of large quantities of data: designing databases suitable for both case management and research purposes, multivariate statistics and multilevel modelling.

Recent projects on which I have worked, together with other members of the School, include evaluating the impact of a training programme intended to improve the skills of probation staff in relation to engaging with offenders, which we have evaluated both in England and later in Romania and a major evaluation of Restorative Justice schemes in England.


  • PhD, University of Sheffield
  • BSc (hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool

Teaching and Learning

The areas in which I teach are related to my research interests. I try as much as possible to integrate my own research into my teaching, illustrating for example issues involved in conducting research with examples from my own work, which helps to bring the material alive. I try, through various exercises, to stimulate active engagement with the material to help to promote a more in-depth understanding.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Introducing Criminological Research Cultures of Criminology
Responding to Crime and Victimisation
Analysing Crime Data (Convenor)

Research Interests

  • Evaluating initiatives
  • Restorative justice
  • Probation supervision
  • Desistance from crime
  • Training of criminal justice practitioners

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Quantitate research methods and statistics
  • Restorative justice
  • Probation supervision
  • Desistance from crime
  • Training of criminal justice practitioners

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description: Evaluating Skills for Effective Engagement and Development (SEED) in Romania
Awarding Body: European Commission
People Involved: Joanna Shapland, Angela Sorsby, Ioan Durnescu (University of Bucharest)
Dates: 2013-2014
Amount: Approx. £51,000

Title/Description: Evaluating Skills for Effective Engagement and Development (SEED)
Awarding Body: National Offender Management Service
People Involved: Joanna Shapland, Angela Sorsby, Stephen Farrall, Gwen Robinson, Camilla Priede and Fergus McNeill (Glasgow University)
Dates: 2011-2014
Amount: Approx. £180,000

Title/Description: Evaluation of Restorative Justice Schemes
Awarding Body: Home Office
People Involved: Joanna Shapland, Angela Sorsby, Gwen Robinson, Anne Atkinson, Helen Atkinson, Emily Colledge, James Dignan, Jeremy Hibbert, Marie Howes, and Jennifer Johnstone, (together with Becca Chapman and Rachel Pennant of the Home Office, and NFO Europe Social Research)
Dates: 2001-2007
Amount: Approx. £1,300,000

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • I have undertaken consultancy work for Sheffield City Council, NACRO and Remedi.

Key Publications


  • Shapland J, Robinson G & Sorsby A (2011) Restorative Justice in Practice. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Sorsby A, Shapland J & Durnescu I (2017) Promoting quality in probation supervision and policy transfer: Evaluating the SEED1 programme in Romania and England, Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International Research on Supporting Rehabilitation and Desistance (pp. 193-216). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Durnescu I () Understanding Penal Practice Routledge 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