Danica Darley

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD student


PhD student Danica Darley
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Danica Darley
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

I returned to the Department of Sociological Studies in 2021 as a PhD student. Prior to this, I completed my MA in Social Research with the Sheffield Methods Institute. I also gained my undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

I returned to education in 2017 after the birth of my second daughter. Previously, I worked with children in care and care-leavers both in England and Scotland.

  • MA Social Research, Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield. 

  • BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield. 

Research interests

My PhD has been shaped by my experience of working with children in care and the youth justice system. 

My research examines the experiences of children in care of criminal gangs in England and focuses on child criminal exploitation and county lines activity. The key question the research will address is how we can ensure that children in care are better protected from exploitation by criminal gangs.

My research interests include children in care, youth justice, women in prison, convict criminology, organised crime, and urban street gangs as well as participatory, sensory and creative methods.


Journal articles

Book reviews


  • Darley D () A proper brew: sensory recollections of my time in prison.. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group


  • ESRC 1+3 White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Pathway Scholarship.
Professional activities and memberships

I am an associate member of the Alliance for Youth Justice.