Nicola Roberts

Senior Lecturer


University of Sunderland

Domestic and sexual violence, Probation service and rehabilitation, Pedagogical research

Dr Roberts is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University. She graduated in 2006 with a doctorate in Criminology from the University of Bath. Her PhD analysed the ways in which the probation service constructed the treatment of intimately violent offenders. Previously she had studied at Teesside University and graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Criminology. She had also studied at the Scarman Centre at the University of Leicester and graduated with a M.Sc in Criminology with distinction. In her Masters research she evaluated a domestic violence programme delivered by the probation service and a non-government organisation. After obtaining her lectureship, she studied at the University of Sunderland and graduated with her MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. For this Mmore...

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  1. Roberts (nee Ballantyne), Nicola (2004) Talking about the National Probation Service and the 'Treatment' of Intimately Violent Offenders: Questioning the 'what works' debate. Doctoral thesis, University of Bath.
  2. Roberts (nee Ballantyne), Nicola (2001) ‘What Works’ in Reducing Domestic Violence? A ‘three-way’ evaluation of a domestic violence perpetrator programme. Masters thesis, University of Leicester.
  3. Roberts (nee Ballantyne), Nicola (2009) The Relational, Emotional and Social Contexts of Learning Five Lives of the 21st Century Student. Masters thesis, University of Sunderland.
  4. Roberts, Nicola, Donovan, Catherine, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2018) Agency, Resistance and the Non ‘Ideal Victim’: How women deal with everyday sexual violence�. In: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2018, Birmingham City University. (Unpublished)
  5. Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2018) Positioning Universities as a source of Help when Gender Based Violence, Harassment and/or Hate Are Experienced by Students. In: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2018, Birmingham City University. (Unpublished)
  6. Roberts, Nicola (2018) Inspecting ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’: The pitfalls of an austerity managerialist approach to offender supervision. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave, pp. 121-146. ISBN 978-3-319-79120-3
  7. Roberts, Nicola (2018) Gender, Sexual Danger and the Everyday Management of Risks: The social control of young females. Journal of Gender-Based Violence. ISSN 2398-6808 (In Press)
  8. Roberts, Nicola and Donovan, Catherine (2017) Agency, Resistance And The Non ‘Ideal Victim’: How Women Deal With Everyday Sexual Violence. In: CASS Seminar Series., 29 Nov 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
  9. Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola and Durey, Matthew (2014) Teaching Gendered Violence: The impact upon students’ thoughts (and attitudes). In: Learning Enhancement Conference, 2014, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)
  10. Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John, Merchant, Jacqueline and Roberts, Nicola (2011) An exploration of the impact of the Coalition Government's spending review on the North East and how the Department of Social Sciences might respond. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)