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Dr Michelle Newberry BSc (Hons), MSc, PgCLTHE, FHEA, PhD

Lecturer in Criminology | Academic Integrity Lead| Head of Workplanning

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Dr Michelle Newberry is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I joined the University of Southampton in 2018 after working for nine years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and Sheffield Hallam University. Prior to my posts in academia I worked as a Chartered Psychologist in prisons and secure hospitals, conducting psychometric assessments with offenders and researching attitudinal change and desistance from offending.

My research primarily seeks to understand offenders’ motivations for violent criminal behaviour, in particular animal cruelty, domestic violence, and murder. For example, I am interested in how perpetrators of intimate partner violence abuse companion animals as a means to manipulate and coerce human victims. I am also interested in wildlife crime perpetrators' motivations for engaging in animal poaching.

I am currently conducting research that is investigating the poaching and trafficking of pangolin scales in East Africa (funded by the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; DEFRA), and one of my current ESRC-funded PhD students is examining the perpetration of marine wildlife crime in Indonesia.

Research interests

My research interests encompass the following topics:

  • Motivations for criminal behaviour
  • Violent offending
  • Animal cruelty
  • Intimate partner violence/domestic abuse
  • Murder
  • Wildlife crime (especially poaching and the illegal wildlife trade)
  • Organised crime
  • Fraud (especially relating to art crime)
  • Criminal thinking styles
  • Negative interpersonal relating
  • 'Dark' personality traits (especially psychopathy)

PhD supervision

Supervised to Completion:

  • Jo Wilkinson: Male sexual assault in UK prisons (Second supervisor). 2013-2020 (part-time).
  • Sarah Wefers: Transnational Child Sex Offending: Understanding Threat to Disrupt and Target (Advisor). 2017-2020. Funded by Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Oliver Merry: Child grooming: Predicting level of risk to prioritise offenders (Advisor). 2016-2019. Funded by Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Jennifer Hardy: Exploring Women’s Experiences of Supported Resettlement (First Supervisor). 2013-2018. Funded by Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Sara Hughes: Dark Triad traits and justification of immoral behaviour (Advisor). 2015-2018. Funded by Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Chantal Avellino: Introducing risk assessment to the Maltese Probation Service (First Supervisor). 2010-2014 (part-time). Funded by the Department of Corrections, Malta.
  • Louise Maxwell: Maladaptive personality traits and their influence on violent and sexual aggression (First Supervisor) 2010-2013. 

Current PhD students:

  • Shaoai Zhong: Domestic violence in China following the introduction of anti-domestic violence law (Second Supervisor). 2020-2023.
  • Kim Hadfield: The ecological consequences of marine wildlife crime (First Supervisor). 2019-2022.
  • Sasie Rekha: The reintegration process of female sex-trafficked victims in Indonesia (Second Supervisor). 2018-2021. 
  • Zeddy Chaudry: Implementing the assessment of recovery capital and recovery-oriented approaches to support treatment of offenders (Second Supervisor). 2017-2021.

Research group

Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR)

Research project(s)

Offenders’ motivations for wildlife crime

Attitudinal change among prisoners

Current Responsibilities at the University of Southampton:

  • Head of Workplanning, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
  • Academic Integrity Lead, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
  • Member of the Teaching Programme Team
  • Member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Working Party
  • Member of the Faculty Academic Integrity Officer Consortium
  • Member of the Faculty Validation Panel (Academic Scrutiny Group)
  • Member of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR) 
  • Member of the Research Strategy Steering Group

Current External Responsibilities:

  • Book Review Editor, Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SAGE)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Criminal Psychology 
  • Expert Reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Trainee Psychiatrists’ Modules
  • Programme Approval Panel Assessor, University of Leicester 
  • UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) Peer Review College (PRC) Funding Programme Reviewer
  • Ethics Committee Reviewer, HM Prison Research Advisory Group (GRAG) 
  • Member of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) 
  • Member of the Organising and Scientific Committee, Athens Institute of Education and Research

Previous Responsibilities:

  • Academic Integrity Lead, School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences, University of Southampton
  • External Examiner, The Open University
  • Programme Director, MSc Forensic Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Faculty Ethics Committee Reviewer, University of Southampton 
  • Faculty Ethics Committee Reviewer, Sheffield Hallam University 
  • Member of the Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team, Sheffield City Council
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I currently lead and/or teach the following modules:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Perspectives in Criminology
  • Penology
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders

I have led and/or taught the following modules at other universities:

  • The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology for Criminologists
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Individual Differences and Abnormal Behaviour
  • Offender Assessment and Formulation
  • Offender Treatment and Interventions
  • Witnesses and Victims
  • Living with Justice
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Advanced Quantitative Statistics

I have received the following awards for my teaching and research:

  • Faculty Inspirational Teaching Award (Sheffield Hallam University, 2017)
  • Faculty Inspirational Teaching Award (Tunku Abdul Rahman University Malaysia, 2017)
  • Exceptional Contribution Award for Teaching and Research (Sheffield Hallam University, 2015)
  • Performance Recognition Award (HM Prison Service, 2009).

 I have also been nominated for the following awards:

  • Vice Chancellor’s ‘In the Face of Adversity’ Award as member of the Teaching Programme Team (University of Southampton, 2020).
  • Faculty Inspirational Teaching Award (Sheffield Hallam University, 2016).
  • Faculty Inspirational Teaching Award (Tunku Abdul Rahman University Malaysia, 2015).
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