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Dr Pamela Ugwudike 

Associate Professor in Criminology, Director of Research

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Dr Pamela Ugwudike is an Associate Professor of Criminology, a Criminal Justice Specialist, a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, where she is undertaking research on the topic - “A Multidisciplinary Study of Predictive Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Criminal Justice System”.

Dr Ugwudike is also a member of the Alan Turing Institute’s Fairness, Transparency, and Privacy Interest Group. She has particular interest in the ethics and governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, with a focus on the data-driven technologies (such as risk prediction algorithms and online social networking algorithms) that structure knowledge production and inform criminal justice policy.  

Dr Ugwudike is currently working on an ESRC project exploring the risks and harms of ‘sharenting’ on social media and how to develop AI-driven remedial strategies (2021-2023). She has led a number of multidisciplinary projects on: the ethics of predictive policing algorithms (funded by the Alan Turing Institute 2019-2021); the nexus of online epistemic domination and digital exclusion (funded by the Web Science Institute 2019-2020); the digitisation of technologies for evaluating criminal justice practice (funded by Cherish Digital Economy/EPSRC 2016-2017); and the digitisation of an evaluation package for assessing youth justice practice (funded by the ESRC IAA 2018-19).

Dr Ugwudike is also a co-Editor-in-Chief of Criminology and Criminal Justice Journal (the flagship Journal of the British Society of Criminology) and she currently sits on the Editorial Board of the following Journals: The British Journal of Criminology; Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy; and the European Journal of Probation. She is also a member of the advisory group for Ada Lovelace Institute's legal review of the governance of biometric data in the UK; the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Research Advisory Group; The Youth Justice Board’s Academic Liaison Network; and an alumna of the Welsh Crucible for Future Research Leaders.



Twitter: @PamelaUgwudike

Research interests

My research focuses on applications of Artificial Intelligence in justice systems and I am particularly interested in the intersections of AI, data bias, knowledge production, and criminal justice.

Recent grants and awards

ESRC: Building Awareness of Safer and Technology-Savvy ‘Sharenting’ 2021-Ongoing 

Alan Turing Institute: A Multidisciplinary Study of Predictive Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Justice System 2019-2021 
Web Science Institute: Investigating mechanisms of online resistance to COVID-19 digital contact tracing 2020-21 
Web Science Institute: Exploring sociotechnical dynamics of knowledge production on online social networking sites and the impact on criminal justice policy 2019-2020

ESRC IAA: Digitising an evaluation package for assessing youth justice practice and a systematic review of the benefits and challenges of digital technology in the youth justice system 2018-2019

Cherish-Digital Economy Centre/EPSRC: Investigating models and implications of technology adoption in the justice system 2016-2017 

Research project(s)

A Multidisciplinary Study of Predictive Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Criminal Justice System

An interdisciplinary study of digital inclusion: Using social media analytics to study online epistemic domination

Understanding public resistance in using COVID-19 digital contact tracing app: an interdisciplinary analysis

Director of Research: Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


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Book Chapters

Year three:
CRIM3001: Penology
CRIM3007: Violent and Sexual Offenders 

CRIM6005: Life Behind Bars 

I welcome enquiries about potential PhD supervision in the following areas:

  • Digital technology and criminal justice
  • Predictive technologies and algorithmic bias in the justice system
  • Digital governance and regulatory systems for law enforcement agencies
  • Critical criminological theory
Dr Pamela Ugwudike
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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