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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Dr Michelle Newberry BSc, MSc, PgCLTHE, FHEA, CPsychol, PhD

Lecturer in Criminology & Head of Workplanning

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

I joined the department in March 2018, after working for 9 years as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology (in the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology; ICRFP at the University of Portsmouth and at Sheffield Hallam University). Prior to my posts in academia, I worked with personality disordered offenders in NHS secure hospitals, and for HM Prison Service, conducting psychometric assessments with violent offenders and carrying out prison evaluation research.



Research interests

My research primarily seeks to understand offenders’ motivations for criminal behaviour (in particular murder, animal cruelty, and poaching) and how offenders desist from offending. I spent a number of years working for Her Majesty’s Prison Service and in NHS secure hospitals investigating identity and attitudinal change among violent offenders, and my research continues to explore this. I also have a keen interest in the illegal wildlife trade (IWT), and am currently conducting research that is investigating the motivations of offenders convicted of trafficking rhino horn and pangolin scales in East Africa (funded by the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; DEFRA). In addition, one of my current PhD students is investigating the ecological consequences of marine wildlife crime in Indonesia (ESRC funded).

PhD supervision

I have supervised the following PhD students to completion:

  • 'Exploring Women’s Experiences of Supported Resettlement’. Primary Supervisor for Jennifer Hardy (October 2013 to July 2018).
  • 'Introducing risk assessment to the Maltese Probation Service'. Primary Supervisor for Chantal Avellino (October 2010 to January 2014).
  • 'Maladaptive personality traits and their influence on violent and sexual aggression'. Primary Supervisor for Louise Maxwell (October 2010 to October 2013).

I am currently supervising the following four PhD students:   

  • ‘The ecological consequences of marine wildlife crime’ (Primary supervisor for Kim Hadfield from September 2019 full-time). Funded by the ESRC & Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute (SMMI).
  • ‘The reintegration process of female sex-trafficked victims in Indonesia’ (Second supervisor for Sasie Rekha from January 2018 full-time). Funded by the University of Southampton.
  • ‘Implementing the assessment of recovery capital and recovery-oriented approaches to support treatment.’ (Second supervisor for Zeddy Chaudry from March 2017 full-time). Funded by the Odyssey Treatment Service, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • ‘Male sexual assault in UK prisons’ (Second supervisor for Jo Wilkinson from September 2013 part-time). Funded by the University of Southampton.

I have acted as an advisor for the following PhD students:

  • 'Dark Triad traits and justification of immoral behaviour’. Sara Hughes (October 2015 to March 2018).
  • ‘Child grooming: Predicting level of risk to prioritise offenders’. Oliver Merry (October 2016 to March 2018).
  • ‘Transnational Child Sex Offending: Understanding Threat to Disrupt and Target.’ Second supervisor for Sarah Wefers (October 2017 to October 2020).

I am interested in supervising PhD students at the University of Southampton in areas related to murder, animal cruelty, and poaching/wildlife crime/the illegal wildlife trade, in particular the motivations of offenders and/or the process of desistance from offending.

Research group

Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR)

  • Head of Workplanning for the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton (ongoing)
  • Academic Integrity Lead for the School of Economic, Social and Political Science, University of Southampton (2018-19 academic year)
  • Member of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) programme Peer Review College (PRC) (ongoing)
  • Expert Reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Trainee Psychiatrists’ Modules (ongoing)
  • Member of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR) (ongoing)
  • Member of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) (ongoing)
  • Member of the Organising and Scientific Committee, Athens Institute of Education and Research (ongoing)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Criminal Psychology (ongoing)
  • Ethics Committee Member, Faculty of Social Sciences Ethics Committee, University of Southampton (2018-19 academic year)
  • Ethics Committee Member, HM Prison Grendon Research Advisory Group (GRAG) (ongoing)
  • Ethics Committee Member, Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University (2012 to 2018)
  • Member of the Sheffield Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team, Sheffield City Council (2013 to 2018)


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At the University of Southampton I lead and teach on the following modules:

  • Module Lead: Introduction to Criminology (Year 1)
  • Module Lead: Criminological Psychology (Year 2)
  • Module Lead: Penology (Year 3)

I also teach and/or moderate on these modules:

  • Perspectives in Criminology (Year 2)
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders (Year 3)
  • Global Crime and Justice (Year 3)
  • Dissertation Module (Year 3)
  • Criminal Behaviour (Master’s Level)
  • Contemporary Policing (Master’s Level)
  • Life Behind Bars (Master’s Level)
  • Dissertation Module (Master’s Level)

In addition to my current teaching roles above, I have previously held a number of other roles:

  • Course Director, MSc Forensic Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Module Lead, Offender Treatment and Interventions (MSc Forensic Psychology)
  • Module Lead, Quantitative Research Methods (MSc Forensic Psychology)
  • Module Lead, Forensic Psychology Dissertation (MSc Forensic Psychology)
  • Module Lead, Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (MSc Psychology)
  • Module Lead, Forensic Psychology (BSc Psychological Studies)
  • Module Lead, Witnesses and Victims (BSc Criminology with Psychology)
  • Teaching on the following modules: Assessment and Formulation (MSc Forensic Psychology); Individual Differences and Abnormal Behaviour; Forensic Mental Health; Research Methods and Statistics; and the Psychology Dissertation Module (all on the BSc Hons Psychology); Living with Justice; Psychology for Criminologists; and Criminology Dissertation (BSc Criminology with Psychology)
  • External Examiner for the Open University module 'Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy' (September 2016 to February 2018)
  • Awarded two Faculty Inspirational Teaching Awards for my Forensic Psychology and Criminology teaching at Sheffield Hallam University and Tunku Abdul Rahman University, Malaysia (June 2017). I was also nominated for two other Faculty Inspirational Teaching Awards in May 2015 and May 2016.
Dr Michelle Newberry
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4055

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