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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Dr Pamela Ugwudike 

Associate Professor in Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology Director of Research

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Dr Pamela Ugwudike is Associate Professor in Criminology within Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton.

I joined the University of Southampton as Associate Professor in Criminology in 2017. Prior to joining Southampton, I was at Swansea University where I held several academic posts over a period of ten years. First, I was a Research Officer, then a Lecturer in Criminology, and subsequently a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, in the College of Law and Criminology. I led the Swansea Service Evaluation Team (SSET) which was one of the College’s research teams from 2013-2017. SSET was an interdisciplinary team of researchers involved in research on intersections of theory, research and criminal justice practice. My role as the Director of SSET involved leading the team’s research projects. I also supervised SSET’s Research Assistants and the DTC/ESRC students working on the team’s projects as part of their PhD research.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and a Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute. I sit on the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Research Advisory Group, the British Society of Criminology’s Executive Committee; the European Journal of Probation’s Advisory Board, and the International Advisory Board of the Youth Voice Journal. I am also an alumna of the Welsh Crucible for Future Research Leaders and a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals including: Criminology; Criminal Justice and Criminology; and Criminal Justice and Behaviour. 


Twitter: @PamelaUgwudike

Research interests

My research interests include studying advances in critical criminological theory and the operation of criminal justice systems. I am particularly interested in theoretical and empirical studies of interactions between digital technology and criminal justice, and the implications for social justice. I am currently working on the following projects: digital predictive technologies and conduits of algorithmic bias in policing and penal services; digital governance and regulatory systems for law enforcement agencies; and applications of digital technology in youth justice contexts. 

Recent research projects

Principal Investigator: An interdisciplinary study of digital inclusion:
Using social media analytics to challenge online epistemic domination and amplify marginal voices (2019-Ongoing).
Funder: The Web Science Institute.

Principal Investigator: A Multidisciplinary Study of Predictive Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Criminal Justice System (2019-Ongoing).
Funder: the Alan Turing Institute.

Principal Investigator: Digitising a cyber-evaluation framework for improving interventions and outcomes for young people (2017- Ongoing).
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Award
This project involves the digitisation of 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.

Principal Investigator: Creating user-friendly technology for evaluating criminal justice practice (2016- 2017).
Funder: Cherish-de - Digital Economy Centre/EPSRC.
This project investigated models and implications of technology adoption in the justice system. 

Principal Investigator: Evaluating Youth Justice Services (2014 – ongoing)
Funder: The Youth Justice Board.
This study focuses on highlighting and embedding evidence-based principles in youth justice practice.  

Principal Investigator: Evaluation of Family Support Services in Prison (March 2017-November 2017)
Funder: Prison Advice and Care Trust.
This study explored strategies for developing good practice in the field of family support across the prison estate. 

Principal Investigator: Evaluating the Women’s Pathfinder Pilots (across Wales) (2014 - 2017).
Funder: Integrated Offender Management Cymru/National Offender Management Service.
The objective of this project was to identify gender-responsive approaches to working with women undertaking probation orders. 

Principal Investigator: Evaluating supervision skills in the Swansea Youth Offending Service (2011-2013)
Funder: Welsh Government.
This project evaluated a Youth Offending Service and identified how best to align practices with insights from the research on humane and participatory approaches to working with young people in the justice system. 

Co-Investigator: Evaluating Supervision Skills in the Jersey Probation and Aftercare Service (JPACS) (2007 – ongoing)
Funder: JPACS
This ongoing project explored probation practices and recommended research-informed approaches to effective service delivery.   

Co-Investigator – Review of the Effective Practice Literature (2013)
Funder: London Probation Trust
This project involved a review of the literature on approaches to working with people undertaking probation and prison orders.


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
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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