Vicky Gadd

Lecturer, Criminology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Criminology

Courses taught: Criminology, Criminology and Sociology

Victoria is an active member of our thriving Criminology department. Her research interests lie in prisons and penology, specifically prison management and administration.

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victoria.gadd@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Victoria joined Anglia Ruskin in September 2012 after two years working as a sessional lecturer for the University. She came from a research position at the Prisons Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, where she had worked since 2005 on conceptualising and measuring prisoner and prison staff quality of life. 

Victoria has undertaken several consultancy projects for the Prison Service and Home Office using her prisons research experience and has overseen several training sessions for Prison Service colleagues in the use and administration of quality of life surveys in prison. She has also previously worked for a private social research organisation researching sentencing in UK courts.

Currently, Victoria is finishing her PhD at the Institute of Criminology, entitled Investigating effective and successful senior management teams in public sector prison. She was funded by a CASE studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Prison Service and is supervised by Professor Alison Liebling. The research focuses on the role and importance of the senior management team in developing and maintaining a 'high-performing' prison. It employed appreciative ethnographic methods and quantitative data collection in order to investigate the main research question: 'How does a good senior management team look, talk, act and think?'

Research interests

  • Prisons and imprisonment
  • Prison management
  • Prisoners and the experience of imprisonment
  • Prison staff and the role of the prison officer
  • Justice theory
  • Research methods

Areas of research supervision

  • Prisons and imprisonment
  • Prison management
  • Prisoners and the experience of imprisonment
  • Prison staff and the role of the prison officer
  • Justice theory
  • Research methods

Qualifications

  • PhD Criminology, University of Cambridge (in progress) 
  • PG Cert, Anglia Ruskin University (in progress)
  • Bsc Applied Psychology, Cardiff University (2004)

Selected recent publications

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Written contribution to 2009 House of Commons Justice Committee investigation into the role of the prison officer: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmjust/361/361.pdf.

Tait, S., Gadd, V., Shefer, G., McLean, C. and Liebling, A., in preparation. Measuring Prison Staff Quality of Life.

Gadd, V., in preparation. What do we know about effective Senior Management Teams in public sector prisons?

Gadd, V., in preparation. A Typology of Prison Senior Management Style and Effectiveness.

Hulley, S, Gadd, V., Liebling, A. and Crewe, B., in preparation. Personal Development in prison: An ‘inside’ path to desistance?

What is SQL? Conceptualising and measuring prison staff quality of life.