Dr Laura Bainbridge
- Position: Lecturer in Criminal Justice
- Areas of expertise: Violence reduction; crime and justice policy transfer; compulsory sobriety; Police and Crime Commissioners; qualitative research; innovative research methods
- Email: L.Bainbridge@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 7453
- Location: 2.12a Liberty Building
- Website: Policy Imitation Hub | Twitter | LinkedIn
I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice in January 2020, having previously been employed as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I completed my PhD in Social Policy at the University of York in 2017. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As an impact-focussed researcher, I have successfully disseminated my findings to UK government ministers, civil servants, Members of Parliament and Police and Crime Commissioners. At the international level, I have been invited to share my insights with crime and justice practitioners located in the United States, Canada and Belgium, and have acted as an advisor to the Australian Government’s Behavioural Insights Team.
- Director of Employability (Criminal Justice)
My scholarly interests lie at the nexus between social policy, criminology and political science. I specialise in violence reduction and the multi-level processes in which policies and programmes ‘travel’ across the globe. My ESRC-funded doctoral research reconstructed the (in)formal events that led to the development and implementation of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) Pilot – a pilot that was inspired by the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Project. I am currently conducting empirical research in the UK and the United States that explores the benefits and hazards of mandating domestic violence perpetrators to a period of compulsory sobriety. The findings of this study will be disseminated to academic, governmental and practitioner audiences in 2021/22.
- PhD Social Policy
- MA Social Policy
- BA (Hons) Politics
- British Society of Criminology
- European Society of Criminology
- Social Policy Association
I currently teach on the following modules:
- Criminology - Theories and Concepts
- Technology, Crime and Justice
- Criminal Justice Processes
I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
- Centre for Law and Social Justice