Dr Sarah Hodgkinson


I have a BSc. (Hons) Psychology and a PhD in Psychology, both from Nottingham Trent University. I joined the University of Leeds in May 2021 as Research Fellow in Crime Science working on the ‘Reducing the Unanticipated Crime Harms of Covid-19 Policies’ project. Prior to this I worked in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester as a Lecturer in Criminology (2005 – 2012) and then as an Associate Professor in Criminology (2013 – 2017). I have also worked as a Research Fellow in Applied Social Science in the College of Business, Law and Social Science at Nottingham Trent University, and as a Lecturer in Psychology at both Anglia Ruskin University and Nottingham Trent University.


  • Researcher on the 'Reducing the Unanticipated Crime Harms of Covid-19' project

Research interests

I have ongoing research interests in the field of aggression and violence, completing my PhD in the social psychology of aggression, and conducting research into workplace aggression, domestic abuse and homicide. I taught and researched in the area of forensic mental health, more specifically mental health law, mentally disordered offenders, and multiple homicide. I have a background in psychometrics, survey design and validation, and have worked extensively with crime survey data. I have an ongoing research interest in anti-social behaviour, including the wider ‘policing’ of anti-social behaviour, anti-social behaviour law and policy, and the use of integrated whole-family support interventions. In 2017 I co-edited The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism (with co-editors Jacqueline Z. Wilson, Justin Piché and Kevin Walby), and I have researched in the areas of prison tourism and Holocaust tourism. My current research interests focus around the impact of Covid-19 policies on patterns of crime.

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  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology - 1998
  • PhD Psychology - 2002