Dr Waters' main duties include teaching, module administration, course administration, research and other scholarly activity.
Dr Waters is an honours sociology graduate from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). She completed a Masters degree in international criminology at the University of Sheffield, where she also did a post-graduate certificate in higher education. Her PhD research focused on illegal drug use among older adults and was awarded by the University of Sheffield in 2010.
She has been teaching in the criminology subject group at Sheffield Hallam University since 2005. She has been a senior lecturer since 2010, becoming a year tutor in 2008 and then a course leader in 2011. She has also been the criminology programme induction tutor since 2008.
She has been nominated as an Inspirational Teacher by students in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, and 2013/14.
Specialist areas of interest
Her particular teaching interests are around qualitative and quantitative research methods and illegal drug use. She also enjoys being an Academic Advisor.
Department Of Law and Criminology
Social Sciences and Humanities
Dr Waters is the module leader on Criminological Foundations (level 4) and Drugs Inc (level 6), and part of the teaching team on Researching Criminology (level 5) and Developing Criminological Research Methods (level 7). She also supervises final year undergraduate dissertations.
Banks, J., Andersson, C., Best, D., Edwards, M., & Waters, J. (2018). Families Living with Problem Gambling: Impacts, Coping Strategies and Help-Seeking. Sheffield Hallam University.
Moxon, D., & Waters, J. (2018). Sourcing illegal drugs as a hidden older user: the ideal of ‘social supply’. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 1-10. http://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2018.1466866
Heap, V., & Waters, J. (2018). Mixed Methods in Criminology.
Moxon, D., & Waters, J. (2017). Illegal drug use through the lifecourse: a study of 'hidden' older users. Abingdon: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Illegal-Drug-Use-Through-The-Lifecourse-A-Study-Of-Hidden-Older-Users/Moxon-Waters/p/book/9781472461568
Waters, J. (2015). Snowball sampling: a cautionary tale involving a study of older drug users. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18 (4), 367-380. http://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2014.953316
Banks, J., Waters, J., Andersson, C., & Olive, V. (2019). Prevalence of gambling disorder among prisoners: a systematic review. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology. http://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X19862430
Waters, J. (2016). How biography influences research: an autoethnography. British Journal of Community Justice, 14 (2), 45-60. http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/volume-14-issue-2/
Waters, J. (2016). Editorial: entering the field of criminological research. British Journal of Community Justice, 14 (2), 1-6. http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/volume-14-issue-2/
Heap, V., & Waters, J. (2018). Using mixed methods in criminology. In Francis, P., & Davies, P. (Eds.) Doing Criminological Research - 3rd edition. SAGE: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/doing-criminological-research/book243822#description
Dr Waters is a member of the European Society of Criminology.
She is also the chair (and founding member) of the European Society of Criminology Early Stage Researchers Working Group.