Sarah Goodwin

Dr Sarah Goodwin MPhil, MA (Cantab), PGcert

Senior Lecturer in Law and Criminology


I am module leader for the award winning Level 6 module "Making Desistance and Recovery a Reality". I also teach criminal law and supervise undergraduate dissertations. I research experiences of moving on from crime among various specific populations. I work part-time for SHU.


I gained my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2016, researching how women move on from (or "desist") from crime. For this, I spent significant time based at Together Women Sheffield- a community centre in Sheffield that caters for women involved (and at risk of involvement) in the Criminal Justice System.

I joined Sheffield Hallam in September 2014 and have taught on a variety of Law, Criminology, and Clinical modules. I have also received my PGCert for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. In 2018 I was awarded, with my module team, the British Society of Criminology's Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology for our design and delivery of our Level 6 module "Making Desistance and Recovery a Reality". We continue to work with a number of external partners on this. I am research active and have presented at a number of national and international conferences.

I cover both Law and Criminology modules, and am interested in possibilities for integrating good quality innovation (both technological and artistic) into my teaching. I also enjoy preparing students for the reality of work in Criminal Justice and Legal professions.


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Law and Criminology

Making Desistance and Recovery a Reality
Undergraduate Criminology Supervisions
Criminal Law and Practice
Academic Advising

Law and Criminology


Muslim Women's Experiences of Desistance (with Sofia Buncy from Muslim Women in Prison project and Dr Alexandria Bradley, Leeds Beckett University)


Journal articles

Goodwin, S. (2020). 'Keeping busy' as agency in early desistance. Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Goodwin, S. (2013). Arts groups as community-based criminal justice interventions. Criminal Justice Matters, 93 (1), 30-31.

Buncy, S., Goodwin, S., & Bradley, A. (n.d.). Resettling Muslim women with convictions. Probation Quarterly, 22, 60-6.

Book chapters

Bradley, A., Buncy, S., & Goodwin, S. (2022). Muslim women moving on from crime. In Booth, N., & Masson, I. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Women's Experiences of Criminal Justice. Routledge:

Goodwin, S. (2016). Lived desistance: understanding how women experience giving up offending. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: transforming identities. (pp. 67-90). Bristol: Policy Press:

Goodwin, S. (2014). Relatively supported? : desisting women and relational influences. In Shapland, J., de Maillard, J., Farrall, S., Groenemeyer, A., & Ponsaers, P. (Eds.) Desistance, Social Order and Responses to Crime: Today's Security Issues. GERN Research Paper Series 2014. (pp. 13-28). Antwerpen: Maklu

Other activities

I am a member of the British Society of Criminology, European Society of Criminology, and the Howard League for Penal Reform's Early Career Academics Network.

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