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Sarah Goodwin BA, MPhil

Senior Lecturer in Law and Criminology


I am module leader for Criminal Law. In addition, I teach on Forms of Crime, Graduate Research and Development, Streetlaw Prisons and Mentally Disordered Offenders. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations.

  • About

    After completing my masters, I came to the University of Sheffield to do a PhD in how women stop (or 'desist from') committing 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 was also able to gain some experience in writing and developing funding bids through partnership with Keychanges- Unlocking Women's Potential (a women's mentoring and public awareness organisation). I have maintained these links through my teaching on clinical modules.

    During my PhD, I taught on a variety of criminology and law courses and developed an interest in teaching international students. I also presented a number of papers at domestic and international conferences.

    I joined Sheffield Hallam in August 2014.

    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.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Law and Criminology

    Criminal Law, Forms of Crime, Graduate Research and Development, Streetlaw Prisons and Mentally Disordered Offenders

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Goodwin, S. (2013). Arts groups as community-based criminal justice interventions: Sarah Goodwin looks at the benefits for the people who attend and the organisations that run them. Criminal Justice Matters, 93 (1), 30-31.

    Book chapters

    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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