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Dr Sarah Goodwin MPhil, MA (Cantab), PG

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 Sheffield Hallam.

  • About

    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.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    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

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

  • Research

    I am engaged in a new collaborative project researching desistance among Muslim Women in the UK. I also have interests in artistic methods and dissemination in research.
    I continue to present and publish based on my doctoral research.

  • Publications

    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: 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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