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Dr Vicky Heap PhD, PgCert, MSc, BSc (Hons), FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Summary

As a Senior Lecturer, Vicky delivers teaching sessions on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology programmes. She acts as an Academic Advisor to students at all undergraduate academic levels.

She is also engaged in academic research, primarily in relation to anti-social behaviour, victims, the implementation of criminal justice policy and crime prevention. Vicky also published work on the English riots of 2011.

  • About

    Vicky completed my BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science and Social Science (2:1) and her MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (distinction) at Loughborough University.

    She left Loughborough in 2005, taking up a position as a Community Safety Officer for Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership. In this role she was responsible for developing, implementing and commissioning crime reduction projects in relation to anti-social behaviour, domestic burglary and reducing violence in the night-time economy.

    In 2007 Vicky joined the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield, having secured an ESRC CASE PhD studentship with the Home Office. Her PhD investigated public perceptions of anti-social behaviour, which she completed 2010. She began teaching Criminology at Huddersfield in 2009, where she also completed my PgCert teaching qualification.

    She joined Sheffield Hallam in 2012.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Vicky teaches on a variety of modules on the undergraduate Criminology programme including: Graduate Research and Development 1, Graduate Research and Development 2 (Module Leader), Crime and Punishment (Module Leader), Crime Prevention and the Dissertation.

    Criminology

    Graduate Research and Development 1, Graduate Research and Development 2 (Module Leader), Crime and Punishment (Module Leader), Crime Prevention and the Dissertation

  • Research

    • Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice
  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Heap, V. (in press) Putting Victims First? A Critique of Coalition Anti-Social Behaviour Policy. Critical Social Policy 36(2).

    Heap, V. (in press) 'Anti-Social Behaviour, Harm and Victimisation' in Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P. and Turner, J. (eds) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol: Policy Press.

    Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (in press) 'Policy and Victims in the United Kingdom' in Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P. and Turner, J. (eds) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol: Policy Press.

    Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (in press) 'Victim Hierarchy' in Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P. and Turner, J. (eds) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol: Policy Press.

    Heap, V. (2014) Transforming Anti-Social Behaviour: ASBOs, Injunctions and Cross-Cutting Criminal Justice Concerns. British Journal of Community Justice 12(3): 67-79.

    Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2013) Victims as Vote-Winners? Exploring the ASB / Hate Crime Nexus. Criminal Justice Matters 94(1): 24-25.

    Heap, V. and Smithson, H. (2012) From words of action to the action of words: Politics, post-riot rhetoric and contractual governance, in Briggs, D. (ed) The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent. Hampshire: Waterside Press.

    Heap, V. and Smithson, H. (2012) “We’ve got to be tough, we’ve got to be robust, we’ve got to score a clear line between right and wrong right through the heart of this country”: Can and should the post-riot populist rhetoric be translated into reality? Safer Communities 11 (1): 53-61.

    Heap, V. (2010) Understanding Public Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour: Problems and Policy Responses. Doctoral Thesis, University of Huddersfield. Available at: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/9209/

    Heap, V. (2010) Investigating Public Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour. The Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network Bulletin (2): 9-12. Available at: http://www.howardleague.org/fileadmin/howard_league/user/pdf/ECAN/ECAN_Bulletin_Feb_2010.pdf

    Heap, V. (2009) “I don’t say that bored kids hanging about are bad, but they are scary!” Exploring attitudinal factors that affect public perceptions of anti-social behaviour. Papers from the British Criminology Conference (9): 71-91. Available at: http://www.britsoccrim.org/volume9/5.Heap09.pdf

    Heap, V. (2008) Criminal Victimisation of the Elderly: Have rates of crime against the elderly changed relative to overall crime rates? Internet Journal of Criminology. (MSc Dissertation) Available at: http://www.internetjournalofcriminology.com/Heap%20%20Criminal%20Victimisation%20of%20the%20Elderly.pdf

    Conference Presentations

    Heap, V. (2015) Performative Policies and Futile Figureheads. Paper presented at The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice and British Society of Criminology Victims Network event: An Indo-British Workshop on Crimes Against Women: Normative Criminological and Victim Justice Perspectives, Sheffield Hallam University, 4 December 2015.

    Heap, V. and Duggan, M. (2015) Monitoring the Manifestos: A Reconceptualised Ideal Victim Materialises? Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, Plymouth University, 2 July 2015.

    Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2015) Managing the Marginalised: New Directions in UK Victim Policy. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Victims Network Conference, University of Lincoln, 28 January 2015.

    Heap, V. and Duggan, M. (2014) Administrating Hierarchies of Victimisation. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool, 12 July 2014.

    Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2014) Victims as Vote-Winners: Politicising Victimisation. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool, 12 July 2014.

    Heap, V. and Duggan, M. (2014) The Anti-Social Behaviour/Hate Crime Nexus. Paper presented to the International Network for Hate Crime Conference, University of Sussex, 8 May 2014,

    Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2013) Exposing Subtle Shifts in Victim Policy in the UK and Beyond. Paper presented to the European Society of Criminology Conference, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary, 6 September 2013.

    Heap, V. and Duggan, M. (2013) Exposing Subtle Shifts in Victim Policy. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 3 July 2013.

    Heap, V. (2013) Focus on the Victim: An Appraisal of the 'New' Anti-Social Behaviour Policy Narrative. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 3 July 2013.

    Heap, V. (2010) Beyond Statistics: A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Public Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Leicester, 13 July 2010.

    Heap, V. (2009) “I don’t say that bored kids hanging about are bad, but they are scary!” Exploring attitudinal factors that affect public perceptions of anti-social behaviour. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff University, 30 June 2009.

    Heap, V. (2009) “Shoot them down like mad dogs!” Exploring Public Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour. Paper presented to the University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 27 March 2009.

    Heap, V. (2008) 10 Years and Counting: Reflections on the Changes to Anti-Social Behaviour Policy 1998-2008. Paper presented to the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Huddersfield, 11 July 2008.

    Heap, V. (2008) ASBO-lutely Fabulous? Reflections on the Changes to Anti-Social Behaviour Policy with Reference to Public Perceptions. Paper presented to the University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 10 March 2008.

    Heap, V. (2008) Have We Gone ASBO-lutely Crazy About Anti-Social Behaviour? Regional Final of UK Grad ‘Communicating to the Public’ Poster Competition, University of York, 7 March 2008.

    Heap, V. (2007) Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour: Problems and Policy Responses. Paper presented to the University of Huddersfield Postgraduate Conference, 18 June 2007.

  • Other activities

    Member of the British Society of Criminology

    Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network.

    Network Convenor for the British Society of Criminology Victims Network.

    Reviewer for Safer Communities and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.

    Guest editor of a special anti-social behaviour edition of Safer Communities (deadline for submission 1 March 2016, due for publication January 2017).

    External Examiner for Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northumbria University.

  • Media

    Vicky is a criminology lecturer whose research interests specialise in anti-social behaviour, criminal justice policy, the 2011 English riots and victimisation.

    Before joining Sheffield Hallam University, Vicky worked as a Local Authority Community Safety Officer for two years, leaving to complete her ESRC CASE PhD on public perceptions of anti-social behaviour.

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