Vicky Heap

Dr. Vicky Heap PhD, PgCert, MSc, BSc (Hons), SFHEA

Reader in Criminology


As a Reader in Criminology, my research focuses on highlighting the experiences of anti-social behaviour policy from the perspectives of victims, perpetrators and practitioners. Collectively, this body of work critically interrogates the usefulness of anti-social behaviour policy. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate criminology. I also act as an Academic Advisor, Dissertation Supervisor and PhD Supervisor.


I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2012, where I deliver teaching sessions on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology programmes and conduct research into anti-social behaviour.

Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science and Social Science (2:1) and MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (distinction) at Loughborough University. I left Loughborough in 2005, taking up a position as a Community Safety Officer for Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership. In this role I 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, I joined the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield, having secured an ESRC CASE PhD studentship with the Home Office. My PhD investigated public perceptions of anti-social behaviour, which I completed in 2010. I began teaching Criminology at Huddersfield in 2009, where I also completed the PgCert teaching qualification.


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts


BA (Hons) Criminology, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology, BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice Practice

DeConstructing Research (Module Leader) - Level 5, Investigating Cutting Edge Criminology - Level 5, Controversies of Punishment - Level 5, Dissertation (Module Leader) - Level 6, Social Research Methods (Module Leader) - Level 7


* How anti-social behaviour tools and power affect homeless people funded by Oak Foundation * How Community Protection Notices are used to regulate anti-social behaviour funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy * Recipients experiences of Community Protection Notices funded by the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

Other activities

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Trustee of the charity ASB Help, Conference Committee Chair, British Society of Criminology Executive Committee Member of the British Society of Criminology, Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Former Editor and current Editorial Advisory Board Member for Safer Communities, External Examiner for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Derby

Postgraduate supervision

Benjamin Archer (current) 'Investigating the Implementation of Public Spaces Protection Orders', Dr Jill Dickinson (completed 2019) 'Law's Manifestations in Public/Private Spaces'


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