Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics
Welcome to the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics
The department is home to a high-quality range of programmes in:
• Criminology (UG and PG)
• Forensic Studies (UG)
• Policing (UG)
• Politics (UG and PG)
• Sociology (UG and PG)
Our courses in Criminology and Forensic Studies draw on the expertise of our own staff as well as other specialists from across the University and beyond. We also offer an MSc in Applied Criminology and we warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate research.
The Department is home to the Institute of Policing (IoP). The IoP is a collaboration between the University and policing and criminal justice partners, working together to meet the professional requirements of modern policing and to develop high-quality, evidence-based education within the police service.
We offer a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment that puts itself at the forefront of the study of a range of contemporary social issues such as creativity, identity, investigation and insecurity. Our dynamic staff are leading innovative undergraduate programmes, and their wealth of experience in teaching, research and practice helps our students address many questions that are crucial to understanding the rapidly changing world in the 21st century.
We are leading the way in producing creative, dynamic research that makes a difference in the real world. All of our staff are actively engaged in research and engagement and the creation of new knowledge that feeds directly into our programmes.
We work collaboratively for positive change in the local, national and global community. The Department has developed strong external relationships and students have been able to do placements with a wide variety of organisations. In some cases this has led to subsequent employment. Students are encouraged to be proactive about placements and to seek out their own work experience opportunities within their course; however, a number of staff maintain close links with a range of external organisations and are able to provide advice and assistance.
The department has dedicated specialist facilities. The Forensic Studies programme is well equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory-based projects.
Meet the team
Head of Department
Dr Gary Jones, Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Criminology and Policing
Criminology and Policing
- Dr Caroline Andow, Lecturer in Criminology
- Dr Matt Clement, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Criminology
- Dr Jill Dealey, Lecturer in Criminology (academic profile forthcoming)
- Dr Alan Grattan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
- Natacha Harding, Lecturer in Criminology
- Dr Ester Massa, Lecturer in Criminology
- Dr Vincenzo Scalia, Reader in Criminology
Other lecturing staff
For further information on Policing, visit the webpage of our Institute of Policing.
- Polly Ayres, Lecturer in Crime Scene Investigation
- Anna Chaussee, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Forensic Studies
- Dr Carolin Esser-Miles, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics
- Dr Wendy Kneller, Convenor, Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology
- Helen McGonigal (formerly Helen Ody), Lecturer in Forensic Entomology
- Dr Amoret Whitaker, Lecturer in Forensic Studies (Entomology)
- Dr Sean Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
- Dr Christine Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Global Studies
- Dr William Sheward, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Global Studies
- Dr Victoria Stadheim, Lecturer in Political Economy
- Dr Maximilian Terhalle, Reader in International Politics
Research and laboratory staff
David Ashby, Criminology and Forensic Studies Laboratory Technician
Research in Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics
Research strengths, centres and groups
Research in Criminology, Forensics and Policing
Crime scene investigation; forensic archaeology and forensic linguistics (for Forensic Psychology, see Psychology Research).
Departmental Criminologists also play a key role in the Criminal Justice Research Network, a collaboration of practitioners and academics working in the field of criminal justice, led by University of Winchester forensic psychology, criminology and policing experts.
Research in Politics
Political economy, financial crises, neoliberalism and capitalist restructuring, financialisation and the political economy of labour and production, international relations, war and conflict, terrorism and security, contemporary US politics and US foreign policy, China, NATO, the EU, Brexit, and the relationship between politics and gender.
See also the Centre for Parliament and Public Law.
Research in Sociology
Social welfare from a socio-legal perspective; gender, feminism and social activism; migration and diasporas; social sustainability; people's experiences with housing and the urban built environment, and energy and environmental technology.
Postgraduate research supervision
We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.
Visit the Research Degrees section to find out everything you need to know about postgraduate research degrees at Winchester.