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Biography

Natacha is Lecturer in Criminology, having started as an Associate Lecturer in January 2013. She is currently Programme Leader for Criminology and Criminology & Sociology. 

She received her LLB (Hons) from the University of Surrey in 2008 and continued there to complete her LLM in International Law in 2010. Alongside this study, she completed the Bar Vocational Course at City Law School in 2010.

Her current research explores the use of abstract characterization within media narratives with a particular focus on criminal justice policy and restorative justice working on a model of the 'Humanisation of Policy'. Her general research interests lie within the use of language within political and media communication and its role in policy development and implementation. Furthermore, the role of identity - both collective and individual - and the language of identity in national, local and micro level narratives underpins her work. She is currently completing her PhD, titled 'Competing Narrative of Restorative Justice' (Director of Studies: Dr Alan Grattan).

Natacha has been involved in a range of roles in the criminal justice system including supporting victims of domestic violence through applications for court orders, facilitating the completion of reparative activities in the community of young offenders, and assessing the practical and emotional needs of victims of crime.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Developing Academic and Professional Skills
  • Portrayals of Crime and Deviance
  • Contemporary Criminological Issues
  • Sex and Crime: Criminal Justice and Civil Measures
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision

Publications

Conferences

  • 2017 - 'Playing to Ego: The (potentially) successful selling of criminal justice policy', British Society of Criminology Conference, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 2017 - 'Delivering Boundaries and Engagement - Teaching about Sexual Offending', British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching Network Conference, University of Derby
  • 2017 - 'Delivering Embedded Academic Skills Teaching to Large Groups', Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society
  • 2015 – ‘Restorative Justice: A Criminological Perspective of Political Will’, British Society of Criminology Conference
  • 2014 – ‘Restorative Justice and Desistance’, University of Winchester Research Symposium
  • 2013 – ‘Sleep – a distant dream: The story of a part time, unfunded, full time employed PhD candidate’, University of Bristol Graduate School of Education Doctoral Conference
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