Dr Gisella Hanley Santos
Profiles

Dr Gisella Hanley Santos

Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

School of Law, Criminology and Government

Role

Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Stage 1 Tutor

Internationalisation representative for CCJS / PCJS

Qualifications

2015 - Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Plymouth

2003 - PhD Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles 

1997 - MA Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles 

1993 -  BSc (Hons) Anthropology, University College London 

Teaching interests

CRIM 736 - Emerging Issues in Drugs and Society


CCJS 3158 - Drugs, Crime and Society

CCJS 2120 - Researching Crime and Criminal Justice

CCJS 1115 - Being a Criminologist

CCJS 1109 - Crime in Context  

 

Research interests

·         Drug use, drug policy, harm reduction and drug treatment

·         Social integration of street children and young offenders

·         Social construction of childhood, “at-risk” youth and “rehabilitation”  

·         Transition to adulthood

·         Desistance from crime

·         Community Justice and problem-solving courts

 

Other research

2016 to present                              Young Offenders in their Transition to Adulthood in Brazil: Pathways in and out of                                                            Drug Use and Crime

                                                                Plymouth University

2012 to 2014                         Plymouth Community Justice Court: A Case Study of Problem Solving 

                                            Interventions, Reducing Re-offending and Building Public Confidence

                                                Plymouth University

                                                Dr Tim Auburn; Dr Jill Annison; Dr Daniel Gilling
          
                                 

2011 to 2012                         An Exploration of Black Market Steroids - Access and Quality
                                              
                                                Plymouth University
 
                                                PI: Professor Ross Coomber

2009 to 2010                         Evaluation of three ‘ Transition to Adulthood’ (T2A) Pilots

                                                Projects for Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System.

                                                Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

                                                PI: Dr. Ros Burnett

 

Jan to March 2001                 Gangs in a Los Angeles Housing Project.     

                                                University of California Los Angeles

                                                PI: Professor Diego Vigil

 

1999 to 2000                         Street Children and Young Offenders in Drug Rehab in Brazil

                                                 University of California, Los Angeles   

Summers of 1998 & 1999       Street Youth in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico.

                                                University of California Los Angeles

                                                PI: Professor Diego Vigil

 

1997 to 1999                         The School Transition Study                                

                                                The Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard University

                                                PI: Dr. Heather Weiss

1992                                     Street children in Puebla, Mexico

                                                 University College London 

Additional information

After I was awarded my doctorate in January 2003, I took a six-year break from academia and devoted my time to setting up and running a drug rehab centre for street children and young offenders near the city of Salvador, in northeast Brazil. Called Viva a Vida, the charity aimed to empower these young people by providing them with support to understand and address their drug use and equip them with the necessary skills to help them achieve their goals. Unfortunately, the global financial crisis hit our small charity and dwindling funds meant that we had to make the tough decision to close down the centre in October 2009 and to concentrate the funding we had on running our aftercare support service and our prevention project. 

The Viva a Vida Prevention Project is going from strength to strength. Please click on the following link to learn more about the fantastic work that is being done in Brazil.

Links

http://ongvivaavida.wixsite.com/vivaavida/english    

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