Dr Jill Annison

Dr Jill Annison

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminal Justice Studies

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


Jill Annison is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) within the Criminology and Criminal Justice Team in the Plymouth Law School.  She is the Senior Personal Tutor and the Academic Liaison Partnerships person (ALP) for the CCJS programme in 2017-2018.


Jill's early career path centred on full-time professional posts working with offenders and young people in trouble. After the award of a 1st Class degree with the Open University she followed a more academic path and subsequently completed her PhD 'Probing Probation:  Issues of Gender and Organisation within the Probation Service', which focused on change in Probation. She undertook the role of Programme Co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) Community Justice (Probation Studies) at the University of Plymouth from 1998 to 2004. This involved partnership work across the SW Region probation areas in respect of the training programme for trainee probation officers. She then moved into a mainstream role within the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies team, while continuing to focus on Probation.

1978 Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (Probation specialism). Croydon College

1992 BA (Hons) 1st Class. The Open University

1995 Postgraduate Diploma in Social Research. University of Plymouth

1998 PhD 'Probing Probation: Issues of Gender and Organisation within the Probation Service'. University of Plymouth

2001 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. University of Plymouth

Professional membership

Member, British Society of Criminology

Member, European Society of Criminology

Member (and coordinator Europe with Dr Pamela Ugwudike, University of Swansea) of CREDOS (Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision)

Fellow of the Probation Institute and also part of the Research Committee and Academic Advisory Panel of the Probation Institute.

Roles on external bodies

2011 - 2015 Trustee for the charity RECOOP (Resettlement and Care for Older Ex-offenders and Prisoners).

Teaching interests

In the academic year 2017-2018 Jill's teaching is as follows:

Semester 1

CCJS 2122 'Penal Theory and Responses to Adult Offenders' (module leader with Patricia Gray)

CCJS 3142 'Dissertation' (Stage 3 Tutor and module leader)

Semester 2

CCJS 3154 'Women, Crime and Criminal Justice'

She is a personal tutor for students in Stage 2 and Stage 3 and also supervises Stage 3 dissertation students.

Staff serving as external examiners

2010 - 2013 External Examiner at University of Portsmouth for the probation training framework (PQF).

2010 - 2012 External Examiner at De Montfort University for the Masters in Applied Criminology and Criminal Justice programme.

2008 - 2012  Appointment as External Examiner at De Montfort University for the Diploma in Probation Studies / BA Community and Criminal Justice and Certificate in Community and Criminal Justice programmes.

2007 - 2011  Appointment as External Examiner at Hertfordshire University for the BSc (Hons) Community Justice (Probation Studies) programme.

2006 - 2006 Appointment as External Examiner at University of Wales, Newport for the MSc degree ‘The Management of Organisational Development and Professional Practice’.

2000 - 2003 Appointment as external examiner for the BSc (Hons) Community Justice (Probation Studies) programme at Sheffield Hallam University (which then covered both Yorkshire and Humberside, and all of Wales).

Research interests

  • Developments in Probation Policy and Practice.
  • Interventions with Adult Offenders.
  • Gender and Crime.
  • Gender and Organisational Change.
  • Risk in Relation to Crime and the Criminal Justice System.
  • History of Probation

Other research

November 2016 'The Resettlement of Women Offenders:  Learning the Lessons', co-authored with Dr Patricia Gray and Dr Lesley Simmonds,
see https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/uploads/production/document/path/8/8608/Women_s_Research_Project_FINAL_REPORT_13_Feb_2017.pdf  

June 2012 'COCOA: Care for Offenders, Continuity of Access. Byng, R., Quinn, C., Sheaff, R., Samele, C., Duggan, S., Harrison, D., Owens, C., Smithson, P., Wright, C., Annison, J., Brown, C., Taylor, R., Henley, W., Qureshi, A., Shenton, D., Porter, I., Warrington, C., Campbell, J. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme.

October 2011 'Plymouth's Integrated Offender Management: Seven2One - One Year On', co-authored with Socio-Economic Research and Intelligence Observatory (SERIO), Plymouth University.

October 2011  'Plymouth's Integrated Offender Management: A Review of Costs', co-authored with Socio-Economic Research and Intelligence Observatory (SERIO), Plymouth University.

August 2008 'University and Programme Choice and Decision-Making: Exploring Students' Views and Perspectives', co-authored with Tina Wilkinson. Research study undertaken for Faculty of Social Science and Business Admissions and Marketing.

February 2008 ‘Evaluation of the Prolific Offenders Resettlement through Co-ordinated Housing (PORCH) Project;, co-authored with Rebekah Southern, Fiona Vicente & Adam Fisher, Socio-Economic Research and Intelligence Observatory (SERIO), University of Plymouth, see http://www.serio.ac.uk/resources/files/Evaluation%20of%20the%20Prolific%20Offenders%20Resettlement%20through%20Coordinated%20Housing%20PORCH%20Project.pdf

December 2007 ‘St. Petrock’s Accommodation Support and Advice Service Evaluation’, co-authored with Rebekah Southern, Ruth Watkins and Katie Pratt. Socio-Economic Research and Intelligence Observatory (SERIO), University of Plymouth.

August 2007 ‘Evaluation of the ESF Funded Warbarth Project in Cornwall Delivered by Working Links’, co-authored with Rebekah Southern, Adam Fisher, Fiona Vicente and Lou Farbus. Socio-Economic Research and Intelligence Observatory (SERIO), University of Plymouth, see http://www.serio.ac.uk/resources/files/Evaluation%20of%20the%20ESF%20Funded%20Warbarth%20Project%20in%20Cornwall%20Delivered%20by%20Working%20Links.pdf  

2006  'Career Trajectories of Graduate Trainee Probation Officers (Cohorts 1-5 from the Plymouth programme). Unpublished report, supported by SW Probation Consortium and 5 SW Probation Areas.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

2013    Third supervisor (with Dr. Patricia Gray and Dr Zoe James) for Magdalini (Rita) Pipini - PhD thesis entitled 'Public Attitudes towards Crime and Punishment in Greece and the Factors Underlying their Construction'.

Grants & contracts

'Rehabilitative Provision for WomenOffenders in an Age of Austerity'.  Co-researcher with Dr Patricia Gray and Dr Lesley Simmonds, inpartnership with the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC).  Research project funded by the Devon and Cornwall Police and CrimeCommissioner and the Lankelly Chase Foundation through the Cornwall PromotingChange Project led by Cornwall Voice of the Voluntary Sector (CVSF) - £5,000 +£2,000 Plymouth University Faculty of Business Research Facilitation Grant.

2012-2014.  ESRC-funded research project (grant reference ES/J010235/1) - 'Plymouth Community Justice Court: A Case Study of Problem Solving Interventions, Reducing Re-Offending and Building Public Confidence'.  Co-investigators: Dr. Tim Auburn (principal investigator); Dr. Daniel Gilling and Dr. Gisella Hanley Santos (Research Fellow).  See http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/ES.J010235.1/read

Research groups

  • Social and Public Policy

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

'Transforming Rehabilitation: Another Example of English 'Exceptionalism' or a Blueprint for the Rest of Europe', co-authored with Lol Burke and Paul Senior, European Journal of Probation (April 2014), Vol. 6, No. 1:  6-23.

'Innovation in Probation Practice: Past, Present and Future', Probation Journal (September 2013), Vol. 60, No. 3: 227-241. Submitted for the 2014 REF.

'Change and the Probation Service in England and Wales:  A Gendered Lens', European Journal of Probation (January 2013), Vol. 5, No. 1: 44-64. Submitted for the 2014 REF.

'Delving into the Probation Journal:  Portrayals of Women Probation Officers and Women Offenders', Probation Journal (December 2009), Vol 56, No. 4:  435-450. Submitted for the 2014 REF.

'Trust and Confidence in Probation and the Criminal Justice System', co-authored with Ian Clewlow, Vista (2008), Vol. 11, No. 3:  220-227. 

'People First: Probation Officer Perspectives on Probation Work', co-authored with Tina Eadie and Charlotte Knight, Probation Journal (September 2008), Vol 55, No. 3:  259-271. Submitted for the 2014 REF.

‘A Gendered Review of Change within the Probation Service’, in The Howard Journal (May 2007), Vol 46, No. 2: 145-161.  Submitted for the 2008 RAE.

‘Style over Substance? A Review of the Evidence Base for the Use of Learning Styles in Probation Practice’, in Criminology and Criminal Justice: An International Journal (May 2006), Vol 6, No. 2: 239-257.  Submitted for the 2008 RAE.

‘Action Research: Reviewing the Implementation of a Distance-Learning Degree Programme Utilising Communication and Information Technologies’, in Innovations in Education and Teaching International (May 2002), Vol. 39 No. 2. 


Annison, J., Brayford, J. and Deering, J. (eds) (2015).  Women and Criminal Justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation.  Bristol:  Policy Press.

Chapters within this book:

Chapter 1: ‘Corston and Beyond’, co-written with Jo Brayford (co-editor).

Chapter 2: ‘Transforming Rehabilitation: Implications for Women’, co-written with Jo Brayford and John Deering (co-editors).

Chapter 5: ‘Probation Practice with Women Offenders in Wales’, co-written with Kate Asher (probation officer).

 Chapter 8: ‘Older Women Prisoners and ‘The Rubies’ Project’, co-written with Alma Hageman (RECOOP project worker at Eastwood Park Prison).

Chapter 14: ‘Conclusions’,co-written with Jo Brayford and John Deering (co-editors).

Book chapters:

'Women and Probation - Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead', in Vanstone, M. and Priestley, P. (2016).  Probation and Politics:  Academic Reflections from Former Practitioners.  London:  Palgrave Macmillan.

'Discovering Mental Ill Health: 'Problem Solving' in an English Magistrates' Court', authors: Tim Auburn, Cordet Smart, Gisella Hanley Santos, Jill Annison and Daniel Gilling, in O'Reilly, M. and Lester, J. N. (2016).  The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health.  Basingstoke:  Palgrave.

‘Risk and Protection’, in Pitts, J. and Bateman, T. (eds) (2005). Companion to Youth Justice. Lyme Regis: Russell House. 

‘In Support of Effectiveness: Facilitating Participation and Sustaining Change’, co-authored with Frances Fleet, in Chui, W. H. and Nellis, M. (eds) (2003). Moving Probation Forward: Evidence, Arguments and Practice. Harlow: Pearson. 

‘Men Probation Officers: A Gendered Analysis of Change and the Probation Service’, in Christie, A. (ed) (2001). Men and Social Work: Theories and Practices. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 

‘The De-Professionalisation of Probation Officers’, co-authored with Tim May, in Abbott, P. and Merrabau, L. (eds) (1998). The Sociology of the Caring Professions. 2nd edition.  London: Taylor and Francis.


Book Reviews

August 2014 Review of Resisting Punitiveness in Europe?  Welfare, Human Rights and Democracy, edited by Sonja Snacken and Els Dumortier (2012), for European Journal of Probation, Vol. 6, No. 2: 194-196.

May 2014 Review of Probation and Social Workers on Trial: Violent Offenders and Child Abusers by Wendy Fitzgibbon (2012) for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books - a joint project of Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, see http://clcjbooks.rutgers.edu/

2013 Review of Doing Probation Work: Identity in a Criminal Justice Occupation by Rob Mawby and Anne Worrall (2013) for Police Journal, Vol. 86, No. 2:  192-195.

2007 Review of Managing Persistent and Serious Offenders in the Community by Robin Moore, Emily Gray, Colin Roberts, Emily Taylor and Simon Merrington (2006) for Youth & Policy, No. 96, Summer 2007:  125-126.

2005 Review of Alternatives to Prison: Options for an Insecure Society’, edited by Anthony Bottoms, Sue Rex and Gwen Robinson (2004) for Criminal Justice journal, Vol. 5, No. 4: 433-434.

2004 Review of Offending Behaviour by Emma Palmer (2004) for Vista journal, Vol. 9, No. 3: 201-202.

2004 Review of What Matters in Probation, edited by George Mair for Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3: 65-67.

Conference Papers:

September 2015 'Changing Agendas: The Implementation of Therapeutic Justice in an English Community Court'.  European Society of Criminology Conference, University of Porto.

September 2015 'When Political Ideology and Market Values Triumph: Interrogating the Transforming Rehabilitation programme in England and Wales'.  CREDOS (Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision) pre-meeting at the European Society of Criminology Conference, University of Porto.

July 2014 'Therapeutic Justice and Women Offenders: A Community Justice Court Case Study'.  British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool.

June 2014 'Interrogating the Implementation of Therapeutic Jurisprudence in an English Community Justice Court'.  National Deviancy Conference, Teesside University.

July 2013 'Forcing a Square Peg into a Round Hole? Reflections upon the Importation of the Concept of Community Justice into an English Magistrates' Court'.  British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Wolverhampton.

May 2013 'The Rubies Project at HMP Eastwood Park'.  Women and Justice Conference, University of South Wales.

April 2013 'Keeping Values on the Agenda'.  Community Sanctions Working Group of European Society of Criminology, Liverpool Hope University.

2012  'Change and Challenge for Probation Staff in England and Wales: Issues of Gender and Deprofessionalisation'.  British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Portsmouth.

2012 'The Quest for Success: Evaluation of an Integrated Offender Management Scheme'.  British Society of Criminology Conference (co-presented with Allice Hocking), University of Portsmouth.

2011 'Comparative Viewpoints on Probation:  Issues of Policies and Practice from England and Wales and Belgium'. Community Sanctions Working Groups of the European Society of Criminology (co-presented with Aline Bauwens).

2010 'Probation in England and Wales: Challenging Times', European Criminology Conference.

2009 'Revisiting Community Interventions with Women Offenders through the 'Mirror' of the Back Catalogue of the Probation Journal', British Criminology Conference.

2008 'Interventions with Prolific Offenders:  Exploring Risk and Need', European Criminology Conference.

2008 'Conveying Complexities of Reconviction Data', Methods@Plymouth, University of Plymouth (co-presented with Rebekah Southern)

2008 'Streamlining Administrative Processes and Enhancing Student Choice', The VC's Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Plymouth

2008 'Punish, Help, Change and Control:  The Changing Role of the Probation Officer', British Criminology Conference.

2006  ‘Just a Passing Fad?  Revisiting the Evidence-Base for the Use of Learning Styles in Probation Practice’, British Criminology Conference.

2004 'An Exploration of Gendered Occupational Change in the Criminal Justice System'. British Society of Criminology Conference (co-presented with Will Hay).

1997 ‘Power, De-Professionalisation and the State’. British Sociological Association Conference (co-authored with Tim May).

1995 ‘All Change or No Change? A Study from a Feminist Perspective of Gender and Organisational Issues within the Probation Service’. Women’s Studies Network (UK) Association Annual Conference.

Reports & invited lectures

August 2015 'Older Women, Outsiders on the Inside: Older Women in Prison'.  Talk at Canterbury Soroptimists' Group.

December 2014 'Plymouth Community Justice Court: A Case Study of Problem Solving Interventions, Reducing Re-Offending and Building Public Confidence'.  Presentation at the Probation Institute: A Centre of Excellence - Promoting Evidence and Learning to Shape Professional Practice' event.

November 2012  'The Changing Identity of the Practitioner: From Court Missionary, Welfare Officer, Social Worker to Law Enforcer: What Next?'  Speaker at Fringe meeting at the Centenary AGM of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO).

November 2012 'Creating a NAPO Archive: A Collaborative Project', Keynote speech at the Centenary AGM of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO).

July 2012 'Innovations in Probation Practice'.  Opening speech at the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) Centenary Professional Conference.

2008 'Views from the Inside.  A Review of the Changing World of Probation'.  School of Health and Social Studies, University of Wales, Newport.