Dr Jill Annison
Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
Jill Annison was Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) within the Criminology and Criminal Justice Team until July 2018. She is now an Honorary Fellow in the School of Law, Criminology and Government at the University of Plymouth. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge in the academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
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
Member, British Society of Criminology
Member of CREDOS (Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision)
Member of the Probation Institute and also sits on 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).
Staff serving as external examiners
2010 - 2013 External Examiner at University of Portsmouth for the probation training framework (PQF).
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).
- 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
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.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Walker, S., Annison, J. and Beckett, S. (2019) 'Transforming Rehabilitation: The Impact of Austerity and Privatisation on Day-to-Day Cultures and Working Practices in 'Probation'', Probation Journal, Vol. 66, No. 1: 113-130.
Annison, J., Byng, R. and Quinn, C. (2018) 'Women Offenders: Promoting a Holistic Approach and Continuity of Care across Criminal Justice and Health Interventions', Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Annison, J. Burke, L. and Senior, P. (2014) 'Transforming Rehabilitation: Another Example of English 'Exceptionalism' or a Blueprint for the Rest of Europe', European Journal of Probation, Vol. 6, No. 1: 6-23.
Annison, J. (2013) 'Innovation in Probation Practice: Past, Present and Future', Probation Journal, Vol. 60, No. 3: 227-241.
Annison, J. (2013) 'Change and the Probation Service in England and Wales: A Gendered Lens', European Journal of Probation, Vol. 5, No. 1: 44-64.
Annison, J. (2009) 'Delving into the Probation Journal: Portrayals of Women Probation Officers and Women Offenders', Probation Journal, Vol 56, No. 4: 435-450.
Annison, J. and Clewlow, I. (2008) 'Trust and Confidence in Probation and the Criminal Justice System', Vista, Vol. 11, No. 3: 220-227.
Annison, J., Eadie, T. and Knight, C. (2008) 'People First: Probation Officer Perspectives on Probation Work', Probation Journal, Vol 55, No. 3: 259-271.
Annison, J. (2007) ‘A Gendered Review of Change within the Probation Service’, The Howard Journal, Vol 46, No. 2: 145-161.
Annison, J. (2006) ‘Style over Substance? A Review of the Evidence Base for the Use of Learning Styles in Probation Practice’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Vol 6, No. 2: 239-257.
Annison, J. (2002) ‘Action Research: Reviewing the Implementation of a Distance-Learning Degree Programme Utilising Communication and Information Technologies’, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, Vol. 39 No. 2: 95-106.
Ugwudike, P., Raynor, P. and Annison, J. (eds) (2018). Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International Research on Supporting Rehabilitation and Desistance. Bristol: Policy Press.
Annison, J., Brayford, J. and Deering, J. (eds) (2015). Women and Criminal Justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation. Bristol: Policy Press.
Annison, J., Auburn, T., Gilling, D. and Hanley Santos, G. (2020) 'A Flawed Revolution? Interrogating the Transforming Rehabilitation Changes in England and Wales through the Prism of a Community Justice Court', in Albertson, K., Corcoran, M. and Phillips, J. (eds) Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice. Bristol: Policy Press.
Chapters within the edited book: Ugwudike, P., Raynor, P. and Annison, J. (eds) (2018). Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International Research on Supporting Rehabilitation and Desistance. Bristol: Policy Press.
Chapter 1: 'Introduction: Effective Practice Skills: New Directions in Research', co-written with Pamela Ugwudike and Peter Raynor (co-editors).
Chapter 19: 'The Ambiguity of Therapeutic Justice and Women Offenders in England and Wales', co-written with Tim Auburn, Daniel Gilling and Gisella Hanley Santos (co-researchers).
Chapter 20: 'Conclusion', co-written with Pamela Ugwudike and Peter Raynor (co-editors).
Annison, J. (2016) 'Women and Probation - Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead', in Vanstone, M. and Priestley, P. Probation and Politics: Academic Reflections from Former Practitioners. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Auburn, T., Smart, C., Hanley Santos, G., Annison, J. and Gilling, D. (2016). 'Discovering Mental Ill Health: 'Problem Solving' in an English Magistrates' Court', in O'Reilly, M. and Lester, J. N. (eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Chapters within the edited book: Annison, J., Brayford, J. and Deering, J. (eds) (2015). Women and Criminal Justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation. Bristol: Policy Press.
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).
Annison, J. (2005). ‘Risk and Protection’, in Pitts, J. and Bateman, T. (eds). Companion to Youth Justice. Lyme Regis: Russell House.
Fleet, F. and Annison, J.(2003). ‘In Support of Effectiveness: Facilitating Participation and Sustaining Change’, in Chui, W. H. and Nellis, M. (eds). Moving Probation Forward: Evidence, Arguments and Practice. Harlow: Pearson.
Annison, J. (2001). ‘Men Probation Officers: A Gendered Analysis of Change and the Probation Service’, in Christie, A. (ed). Men and Social Work: Theories and Practices. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
May, T. and Annison, J. (1998). ‘The De-Professionalisation of Probation Officers’, in Abbott, P. and Merrabau, L. (eds). The Sociology of the Caring Professions. 2nd edition. London: Taylor and Francis.
September 2017 'Transforming Rehabilitation: The Impact of Austerity and Privatisation on Day-to-Day Cultures and Working Practices in 'Probation'', co-presented with Samantha Walker and Sharon Beckett, European Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff University.
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
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.
2014 'Community Justice Court, Plymouth: A Symposium for Professional Stakeholders', associated with ESRC research project ES/JO10235/1.
2013 'Inspire Change - Criminal Justice Conference', co-organised with Sarah Carlsen-Browne, Manager of Devon Reform. Event was held at Plymouth University on 5th July, 2013 and was attended by participants from a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations across the South West and by staff and students from the University. The speakers were: Janet Crowe, Deputy Director of the Prison Reform Trust; Camilla Carr, Hostage Survivor and Director of Restore; Karyn McCluskey, Director of the Reducing Violence Unit of Scotland; and Clive Martin, Director of Clinks.
2009 Part of the organising group for the second annual Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies symposium held on 12th May, 2009. The theme for this year was ‘The Criminological Enterprise: Maximising Impact’. Speakers at the symposium included Professor Mike Hough, the President of the British Society of Criminology (BSC), who launched the South West Branch of the British Society of Criminology here at the University of Plymouth. Tracy Easton, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Devon & Cornwall, and representatives from local criminal justice agencies, along with members of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Team. See further information at http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=26561
2009 Part of the organising group for the Methods@Plymouth Conference held on 19th and 20th May 2009. This ws the fourth annual event in which researchers from inside and outside the university had the opportunity to debate and engage with ideas about experiences of conducting social research. A range of methodological problems and solutions of interest to researchers in the academic, public and voluntary sectors were presented.
Other academic activities
2019 University of Portsmouth - PhD
2018 Swansea University- PhD
2016 / 2018 De Montfort University - PhD
2015 University of Nottingham - PhD
2015 University of Bedfordshire - Professional Doctorate
2014 University of Portsmouth - Professional Doctorate