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Mr Ross Little

Job: Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8763

E: ross.little@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Ross has considerable experience of working in a wide range of job roles in academic criminological research (University of Leicester), research consultancy (Ecorys) youth work policy and practice (National Youth Agency) and as part of a national youth justice participation project, U R Boss, at The Howard League for Penal Reform. He is committed to understanding how the youth justice system works from the perspective of the young people involved in it. He is a trustee, and Chair, of the National Association for Youth Justice.

Research group affiliations

Youth justice

Participatory theory and practice

Education in Young Offender Institutions

Non-formal education

Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster 

Publications and outputs 

Little, R. (2015) 'Putting education at the heart of custody? The views of children on education in a young offender institution', British Journal of Community Justice, 13(2), 27-46. http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/volume-13-issue-2/

Little, R. (2015) ‘Participation and Practice in Youth Justice’, Eurovista (3) 3, http://euro-vista.org/eurovistavol3-3/

Little, R. (2014) ‘Participation and practice: youth justice’, ECAN Bulletin, London: The Howard League for Penal Reform.

Little, R and Creaney, S. (2014) Participation and youth justice, paper given at Transforming youth justice?, hosted by DMU and the NAYJ (2014)

Little, R. (2014) Universities of Crime, paper given at Re-imagining youth justice conference, hosted by The Howard League for Penal Reform (2014)

Getting closer to justice (2013) – a presentation with young advisors working with the U R Boss project at The Howard League for Penal Reform, What is Justice?, Oxford: Keble College.

Education in youth custody: what do young people say?’ (2012) Blog post for The British Council website. 

 ‘Education in HMYOI Warren Hill’ (2012) Report for The Howard League for Penal Reform

 

Key research outputs

Little, R. (2015) 'Putting education at the heart of custody? The views of children on education in a young offender institution', British Journal of Community Justice, 13(2), 27-46. http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/volume-13-issue-2/

Little, R. (2015) ‘Participation and Practice in Youth Justice’, Eurovista (3) 3, http://euro-vista.org/eurovistavol3-3/

Research interests/expertise

How we respond to people who break the law in our society, particularly children and how they can be re-settled into communities following a period in custody.

The development of youth justice system, particularly with regard to participatory practice.

Creating learning spaces in prison.

Child to parent violence.

Areas of teaching

Module leader: Introduction to Criminology (first year undergraduate)

Module leader: Young people and the criminal justice system (third year undergraduate)

Module contributor: Punishment and Society

Qualifications

PGCertHE, De Montfort University (2015)

MA Criminology, Univeristy of Leicester (1999)

BSc Psychology, University of Sheffield (1998)

Courses taught

Introduction to Criminology (module leader, undergraduate)

Punishment and Society

Youth justice

Membership of external committees

Member of Inner Board at the British Journal of Community Justice

Membership of professional associations and societies

The Howard League for Penal Reform (start: 2002, ongoing)
A national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. They campaign on a wide range of issues including short term prison sentences, real work in prison, children in prison and community sentences.  

The National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ) campaigns for the rights of and justice for children and young people in trouble with the law.  

Professional licences and certificates

PGCertHE

Projects

STREAM project

Forthcoming events

Ross organised the Transforming Youth Justice? conference in partnership with the National Association for Youth Justice.

Conference attendance

British Society of Criminology Conference, Plymouth University (2015)

Prisoner Education Trust Conference, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge (2015)

Transforming youth justice?, hosted by DMU and the NAYJ (2014)

  • Presented workshop on participation in youth justice

Re-imagining youth justice, hosted by The Howard League for Penal Reform (2014)

  • Presented paper on Universities of Crime

British Society of Criminology Conference, Liverpool (2014)

Externally funded research grants information

I work on the STREAM project, creating the structure and content for the evaluation guidance.

Internally funded research project information

 Teacher Fellow Funding Application for Learning Together with HMP Gartree

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