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Dr Victoria Knight

Job: Senior Research Fellow

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 2577720

E: vknight@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Dr Victoria Knight PhD MA BA (Hons) is a senior research fellow for the Community and Criminal Justice Division in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University. She has expertise and research experience across three core areas: 1) digital technologies use in prisons, 2) emotion and criminal justice and 3) young offenders and education.

Victoria employs a range and mix of methodologies including qualitative and quantitative. Victoria has extensive research experience for engaging ‘hard to reach’ groups in a range of settings; both community and prison. She strives to adopt an ‘appreciate approach’, taking on board people’s situations and difficulties.

Victoria has lead and managed a number of research projects and evaluations with respect to basic skills interventions for young offenders. These include an evaluation of the Scratch programme in Leicestershire (2004-7) a subsequent recidivism analysis of this programme (2007-8) and more recently a study into 16+ NEET young offenders for Leicestershire YOS. Another study evaluated the use of  restorative approaches in children’s care home setting (2008-2011).

She has completed a range of prison studies including minority ethnic prisoners’ perceptions of the Prison and Probation Service (2004), mass communication consumption in a closed male young offenders’ institution (2000).Her doctoral thesis explored the role of in-cell TV in male adult prisons. Victoria is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Leicester and the editorial board for the Prison Service Journal. Victoria has recently secured a book contract to publish this work on in-cell television- Remote Control: Television in Prison  Palgrave Macmillian2016. 

Dissemination of all of this work has occurred through a range of outlets for academics and practitioners.

Victoria’s teaching covers tutoring young offenders media and communication studies as well as to Media and Cultural Studies undergraduates, research methods and sociological theory for Probation and Police Officers, and media and cultural studies to Applied Criminology and Youth and Community undergraduates. Victoria currently supervises five PhD students.

Victoria is convenor of the Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster at De Montfort University.

Research group affiliations

Applied Social Sciences Research Group

Criminal Justice Research Cluster

Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Prisons
  • Prisoners
  • Digital technologies
  • Media audiences
  • Emotion
  • Digital inclusion and literacy
  • Offender education
  • Governance

Areas of teaching

  • Research methods
  • Sociology
  • Media
  • Media and Crime
  • PhD supervision

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • MA
  • PhD

Courses taught

  • Criminological Research – MA
  • Research and Effective Practice – BA (Hons) Probation- module leader
  • Research and Effective Practice – BA (Hons) Applied Criminology
  • Culture and Subculture- Youth and Community
  • Media and Crime- BA (Hons)- Applied Criminology

Honours and awards

PhD The role of in-cell television in a male adult prison, De Montfort University Leicester 2012.

MA-  Independent Study in Media Studies, De Montfort University Leicester 2001.

BA (Hons) - in Media, English and Politics, De Montfort University Leicester 2000

Membership of external committees

Independent Monitoring Board HMP Leicester 2005-date.

The Prison Service Journal - Editorial Board 2013-date

Projects

Evaluation of Distance Learning in South Wales (2016-17) Prisoner Education Trust

Evaluation of No Cracks (2015- ongoing) Resettlement project run by YMCA funded by Big Lottery

NIHR Programme Development Grant: Exploring approaches to the implementation of embedded structured self-management for diabetes care (2012-2013)

Engaging with the Night Time Economy Community: Finding Ways to Enhance Violence Reduction in Leicester City (2012) for Safer Leicestershire Partnership

Evaluation of Restorative Approaches Project in Children’s Care Homes in Leicestershire (2008-2010) for Leicestershire Youth Offending Service

Engaging 16+ Young Offenders in Education, Training and Employment (2009) A project funded by Leicestershire Youth Offending Service

Recidivism Study of the Provision of Basic Skills for Young Offenders (2007) A project funded by Leicestershire YOT.

Evaluation of Victims and Witnesses Action Group (2005) A project commissioned by Leicester’s Victim and Witness Action Group.

Survey of Personal Safety Provisions and Training for Employees and Service Users in the Leicester City Area (2004) A project commissioned by Leicester’s Victim and Witness Action Group.

Evaluation of the Provision of Basic Skills for Young Offenders (2003- 2006) A project funded by Leicestershire YOT.

Minority Ethnic Prisoners’ Perceptions and Knowledge of the Probation and Prison Services in the East of England (2003). A project commissioned by the East of England Probation Service in order to develop and implement a Race Relations Scheme.

 

Forthcoming events

 

Conference attendance

2015- Modus Vivendi: The cell, emotions, social relations and television AAG 2015 Chicago Carceral Geographies IV: Gendered and Embodied Confinement- selected by http://carceralgeography.com/2014/12/24/carceral-geography-at-the-aag-chicago-il-2015/

 2015- Digital Landscape in European and American Corrections

- Invited Key Note Speaker EuroPris- Corrections Digital Technology Conference Barcelona http://www.europris.org/technology-in-corrections-challenges-for-the-future/

 2015- Emotional Methodologies BSA Postgraduate Conference – University of Leicester  Invited Panel Member http://emotionalmethodologies.weebly.com

 2014- Researching Complexity: Social Domains and Emotion in Prison Research at the  6th Midterm Conference on Emotions University of Aegan Rhodes Greece

2014- Boredom in Prison at the  6th Midterm Conference on Emotions University of Aegan Rhodes Greece

2014- A Good night out? Keeping Leicester City Safe- Festival of Ideas, De Montfort University

Journeys Across Media 2012 Time Tells: Temporal Excavations in Film, Theatre and Television: Doing Prison Time or Doing Boredom with In-cell Television: Adult male prisoners’ experiences of television. Reading University

2012 - Governing Souls with In-cell Television- a study into the role of in-cell television in a adult male prison in UK. Doctoral workshop in Brussels. Audiences- Cross Generational Research.

2012 - Doing Prison Time or Doing Boredom with In-cell Television: Adult male prisoners’ experiences of television. Time Tells: Temporal Excavations in Film, Theatre and Television at the Journeys Across Media at Reading University .

2009 - International Learning Conference- Barcelona: Issues of compliance in Education for Young Offenders T-learning as vehicle for in-cell learning in prison- with Jean Hine.

Key research outputs

Knight, V. (forthcoming) A modus Vivendi –In-cell Television, Social Relations, Emotion and Safer Custody Prison Service Journal

 Knight, V. (2012) Scaling it down? A Study to Identify How 16 + Young Offenders across Leicestershire Engage with Education, Training or Employment in British Journal of Community Justice Vol. 10:2

Knight. V. (2012) Engaging with the Night Time Economy: Finding Ways to Enhance Violence Reduction Across Leicester City Research Report for Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Police https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/9336?show=full

Knight V & Hine J (2009) Learning their Lesson: T-Learning as a Vehicle for In-Cell Learning by Prisoners in The International Journal of Learning – forthcoming.

Knight V, Kemshall H & Dominey J (2007) Gathering Offender Perceptions of Probation Programmes: Potential, Pitfalls and Limits in British Journal of Community Justice Vol 5 (1) Spring 2007 pp65-77.

Fleming J, Goodman H, Knight V and Skinner A (2006) Delivering Effective Multi-Agency Work for Victims and Witnesses of Crime in Practice Journal Vol 18 (4) pp265-278.

Dominey Jane, Knight Victoria and Kemshall Hazel (2005) The Perception of the Participant on Accredited Programmes in the Probation Service Vista Vol 10 (2) pp72-80.

Knight V (2005) An Investigation into Mass Communication Consumption in a Closed Young Offenders’ Institution Participations Journal Vol 2 (1) www.participations.org.

Knight V & Goodman H (2005) Personal Safety Provisions, Services and Training for Service Providers and Users in Leicester City in Community Safety Journal 4 (1) pp20-32.

Knight V (2004) An Investigation into Minority Ethnic Prisoners’ Knowledge and Perceptions of the Probation and Prison Service in the East of England in Community Safety Journal 3 (2) (Spring 2004) pp23-31.

Current research students

Lucy Baldwin- 1st Supervisor

Susie Atherton - 2nd Supervisor

Ausrine Bremner- 2nd Supervisor 

Stephen Christopher- 2nd Supervisor

 

Externally funded research grants information

Knight. V. (2012) Engaging with the Night Time Economy: Finding Ways to Enhance Violence Reduction Across Leicester City Research Report for Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Police https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/9336?show=full

Evaluation of Restorative Approaches Project in Children’s Care Homes in Leicestershire (2008-2010) for Leicestershire Youth Offending Service- PI.

Engaging 16+ Young Offenders in Education, Training and Employment (2009) A project funded by Leicestershire Youth Offending Service- PI.

Case studies

Engaging 16+ Young Offenders in Education, Training and Employment (2009) A project funded by Leicestershire Youth Offending Service- PI.

The YOS have since developed an action plan in response to the findings and recommendations outlined in this research. This means that the YOS are targeting young people who disengage with education at the beginning of their criminal orders based on several benchmarking practices they use ie ASSET scores. I have email correspondence to qualify this and I am in regular contact with the YOS. They are also supporting any publication of material I am currently seeking to publish see above ref framing education and scaling it down articles.

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