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Ms Jean Hine

Job: Head of Research, Community and Criminal Justice / Reader in Criminology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7764




Personal profile

Jean is a Reader in Criminology in the Community and Criminal Justice Division of the School of Applied Social Sciences. She undertakes and manages research in areas of criminology and criminal justice and teaches criminological research and youth crime. She began her research career as an in-service researcher in the Probation Service, following which she moved to a teaching post at the University of Sheffield and then to research contracts at that university.

Her research interests have moved from interventions and ‘What Works’ with adult offenders to exploring young people’s perspectives on crime and issues of resilience and prevention. That journey to an interest in youth crime began when she managed the evaluation of pilot youth offending teams for the Home Office when these were first introduced in 1998.

Following this she was joint PI for the evaluation of another major Home Office project – On Track. As part of the government’s Crime Reduction Programme this project provided a wide range of interventions for children aged 5 -13 at risk of offending with the aim of reducing identified risk factors in individuals and youth crime rates overall.

This experience led to a developing unease with the direction of government policy with its focus on the ‘risk paradigm’ and to the successful award of ESRC funding for a research priority network entitled 'Pathways into and Out of Crime: Risk, Resilience and Diversity', co-ordinating the work of five universities, each with a research project exploring issues of risk, but from the perspective of young people themselves.

The service user perspective is now an important component of all Jean's research. She is currently evaluating the Howard League’s U R Boss project with colleagues at DMU and continuing to develop the ESRC work with the exploration of girls' involvement in violence.

Other recent research has included the provision of education and training for NEET young people, education for adult offenders in the community, restorative justice in children’s care homes, and the exploration of burglary patterns for the police.

Research group affiliations

  • Community & Criminal Justice Research Group
  • Youth Research Group
  • Participation and Social Justice Research Group

Publications and outputs 

  • Evaluation of inter-professional MHFA training in Leicestershire: interim report
    Evaluation of inter-professional MHFA training in Leicestershire: interim report Urwin, Jessica; Hine, Jean
  • ‘Co-creation’ The experiences of student researchers in a ‘co-creation assessment project’ with academic staff.
    ‘Co-creation’ The experiences of student researchers in a ‘co-creation assessment project’ with academic staff. Crisp, Annette; Hine, Jean; Quinlan, Christina; Turgoose, Di Delivered to ULTAs 2017 Conference entitled Transformative & Co-created Education & 21st Century experience
  • Evaluation of Mental Health Provision within Welsh Youth Justice
    Evaluation of Mental Health Provision within Welsh Youth Justice Urwin, Jessica; Hine, Jean; Welford, J.
  • Girl's Violence: Criminality or Resilience?
    Girl's Violence: Criminality or Resilience? Hine, Jean; Welford, J. This chapter examines girls’ violence and considers whether it is a risk factor or part of a strategy by some youth to sustain resilience. The authors show that violent behaviour by girls is “doubly condemned” as violence and an unfeminine expression of identity. Using narratives from girls themselves, the authors show that within gendered spaces that marginalise young women, violence can sometimes be a rational response that helps girls cope when there are limited choices.
  • Victim or offender: Girls and violence in the home.
    Victim or offender: Girls and violence in the home. Welford, J.; Hine, Jean
  • Work with young people: Emergent themes
    Work with young people: Emergent themes Hine, Jean; Wood, Jason, 1978-
  • Work with young people: Theory and policy for practice
    Work with young people: Theory and policy for practice Wood, Jason, 1978-; Hine, Jean
  • The changing context of work with young people
    The changing context of work with young people Wood, Jason, 1978-; Hine, Jean
  • Learning their lesson: T-Learning as a vehicle for in-cell learning by prisoners.
    Learning their lesson: T-Learning as a vehicle for in-cell learning by prisoners. Knight, Victoria; Hine, Jean The low educational attainment of high numbers of prisoners in England and Wales is well documented, with the basic skills of literacy and numeracy being particularly problematic. The education of prisoners is a high priority for the UK prison system. Improvement in literacy and numeracy and the attainment of qualifications and job skills are seen to be a mechanism for finding employment on release, something which is known to help convicted offenders avoid further offending. Involvement in education also helps prisons to achieve their targets for prisoner engagement in ‘constructive activity’ during their period of detention. Despite numerous policy initiatives and additional resources that have been provided for this education, the take-up by prisoners is relatively low. There are many reasons for this but often mentioned are previous negative experiences of education, and an unwillingness to publicly admit the need for such education. In-cell learning in private is one potential means of overcoming these resistances, and the use of interactive digital television holds the promise of being an innovative and secure medium for the delivery of such education. This paper outlines the current position in relation to prisoner education in England, the difficulties of engaging the prisoners who need education the most, and the arguments for the provision of in-cell learning via interactive digital television. This article is the copyright of Common Ground Publishing. Permission for reproducing this article should be obtained from Common Ground Publishing. The file attached is post-peer reviewed version. The definitive version of this article can be obtained from
  • Community, kids and crime.
    Community, kids and crime. Hine, Jean

Click here for a full listing of Jean Hine‘s publications and outputs.

Research interests/expertise

  • Young people and crime
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Education and crime, desistance
  • Resilience
  • Gender and crime
  • Girls and violence
  • Policing

Areas of teaching

  • Criminological Research
  • Analysing quantitative data
  • Young people and crime
  • Supervision of Masters Dissertations


BA Hons (Open)

Courses taught

  • Theory Policy and Practice, BA CCJ
  • Young People and Crime, BA CCJ
  • Criminological Research MA CCJ (Module Leader)
  • Understanding Quantitative Analysis (Module leader)
  • M Res Criminology & Criminal Justice (joint Programme Leader)

Membership of external committees

2008-10, Transition to Adulthood Steering Group, Barrow Cadbury Foundation & Revolving Doors Agency.

Conference attendance

2010, Girls, Violence and Resilience. Pathways to Resilience Conference, Halifax, Canada (with Joanna Welford).

2009, Learning their Lesson: T-Learning as a Vehicle for In-Cell Learning by Prisoners. International Learning Conference, Barcelona, Spain. (with Vic Knight).

2008, Young People and Crime. Inter-Universities Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

2007, Listening to Young People: Why Bovver? European Criminology Conference; Bologna, Italy.

Key research outputs

Hine J and Welford J (2011). Girls’ Violence: Criminality or Resilience in Ungar, M. The Social Ecology of Resilience: Culture, Context, Resources and Meaning. New York: Springer.

Wood J & Hine J (Eds) (2009). Work with Young People: Theory Policy & Practice. London: Sage Publications.

Hine J (2005). Early Intervention: the View from On Track. Children & Society, Vol 19, No 2.

Armstrong D J, Hine J, Hacking S, France A (2005). Young People & Crime: The On Track Schools Survey. Home Office Research Study. London: Home Office.

Hine J (2004). Children and Citizenship. RDS On Line Report 08/04. London: HMSO.

France A, Hine J, Armstrong D, Camina M (2004). The On Track Early Intervention and Prevention Programme: from theory to action. London: Home Office On line report 10/04. Home Office.

Hine J and Celnick A (2001). A One Year Reconviction Study of Final Warnings. RDS On Line Report No 05/01. London, HMSO.

Consultancy work

Area of expertise, previous consultancies undertaken, currently available Y/N, companies worked with.

Research methods and analysis, both qualitative and quantitative; young people and crime; early intervention.

Current research students

PhD supervision

  • The Europeanisation of the English Police Force
  • Change Management in the Police
  • Youth Crime and Resilience
  • Children’s Rights and Youth Justice
  • Young Offenders and Mental Health

Externally funded research grants information

2010, City and Guilds, Learning from Experience, offender learning voice, £35,000 (joint PI with Rob Canton).

2010-13, Howard League, Evaluation of ‘UR Boss’, £110,000 (joint PI with Jennie Fleming and Roger Smith).

2009-11, Leics Connexions, Evaluation of ESF funded Interventions, £20,000 (PI).

2008-11, Leics YOS, Restorative Approaches in Care Homes, £15,000 (joint PI with Vic Knight).

2003-07, Home Office, Evaluation of ‘Safer Schools’ Project, £194,000 (PI).

2002, Home Office, Children and Citizenship, £30,000 (PI)

2002, Home Office, Understandings of Deprived Communities, £30,000 (PI).

2001-2006, Economic & Social Research Council, Research Priority Network: Pathways into and out of Crime: Risk, Resilience and Diversity, £1,410,000 (joint PI and Co-ordinator).

2001, Home Office, Mobile Phone Theft, £9,500 (PI).

2000-2002, Home Office / CYPU, National Evaluation of On Track (Phase 1), £1,500,000 (joint PI).

Professional esteem indicators

Co-editor, British Journal of Community and Criminal Justice, (2007- current)
Reviewer, ESRC (2003 - date)


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