Ms Lucy Baldwin

Job: Senior Lecturer in Community and Criminal Justice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8358




Personal profile

Lucy Baldwin is a Senior lecturer in Criminology based in the Community & Criminal Justice Division, located within the Health and Life Sciences faculty of De Montfort University. Prior to entering the world of Academia full time   in 2004 Lucy had worked as both a Social Worker and a Probation Officer  across a broad range of social and criminal justice settings. (In both custodial and community based environments).

Lucy has been at DMU since the inception of the criminology programme and was part of the team developing the programme from scratch and taking it right through to validation. Lucy has taught on many of the modules throughout the various manifestations of the programme; including Introduction to Criminology, Multi Agency Working and Risk, Working with Offenders and Preparation for Professional Practice.  Lucy currently leads Modules on the UG Criminology programme, namely a 1st year module ‘Research, Equality & Diversity’ and a 2 nd year elective module on Mental Health.

Lucy has experience teaching Undergraduate, post graduate and vocational students - having taught on the Policing, Probation and Social Work courses based at DMU. In addition Lucy has been asked to contribute to the development of training and training materials in relation to working emotionally and positively with women and mothers in the criminal justice system. Lucy‘s areas of expertise in relation to teaching are, mothers & criminal Justice, Mothers &Sentencing , mental health & criminal Justice, Equality & Diversity ( specifically women &  mothers) ,sex offending behaviour and working with Domestic Abuse.

Lucy is a Year Coordinator for years 2& 3 of the Criminology programmes, a Module Leader, Personal Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor. Lucy Has the Certificate in research Supervision and has experience of supervising UG, PG and ‘subject’ expert supervision of PhD students.

Lucy is currently involved in Joint Research with Rona Epstein; Honory Research Fellow at Coventry University related the sentencing of women – more specifically the use of short sentences and their impact – particularly in relation to mothers and grandmothers. Lucy’s PhD ‘Mothers Confined’ explores emotional impact and emotional management in relation to the incarceration of mothers and grandmothers.

Lucy has published a number of journal articles  and her book 'Mothering Justice'

Baldwin. L (auth /ed)(2015) ‘Mothering Justice :Working with Motheris in Criminal and Social Justice Settings. Sherfield-on-Loddon. Waterside Press.

Research group affiliations

  • Emotions & Criminal Justice Cluster DMU
  • Reproduction Research Cluster DMU

Publications and outputs 

 Click here for a full listing of Lucy Baldwin's publications and outputs.

Research interests/expertise

  • Mothers and Prison
  • Mothers and Sentencing
  • Women and the Criminal Justice System
  • Mental Health /Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • Working with Domestic  Abuse
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Sex Offenders
  • Professional Practice /Professionalism
  • Trauma Informed Practice 


  • Masters in Applied Social Studies (Durham University)
  • Dip. Social Work (Durham University)
  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies and Psychology (University of Sunderland)
  • Cert RS.(Cerificate in Research Supervision) De Montfort University
  • Ad Cert CTS. Advanced Certificate in Counselling
  • Theory and Skills. (CSCT)NVQ Assessors 

Honours and awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Membership of external committees

External Examiner Criminology Programmes: University of Bedfordshire. (2008-2012) 

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • BASW (British Association of Social Workers)
  • BSA (British Sociological Association )
  • COPE (children of prisoners Europe)
  • Womens Breakout (national organisation working  for alternatives to custody for women)
  • BSC (British Society of Criminology)


  • Co-facilitator with Victoria Knight for the 1st National ‘Emotions & Criminal Justice Conference ‘18th Feb 2016. 
  • Joint Research with Rona Epstein (Coventry University) Women, Mothers and Short Custodial Sentences.

Forthcoming events

  • Invited Speaker to ‘Women Supporting Women’ at University of Worcester National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Domestic Abuse. 
  • Invited Speaker: Hearing the Hidden Voice: Researching Prisoners' Lives and Perspectives. University of Dundee, 23 October  2015.
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