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Dr Natalie Booth

Job: Early Career Academic Fellow

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: 0116 257 7725




Publications and outputs 

Booth, N., Masson, I., and Baldwin, L., (2018) Promises, promises: can the female offender strategy deliver? Probation Journal. Available online -

Booth, N,. (2018) Disconnected: Exploring provisions for mother-child contact in female prisons serving England and Wales. Criminology and Criminal Justice. Available online -

Booth, N., (2018) Family Matters: A critical examination of family visits for imprisoned mothers and their children. Prison Service Journal. Vol. 238. Available online -

Booth, N., (2018) Maintaining Family Ties: The Disparities between Policy and Practice Following Maternal Imprisonment in England And Wales in Gordon, L., (ed) Contemporary research and analysis on the children of prisoners: invisible children. Cambridge: Cambridge Publishers Ltd.

Booth, N., (2017) Prisoners’ Children and Families. Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, Vol: 181 (15), pp. 246-248.

Booth, N., (2017) Maternal Imprisonment; a Family Sentence in Hudson, J., Needham, C., and Heins, E., (eds) Social Policy Review 29: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy. The Policy Press and Social Policy Association: Bristol.

Booth, N., (2016) Families separated by bars – the home truths about sending mothers to prison. The Conversation. Available from:

Williams, K., Papadopoulou, V., Booth, N., (2012) Prisoners’ childhood and family backgrounds. Results from Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR) longitudinal cohort study of prisoners. Ministry of Justice Research Series 4/12.

Research interests/expertise

Prisoners' children and families; kin caregiving; women in prison; mothers in prison; qualitative research' reflexivity; penal policy; prison education

Areas of teaching

Module leader for:

Punishment and Society (30 credit, level 5 core module)

Dissertation (30 credit, level 6 core module)


PhD, FHEA, Mres in Social Work, Sociology BSc (Hons)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Women, Family, Crime and Justice (WFCJ) Research Network; International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents; Social Policy Association

Conference attendance

Booth, N., (2017) Prison research; ethical considerations and reflections from a novice. Paper presented as part of a panel Ethics and Research with Women in Justice Systems at the American Society of Criminology conference, 15th-18th November; Philadelphia.

Booth, N., (2017) Are imprisoned mothers being doubly punished? Paper presented at British Society of Criminology (BSC) conference, 6th July; Sheffield.

Booth, N., (2017) Maintaining Family Ties: The Disparities between Policy and Practice Following Maternal Imprisonment in England and Wales. Paper presented at: Inaugural International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP) conference, 20th-23rd March; New Zealand.

Booth, N., (2016) A Family Sentence. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences winner of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, University of Bath. Available from:

Booth, N., (2016) Maternal Imprisonment; a Family Sentence. Paper presented at: Social Policy Association Conference, 4th-6th July; Belfast.

Booth, N., (2015) Maternal Imprisonment: the social inequalities on social life. Paper presented at: European Sociological Association Conference, August 25-28; Prague.

Externally funded research grants information

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Studentship for Doctoral Research on Maternal Imprisonment at the University of Bath (2013-2017). Award number: 1229348. Supervisors: Professor Tess Ridge and Dr Jeremy Dixon.

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