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Ms Rose Parkes

Job: Senior Lecturer in Community & Criminal Justice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Participation and Social Justice Research Group

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8378




Personal profile

Rose Parkes has been a full-time academic since October 2005 when she began teaching on social work degrees before joining the community and criminal justice division of De Montfort University. Prior to her employment in Higher Education, Rose was a Probation Officer supervising offenders both in custody and in the community, as well as providing tutor support to students training to become Probation Officers. 

She has gained knowledge and understanding of victim issues as a result of past work for Victim Support, and she is currently an Independent Lay Member of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel. 

 All of these roles reflect her desire to maintain an effective working knowledge of the criminal justice system in order to ensure that her teaching and research is informed by a good understanding of current practice issues.

Research group affiliations

  • Community & Criminal Justice

Publications and outputs 

  • Hard times: Is the ‘Rehabilitation Revolution’ bad news for enrichment activities with prisoners?’
    Hard times: Is the ‘Rehabilitation Revolution’ bad news for enrichment activities with prisoners?’ Parkes, Rose
  • The courage to create: The role of artistic and spiritual activities in prisons.
    The courage to create: The role of artistic and spiritual activities in prisons. Parkes, Rose; Bilby, Charlotte Artistic and spiritual activities should be considered as important elements in varied and diverse responses to offenders’ needs: they value humanity and seek wellbeing. This article examines the role of interventions delivered to prisoners that do not fit within the categories of psychology, education or training (for example, pastimes such as visual and performance arts, meditation and yoga), and maps an alternative terrain to traditional concepts of rehabilitation and treatment. Whilst acknowledging the need to evidence effectiveness in order to satisfy policy makers, victims, and the wider public, we explore the constraints of quantifying the impact of these activities.
  • Breathing space: Spirituality in prisons.
    Breathing space: Spirituality in prisons. Parkes, Rose This article examines overcrowding in prisons and how space can be found in the spiritual. Through descriptions of their experiences of yoga it is possible to observe how, for some prisoners, spirituality provides a much needed ‘breathing space’. In particular, pranayama (breath work) and meditation are the keys to unlocking a sense of freedom within the confines of an oppressive place.

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Key research outputs

Parkes, R. and Kelly, S. (in progress) Mindfulness for Relaxation, in Kinman, G. and Grant, L. (eds.) Resilience for Social Work Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Parkes, R. (2011) Hard Times: Is the ‘Rehabilitation Revolution’ Bad News for Enrichment Activities with Prisoners?, British Journal of Community Justice, 9(1/2), 125-139.

Parkes, R. and Bilby, C. (2010) ‘The Courage to Create: The Role of Artistic and Spiritual Activities in Prisons’. Howard Journal, 49(2), 97-110.

Parkes, R. (2010) ‘Breathing Space: Spirituality in Prison’. Prison Service Journal, 187, 53-56.

Research interests/expertise

  • Spirituality
  • Prisons
  • The Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Probation
  • Criminal justice
  • Sentencing

Areas of teaching

Module Leader for the following:


  • ASCS3533 Diversity in Criminal Justice


  • ASCS3532 Understanding Crime & Criminal Behaviour 3
  • CRIM3002 Theory, Policy and Practice (Module Tutor)
  • CRIM2075 The Arts in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM2007 Working with Offenders 1
  • ASCS2532 Understanding Crime & Criminal Behaviour 2
  • ASCS1532 Understanding Crime & Criminal Behaviour


  •  PGCertHE, MA in Social Work, DipSW, DipBWY, LLB (Hons).

Honours and awards

  •  University of Bedfordshire, Outstanding Commitment Award 2007.

Membership of external committees

  • Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel from October 2012 to present - Independent Lay Member
  • Arts Alliance Steering Committee from 2010 to present – Member

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Arts Alliance from 2010 to present – Member
  • Salford University Centre for Prison Studies from 2009 to present - Member
  • Register of Exercise Professionals UK from 2007 to present – Level 3 Member
  • Prison Phoenix Trust from 2004 to present - Member
  • British Wheel of Yoga from 2003 to present – Teacher

Forthcoming events

Cultural eXchanges 2013 – Annual Arts in Prisons event – co-hosted with Jacqui Norton, DMU / Park Street.

Conference attendance

  • Parkes, R. and Bilby, C. (2009) The Courage to Create:  The Role of Artistic and Spiritual Activities in Prisons.  Paper presented at the British Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff 29 June-1 July 2009.
  • Parkes (2009) Freedom Inside:  A Study of Yoga in Prisons.  Paper presented at the Wellbeing and Place Conference, University of Durham 7-9 April 2009.

Consultancy work

  • Member of Arts Alliance Steering Committee providing expertise on research and evidence of the arts in criminal justice.
  • Member of DMU Equality & Diversity Training Group on Equality Act 2010.

Externally funded research grants information

Enrichment activities? Arts, creativity and spirituality in criminal justice systems, ESRC seminar series, 2012 to 2013, co-investigator, Birmingham City University / Bath Spa University, University of Birmingham and University of Northumbria, Grant of £17,372 Ref:  ES/J021784/1.

Professional esteem indicators

  • External Examiner, MSc Criminology, University of Northampton, 2012 to present.
  • Book Review Editor and Board Member for British Journal of Community Justice from 09.12.09 to present.
  • Peer Reviewer for Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, British Journal of Social Work and British Journal of Community Justice.

Case studies

  • Yoga in Prisons Study, Drive Time Interview, BBC Radio Leicester, broadcast on Friday 10 December 2010.

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