Dr Isla Masson

Lecturer in Criminology

Contact Details

> Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5777
> Email: imm17@le.ac.uk
> Office: Room 1.09, 1st Floor, Dept. of Criminology, 154 Upper New Walk
> Office Hours: By appointment

Personal Details

Isla is a Lecturer in Criminology and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She gained her BA (Hons) in Criminology and Msc in Clinical Criminology here at the University of Leicester before completing her PhD exploring the longevity of the harm of first short prison sentences on mothers at King’s College London. Her doctoral work involved a series of interviews with women whilst in custody and post release, looking at how incarceration affects their identity as a woman and a mother, as well as issues with mental health, housing and childcare.
Her interests lie in incarceration, female offending and restorative justice but she has also conducted research on young offenders, probationers, problem drug and alcohol users, and racism within the prison estate. She volunteers with the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Onley and previously worked with the organisation New Bridge, providing through the gate support for prisoners in a variety of London prisons.

Research Interests

  • Female offending
  • Incarceration
  • Restorative Justice
  • Youth Offenders

 PhD Supervision

  • Gender
  • Penology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Offender Management


  • Criminological Research Methods (Undergraduate year 2 core module)
  • Current Issues in Clinical Criminology (Undergraduate year 3 core module)
  • Mental Disorder and Crime (Postgraduate core module)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate Year 2 Tutor
  • MSc Year Tutor


Masson, I. and Osterman, L (2017). ‘Working with female offenders in restorative justice frameworks: effective and ethical practice’, Probation Journal. 64(4): 354-371.

Osterman, L and Masson, I. (2018). ‘Restorative Justice With Female Offenders: The Neglected Role of Gender in Restorative Conferencing’, Feminist Criminology. 13(1):3-27.

Masson, I (forthcoming). Incarcerating Motherhood: The Enduring Harms of First Short Periods of Imprisonment on Mothers. Oxford: Routledge.

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F: +44 (0)116 252 5788
E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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