Dr Jess Urwin

Dr Jess Urwin

Lecturer in Criminology

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Jess is a Lecturer in Criminology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. After gaining a BSc in Psychology from Coventry University, Jess worked in secondary schools with at-risk young people and completed research for the National Youth Agency. This led her to complete a MRes in Social Work at De Montfort University prior to undertaking her PhD. Jess’s doctoral research focused on the provision of mental health services for young people who offend; considering how the criminal justice context impacted the approach of mental health care. This work was the basis of a monograph published in 2018.

Since then Jess has worked on research projects investigating police officers’ reasoning for stop and search practices, evaluating mental health training programmes for police officers, and considering the mental health impacts of AR games on young adults. Currently, Jess’s research is focused on the treatment of young people by youth justice systems, police, and society.


  • Youth Crime and Justice (Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Criminology (Undergraduate)
  • Legal Psychology and Offender Rehabilitation (Undergraduate)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Campus Based Year 1 Personal Tutor

Research Interests

  • Youth justice
  • Mental health within criminal contexts
  • Social justice in criminology
  • Decision making and organisational structures within criminal justice


I am happy to accept applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Youth crime and youth justice
  • Mental health support within criminal justice
  • Social justice and criminal justice ideologies
  • Youth subculture and cultural criminology


Urwin, J. and Flick, C. (2019) “AR Games as a Potential Source of Improved Mental Wellbeing: Implications for self-help and individual support” Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds 11(3) 309-328

Urwin, J. (2018) A Return to Social Justice: Youth Justice, Ideology and Philosophy, London: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-3-319-73042-4

Urwin, J. (2018) “Imposter Phemonena and Experience Levels in Social Work: An Initial Investigation” British Journal of Social Work 48(5), 1432-1446

Urwin, J. and Hine, J. (2018) Evaluation of Inter-professional MHFA Training in Leicestershire: Interim Report De Montfort University DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.28731.31524

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