Dr Gina Fox

Associate Professor in Criminology


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Dr Gina Fox is a Lecturer in Criminology, University Distinguished Teaching Fellow and National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Gina undertook a BA Honours degree in Law in Ireland and MSc in Criminology at the University of Leicester. Gina then went on to complete her doctoral research which took a closer look at ‘non-accredited’ rehabilitative prison interventions. Here she applied a qualitative approach in exploring the views and opinions of those directly involved in the selection, facilitating and participation of these programmes. The research highlights the need for range, innovation in the approaches to rehabilitation and flexibility in the delivery of programmes, from one prison to the next. This research demonstrates how prison programme provision is a ‘Rehabilitation Lottery’, a term coined by Gina.

Gina coordinates a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also supervises dissertation and PhD students on a variety of topics. One of Gina’s main aims is to enhance the student experience by creating innovative opportunities for discovery-led teaching. Gina’s teaching philosophy is grounded in active and problem-based learning allowing for students to emerge themselves fully in the learning experience and push themselves outside their comfort zones. Designing sessions that centre around activities/gamification makes learning enjoyable and innovative whilst also ensuring that the content is comprehensible and retainable. Developing transferable skills and gaining an insight into the field (i.e. the criminal justice system) are also high on Gina’s agenda.

Research Interests

  • Effectiveness of prison and rehabilitation programmes
  • Nature of re-offending
  • Resistance and desistance from crime

PhD Supervision

  • Penology
  • Desistance
  • Rehabilitation
  • Offender Management


Hopkins, M. and Fox, G. (2013) ‘The choice-structuring properties of security consumption: An exploratory study of security consumption culture within small shops’, Security Journal advance online publication 22 July 2013; doi: 10.1057/sj.2013.28


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