Roger Evans BSc (Econ) MA PhD CQSW

Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies

Contact Details:

Telephone: +44 (0) 151 231 3386
Mobile: 07968
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Image of Roger EvansAfter reading for a degree in Sociology and Statistics at Swansea University Roger joined Tube Investments Ltd as a management consultant – industrial sociologist. He was then appointed to a lectureship in sociology at Lanchester Polytechnic followed by a lectureship in sociology-social work in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at Birmingham University. Roger ran the MSc in Socio-Legal Studies programme jointly with the Faculty of Law. He also took leave of absence to complete an MA in Applied Social Studies and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work professional qualification at Warwick University. Concurrently with teaching postgraduate social work at Birmingham University Roger worked as a social worker including with the National Association of Young People in Care, the West Midlands Probation Service, and the South Birmingham Family Service Unit. Roger obtained his PhD from Birmingham University on The policy and practice of diversion from court. Roger was then appointed as Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Director of the School of Law and Applied Social Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and subsequently as Director of the School of Law. At LJMU Roger taught the DipSW professional social work programme, applied social studies, criminal justice and criminology. He retired from LJMU in December 2010. Roger has collaborated with TNS-BMRB Social Research since 2001 and worked in and with the National Health Service since 2002.

Current Posts

Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in the School of Law at LJMU

Honorary Visiting Professor, College of Arts and Law, School of Law, Birmingham University

Visiting Professor Consultant in Social Research, Research and Development Department of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Non-Executive Director, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust

Research Interests

Roger has extensive experience of large-scale practice and policy orientated empirical research in the criminal and civil justice systems and health related areas. Much of this has been funded by government departments including the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice and also by a range of other funding bodies   He has published widely research monographs and refereed journal articles in the fields of social work, criminal and civil justice, and criminology. His most recent research projects include studies of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, the court experience of people with mental disorders, learning disabilities and limited mental capacity in the criminal, civil and family courts, psychiatric reports for sentencing and the analysis of police and CPS files on cases of rape, sexual assault, and GBH with and without intent.

Current Research

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust:

With Dr Nevjeet Bhagrath How does court attendance impact the mental health of patients with Psychiatric disorder? A patient survey .

With Dr Ramesh Atikum How do clinicians make decisions on mental capacity?

With Dr Kate Ross Changing the culture of inpatient care.

With Rachael Allen Evaluating the implementation of a Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) model in a Community Mental Health Team.

Recent Publications

Burton, M., McLeod, R., de Guzman, V., Evans, R., Lambert, H., and Cass, G. (2012) Understanding the progression of serious cases through the criminal justice system: Evidence drawn from a selection of case files. Ministry of Justice Research Series 11/12.

Burton, M., Evans, R., and Sanders, A. (2006) Are special measures for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses working? Evidence from the criminal justice agencies. Home Office Online Report 01/06 ISBN 1 84473 859 0

Burton, M., Evans, R., and Sanders, A. (2006) ‘Implementing Special Measures for Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses: The Problem of Identification’ Criminal Law Review, March, p229-40

Burton, M., Evans, R., and Sanders, A. (2006) ‘Protecting Children in Criminal Proceedings: Parity for Child Witnesses and Child Defendants’ Child and Family Law Quarterly Vol1 8, No 3, p397-406

Burton, M., Evans, R., and Sanders, A. (2007) ‘Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses and the Adversarial Process in England and Wales’ International Journal of Evidence and Proof Vol 11, No1, p1-23.

Rosie McLeod, Cassie Philpin, Anna Sweeting, Lucy Joyce and Roger Evans (2010) Court experience of adults with mental health conditions or learning difficulties. Ministry of Justice at:

Rosie McLeod, Anna Sweeting and Roger Evans (2010) Improving the structure and content of psychiatric reports for sentencing: Research to develop good practice guidance. Ministry of Justice at:

Rosie McLeod, Anna Sweeting, Lucy Joyce, Roger Evans and Claire Barkley (2010) Good practice guidance: commissioning, administering and producing psychiatric reports for sentencing. Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Court Service at:

Mandy Burton, Rosie McLeod, Vanessa de Guzman, Roger Evans, Helen Lambert and Gemma Cass (2012) Understanding the progression of serious cases through the criminal justice system: Evidence drawn from a selection of case files. Ministry of Justice Research Series 11/12.

Cox, R, Evans, R, Stenfert-Kroese, B. (2014) Solicitors’ experiences of representing parents with learning disabilities in care proceedings: altering practice and coping with stress. Family Law, June.

Cox, R, Evans, R, Stenfert-Kroese, B. (Forthcoming 2015) Solicitors Experiences of Representing Parents with Intellectual Disabilities in Care Proceedings – Attitudes, Influence and Legal Processes. Disability and Society

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Impact case study: Changing the system: how good practice guidance improved the commissioning of psychiatric reports. Rated 3* (International Excellence).

PhD Examinations

2014/2015 University of Portsmouth, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies: Christopher Mason-Watts, Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility? An investigation into perceptions of good and bad practice in the Mental Health Review Tribunal

External Examiner

2010-2014 The University of Sheffield, School of Law.

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