Dr Amy Hughes-Stanley

School of Justice Studies

Dr Amy Hughes-Stanley is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice. Amy is currently working alongside Dr Karen Corteen (Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, LJMU) on an evaluation of the Choose Life Project, an organisation that not only directly supports people who use substances, but also uses experiential knowledge and drama events to educate audiences about substance use. Through the QR Policy Support Fund, Karen and Amy were awarded £8369 to support the evaluation.

Amy's PhD thesis focussed upon women's experiences of body-searching in prisons in England and used a feminist theoretical lens. The qualitative research investigated the practice of body-searching in women's prisons in England and explored how these practices impacted upon women during their prison sentence and beyond. The research found that women often experienced body-searching as a form of sexual violence which contributed to and worsened the gendered pains of imprisonment. Amy will present her findings on body-searching technologies at the NGO CSW67 Forum in March 2023.

Amy leads three modules in the Department of Criminal Justice: 3108 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice, 4019 Criminological Theory, and 5018 Injustices in a 'Just' System. Amy is currently organising and leading an international trip to The Hague, where 20 students across LLB Law and Criminal Justice and BA Criminal Justice programmes will visit the International Criminal Court and Leiden University's MSc Comparative Criminal Justice programme in February of 2023.

Amy's wider research interests include: women in the criminal justice system (with a particular focus on imprisonment); substance use; miscarriages of justice; sexual violence and crimes of the powerful.


2021, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD, Criminology
2016, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MRes, Critical Social Science
2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons), Criminology

Academic appointments

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool, 2016 - 2020


Hughes-Stanley A. 2023. Crimes of the Powerful Corteen K, Cross N, Steele R, McManus M. Forensic Psychology, Crime and Policing: Key Concepts and Practical Debates Policy Press. Bristol

Hughes-Stanley A. 2023. Criminal Injustice Corteen K, Cross N, Steele R, McManus M. Forensic Psychology, Crime and Policing: Key Concepts and Practical Debates Policy Press. Bristol

Research Grants Awarded:

QR Policy Support Fund, Policy Interventions in Drug and Alcohol Education and Desistance in Higher Education and Beyond: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Impact of a Choose Life Project Event on Criminal Justice Students in Universities in England, Dr Karen Corteen, Grant value (£): 8369, Duration of research project: 2 Years. 2022