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School of Justice Studies

Ester Ragonese

Ester Ragonese

Telephone: 0151 231 3941

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Biography

Ester is Associate Dean (Education) for APSS. She is also a member of the Criminal Justice team in The School of Law teaching on a range of criminal justice related modules across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study. Ester is research active, and with experience of working in the criminal justice system as a probation officer for a number of years she has a wide and varying range of research interests; however in the main these focus on the issue of social exclusion, particularly with regard to the homeless population and the management and treatment of offenders within the criminal justice system. Ester has a keen interest in the resettlement experiences of those who are incarcerated and works closely with local prisons and community organisations in a research and consultancy capacity to develop 'best practice' in this area. Ester has presented papers and been invited to speak at conferences in Britain, Europe and North America.

Ester is a National Teaching Fellow and as part of her responsibilities at LJMU she teaches on the PGcert working with staff to encourage them to focus on their teaching practice. Developing the student experience and understanding the process of higher education for the development of policy and practice is also a key research interest.

Languages

Italian

Academic appointments

Associate Dean Education, APSS, LJMU, 2016 - present
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 2004 - present
University Teacher, Social Policy and Social Work, University of Liverpool, 2001 - 2004

Postgraduate training

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, United Kingdom, Nottigham Polytechnic, 1990 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Buck G, Lawrence A, Ragonese EL. 2017. Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation. The British Journal of Social Work, 47 :1745-1763 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Millings M, Taylor S, Burke L, Ragonese E. 2019. Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short-term prisoners. Probation Journal, 66 :77-95 DOI Public Url

Buck G, Lawrence A, Ragonese EL. 2017. Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation. The British Journal of Social Work, 47 :1745-1763 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Taylor S, Burke L, Millings M, Ragonese E. 2017. Transforming Rehabilitation during a penal crisis: a case study of Through the Gate services in a Resettlement Prison in England and Wales European Journal of Probation, 9 :115-131 DOI Public Url

Burke L, Mair G, Ragonese E. 2006. An evaluation of service provision for short-term and remand prisoners with drug problems Probation Journal, 53 :109-123 DOI

Report

Taylor S, Burke L, Millings M, Ragonese E. 2018. Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short term prisoners. Final Briefing Report. DOI Public Url

Taylor S, Burke L, Millings M, Ragonese E. 2018. Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short term prisoners. Executive Summary. Public Url

Ragonese EL, Murray E. 2017. Armed forces communities and social isolation: A needs analysis for service providers in Cheshire East

Ragonese EL, Askew R, Cross N. 2014. Evaluation of the Resettlement Practices and Procedures in HMP Altcourse

Ragonese EL. 2009. AN EVALUATION OF THE SUPPORTING OFFENDERS ADVICE SERVICE IN NORTH LIVERPOOL (SOAS)

Ragonese E, OKeffe H. ‘A quantative needs analysis report of a Resettlement Services Survey’

Ragonese EL, Hopkins J, Luxton A. Options outreach service: exploring and understanding the service user experience and impacts on health and wellbeing Options outreach service: exploring and understanding the service user experience and impacts on health and wellbeing Public Url

Book

Ragonese E, Rees A, Ives J, Dray T. 2014. The routledge guide to working in criminal justice: Employability skills and careers in the criminal justice sector :1-318 9780415810708

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

Liverpool John Moores University QR Funding, Understanding the Retention Continuum, Bleddyn Davies, Grant value (£): 2,000, Duration of research project: 5 months. 2019

HMP Altcourse, HMP Altcourse - Quantative Needs Analysis, Grant value (£): 2,500, Duration of research project: 2 months. 2017

Interserve Justice, Evaluation of the EFAN Project, Rachael Steele, Emma Murray, Grant value (£): 15,000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2017

HMP Altcourse, Evaluation of the Resettlement Practices and Procedures in HMP Altcourse., Rebecca Askew, Grant value (£): 10,000, Duration of research project: nine months. 2013

The Citizens Advice Bureau, An Evaluation of The Supporting Offenders Advice Service in North Liverpool, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2009

Other invited event:

Interview on Prison Radio HMP Altcourse, HMP Altcourse, Interviewed on HMP Altcourse Prison Radio by a prison officer. Broadcast across the prison.. 2019

Blackpool and the Fylde Colleger (Lancaster): Criminology Re-Validation, Remotely, External Expert on Re-Validation Panel.. 2018

Shaping the Future: Veterans Substance Misuse: Integration of Health and Social Care, Newcastle, Invited to speak at the above event organised by The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research. Talk focused on Needs Analysis conducted in Cheshire East.. 2017

External Revalidation of FdA and BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, Blackburn College/Lancaster University, Invited external advisor to the re-validation of FdA and BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Programmes. 2016

External committees:

LIPA Assessment Group, LIPA, Committee member. 2018

Top 20 HMP Liverpool Task and Finish Group, National probation Service/CRC/HMP Liverpool, Member. 2018

Reducing Re offending Group, Chaired by Community Director/ Head of Operations Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd, Group member - Academic Representative. 2018

Fellowships:

National Teaching Fellowship, Advance HE. 2018

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2015

Conference presentation:

Building a resettlement culture within a local prison: A case study of partnership working between practitioners, researchers and educators, Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness: Howard League for Penal reform, Oxford University, Oral presentation. 2018

"The missing piece of the jigsaw? : The role and value of prison education in the resettlement journey", European Society of Criminology, Cardiff, Oral presentation. 2017

What Makes Students Stay, EAIR, Porto Portugal, Oral presentation. 2017

Re-evaluating resettlement: best practice and challenges to the reintegration of offenders, American Society of Criminology, USA/New Orleans, Oral presentation. 2016

What Makes Students Stay, LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2016

Re-evaluating resettlement: best practice and challenges to the reintegration of offenders, Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the penal landscape, Keble College Oxford, Oral presentation. 2016

Re- evaluating Resettlement: Best Practice and Challenges to the Re-integration of Offenders, European Society of Criminology, Portugal/Porto, Oral presentation. 2015

Membership of professional bodies:

Professional Member, The Howard League for Penal reform, https://howardleague.org/. 2018

Member, SEDA: Supporting and Leading Educational Change, https://www.seda.ac.uk/. 2018

External collaboration:

http://www.uwe.ac.uk/, University of the West of England, Kathy Brown - Law School. 2017

https://www.tees.ac.uk/, Teeside University, Jonathan Eaton. 2017

Award:

Vice Chancellors Individual Teaching Award, LJMU. 2014

Other Professional Activity:

Board Member of Genie in the Gutter.

Steering Group member SOVA.