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Dr Helena Gosling

School of Justice Studies

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

Helena Gosling is a Reader in Criminal Justice and Social Policy and member of the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (CCSE) at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). She has worked at LJMU for more than ten years during which she has occupied a variety of roles and responsibilities across both Criminology and Criminal Justice programmes. Helena is currently based in the School of Justice Studies and her work is situated in the Creative Justice learning stream. At the heart of which is a belief that pushing the boundaries of criminal justice can lead to greater empowerment for those who encounter the Criminal Justice System.

The substantive focus of her work is dedicated to leading research across two principal areas: the sociology of drug treatment and university experience of justice-involved people. Helena is interested in the implementation of drug and alcohol treatment across community and residential settings. Her funded research programmes examine how effective practice is defined, understood and communicated on a local and national level. Helena is particularly interested in exploring how (and in what ways) Higher Education Institutions can work alongside people with experience of the Criminal Justice System in meaningful ways. To date, she has led educational initiatives, public engagement events and research which challenge the misconceptions that surround justice-affected communities and enhances insight into the university experience of justice involved students.

Helena currently leads taught postgraduate programmes (MA Criminal Justice, MA International Criminal Justice and MSc Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice) and has extensive experience supervising PhD candidates. She is happy to be contacted to discuss PhD applications / future research collaborations and projects.

Degrees

2023, LJMU, United Kingdom, MA Academic Practice [distinction]
2019, LJMU, England, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2015, LJMU, United Kingdom, PhD
2010, LJMU, United Kingdom, MA Criminal Justice
2009, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (hons) Criminology

Certifications

2014, Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellowship (FHEA)

Academic appointments

Reader in Criminal Justice and Social Policy, Liverpool John Moores University, 2023 - present
Programme Lead, MSc Criminal Psychology and Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies, LJMU, 2022 - present
Programme Lead, MA Criminal Justice / MA International Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies, LJMU, 2020 - present
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies, LJMU, 2015 - present
Sessional Lecturer in Criminal Justice, School of Law, LJMU, 2010 - 2014
Sessional Lecturer in Criminology, LJMU, 2010 - 2015

Other

Gosling H, Maclennan S. 2024. Creative Collaborations and Criminal Record 2

Books (authored)

Burke L, Gosling DH. 2022. An Introduction to Penology: Punishment, Prisons and Probation SAGE 9781529765175

Gosling H, Burke L. 2020. An introduction to penology -LJMU custom publication: Essential reading (level 5) :1-391 9781138550988 DOI Publisher Url

Gosling H. 2019. What can we learn from Learning Together? Exploring, Embracing, Enhancing localised criminal justice-higher education partnerships. NAPO 978-0-901617-27-9 Publisher Url Public Url

Internet publication

Gosling HJ. 2021. New Directions. Insights from research into a prison-based Therapeutic Community Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling H. 2020. 'Act-as-if you are infected and infectious:' what has the global Therapeutic Community movement learnt from COVID-19? Publisher Url

Gosling H. 2020. Delivering residential drug treatment during a pandemic: Exploring the impact, management and lessons of COVID-19 Publisher Url

Gosling H, Yates R. 2020. ‘Act-as-if you are infected and infectious:’ what has the global therapeutic community movement learnt from COVID-19? DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling H. 2020. Research partnership launch with Liverpool John Moores University Author Url Publisher Url

Maclennan S, Gosling H, Burke L. 2020. Developing a creative pedagogy to understand the university experience of non-traditional students’: the authors’ story Publisher Url

Gosling HJ. 2017. Learning Together beyond the prison walls: opportunity, threat and sustainabiity Publisher Url

Scott DG, Gosling HJ. 2015. A little bit of knowledge is a bad thing: Reflections on TC Tourism Publisher Url Public Url

Scott D, Gosling HJ. 2015. A "Radical and Ambitious" Approach to Female Offending: Therapeutic Communities and Radical Alternatives to Prison

Gosling HJ. 2015. A little knowledge can be a bad thing: critical reflections on Therapeutic Communities as a radical alternative to prison Publisher Url

Gosling H, Buck G. 2015. Mentoring: crossing boundaries with care?: Helena Gosling and Gill Buck consider mentoring within a criminal justice context DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling HJ. 2014. Reflections on Doing Ethnographic Fieldwork in a Residential Therapeutic Community for Substance Misuse

Gosling HJ. 2014. Organisation, Operation and Effectiveness: Unanswered questions about the Therapeutic Community for Substance Misuse

Gosling HJ. A 'radical and ambitious' approach for females who break the law Publisher Url

Scholarly edition

Gosling HJ, Burke L, Maclennan S. 2021. Learning Together: forging belonging among students with experience of the criminal justice system :14-22 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Maclennan S, Gosling HJ. 2020. We are more than one story: Embracing creativity and compassion through Learning Together DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Report

Gosling H, Pike C. 2020. Delivering residential drug treatment during a global health pandemic. Exploring the impact, management and lessons from COVID-19 Delivering residential drug treatment during a global health pandemic. Exploring the impact, management and lessons from COVID-19. Official submission of findings

Gosling HJ. Executive Summary and Official Submission of Findings for Phoenix Futures Executive Summary and Official Submission of Findings

Gosling HJ. The Early Interventions Healthy Relationships (HELP) programme for women: reflections and moving forward. An official submission to Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company

Gosling HJ, Scott D. Therapeutic Communities as Alternatives to Women’s imprisonment. Official Submission to Scottish Ministry of Justice

Gosling HJ, Gosling HJ. Developing and Sustaining Communities of Recovery Through Peer Mentoring

Gosling H, Pike C. Delivering residential drug treatment during a global health pandemic. Exploring the impact, management and lessons from COVID-19. Official Submission of findings to Phoenix Futures.

Gosling H. Narrating Success. An insight into the workings of a prison-based Therapeutic Community Narrating Success. An insight into the workings of a prison-based Therapeutic Community

Journal article

Gosling H, Maclennan S, Burke L. 2020. Developing a creative pedagogy to narrate the university experience of non-traditional students. Prism: Casting new light on learning theory and practice, 3

Gunby C, Carline A, Taylor S, Gosling H. 2019. Unwanted Sexual Attention in the Night-Time Economy: Behaviors, Safety Strategies, and Conceptualizing “Feisty Femininity” Feminist Criminology, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling HJ, Burke L. 2019. “People like me don’t belong in places like this.” Creating and developing a community of learners beyond the prison gates Journal of Prisoner Education and Reetry, 6 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling HJ. 2018. Recovery Capital. A framework for the contemporary Therapeutic Community? Therapeutic Communities: International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, 39 :129-136 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Scott DG, Gosling HJ. 2017. Otherwise than prisons, not prisons otherwise. Therapeutic communities as a non-penal real utopia Justice, Power and Resistance: European Group Journal, Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling HJ. 2017. A critical insight into practitioners’ lived experience of payment by results in the alcohol and drug treatment sector Critical Social Policy, 38 :244-261 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling HJ. 2016. ‘All this is about is money and making sure that heads are on beds. ’ Perceptions of Payment by Results in a Therapeutic Community Probation Journal: the journal of community and criminal justice, 63 :144-152 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling HJ. 2016. Payment by Results. Challenges and Contradictions for the Therapeutic Community Criminology and Criminal Justice, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Scott DG, Gosling HJ. 2016. Before Prison, Instead of Prison, Better than Prison: Therapeutic Communities as an Abolitionist Real Utopia International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 5 :52-66 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Scott DG, Gosling HJ. 2015. Counterblast: Thinking Beyond the Punitive Rationale: Promoting Therapeutic Communities as a Radical Alternative to Prison Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 :397-402 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Chapters

Gosling HJ. 2017. Prisoners Rights A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights :209-210 Policy Press 978-1447325819 Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling HJ. 2017. Prisoners Rights Post Release A companion to State Power, Rights and Liberties :211-212

Gosling HJ, Scott D. 2016. Otherwise than prisons, not prisons otherwise: therapeutic communities as non-penal real utopias David Scott, with Emma Bell, Joanna Gilmore, Helena Gosling, J.M. Moore and Faith Spear: Emancipatory Politics and Praxis: An anthology of essays written for the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, 2013-16.

Gosling HJ. Creating and Developing inclusive learning environments beyond the prison gate Emerging Voices. Critical Social Research by European Group Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers

Gosling H. From prison capital to recovery capital: Exploring the context of change from the perspective of people who have resided in a prison-based Therapeutic Community Harvey C. Therapeutic Community: Research and Practice Elsvier DOI Publisher Url

Thesis/Dissertation

Gosling HJ. 2015. An Invitation to Change? An Ethnographic Study of a Residential Therapeutic Community for Substance Use Millings M, Mair G.

Conference publication

Gosling HJ, Scott D. Therapeutic Communities as an abolitionist real utopia 8th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference

Book review

Gosling HJ. Book Review. Experiencing Imprisonment: Research on the experience of living and working in carceral institutions Edited by Carla Reeves Probation Journal. The Journal of Community and Criminal Justice,

Gosling HJ. Book Review. Therapeutic Correctional Relationships. Theory, research and practice by Sarah Lewis Probation Journal,

Gosling HJ. Book Review. Rehabilitation Work. Supporting desistance and recovery. Probation Journal: the journal of community and criminal justice, 4 :432-437

Gosling H. Book Review. Peer mentoring in Criminal Justice. Probation Journal: the journal of community and criminal justice, 68 Author Url

Gosling H. Book Review: Vanstone, M. and Priestley, P. (2022) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Rehabilitation in Criminal Justice. Palgrave MacMillan International Criminology, Author Url

Award:

Category: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (nominated), LJMU Teaching Excellence Awards. 2024

APSS Teaching Excellence Awards. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (nominated), LJMU. 2024

Academic Leadership, APSS Teaching Excellence Awards, LJMU. 2023

Nominated for Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research Supervision 2023, LJMU. 2023

Conference presentation:

RE-PRESENT: the university experience of students who have a criminal record, APSS Faculty Conference 2024: Transitions, Bluecoat, Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2024

Hidden in Plain Sight. Surfacing the university experience of justice-involved students through creative methods, Students at the Heart, LJMU, Oral presentation. 2023

Developing a creative pedagogy to understand the 'university experience' of students with a criminal record, Students at the heart, LJMU, Oral presentation. 2022

Building inclusive learning environments, Just Is. National Learning Together Conference, University of Cambridge, Oral presentation. 2016

Therapeutic Communities as an abolitionist real utopia, 8th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Monash University, Australia, Oral presentation.

Public engagement:

Other: Please specify in text box below, General Public, Podcast, Invited speaker / contributor, FACT, Podcast: Resolution, This is a a three-part podcast series which provides a platform for people who have direct experiences of the UK justice system and educators, alongside artists who have contributed to the multiyear art and research project, Resolution (FACT, Liverpool)., https://www.fact.co.uk/resources/2024/05/podcast-resolution. 2024

Museum and Gallery exhibitions/education, General public, Researcher, National Justice Museum, RE-PRESENT: the university experience of students who have a criminal record., This Project Lab emerged from a conversation about how we share stories. Think about the stories we tell about ourselves – a favourite anecdote, the embarrassing moment, the childhood memory – and then think about why we tell these stories. If your life has been reduced to a single story – a label, a stereotype, an assumption – then it can be challenging to see yourself as anything other than that label – not least because of the way that other people (and society in general) react to you. Themes and insights from our research (Gosling and MacLennan) with university students (past and present) across England and Scotland, have been interpreted into original art works by visual minutes artist Rowan Watts. Visual minutes pull out key moments of a life – those breaking and making points - that might otherwise be overlooked or suffocated by the ‘single story’. Twenty of these pieces are currently exhibited in a Project Lab at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham which runs from April to July 2024., https://www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk/museum/events/project-lab-re-present. 2024

Other Professional Activity:

UK Research Integrity Office training (module 1: introduction to research integrity, module 2: research integrity in the UK, module 3: leading by example). 2024

Evidence Café 13: Knowledge exchange and small specialists arts. National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE). 2024

Designs for Inclusion. Enhancing Doctoral Education Programme. EDEPI in Partnership with Advance HE. (2-day training workshop). 2023

Inspiring Futures Conference. Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (attendee). 2023

APSS Faculty Mediator. 2023

Participatory Action Research (PAR) 3-day training event delivered at LJMU by Shortwork. 2023

'Women in the field: decolonising fieldwork' workshop led by Women in the Field in South Asia network and the Decolonising Criminology network, University of Cambridge. 2023

Advisory Board Member for the 'Building Bridges, Safer Communities' project led by Revolving Doors. 2023

Member of LJMUs Centre for Educational Research (CERES). 2023

Member of the Anti-Stigma Network. 2023

Research seminar. Narrating Success. An insight into the workings of a prison-based Therapeutic Community.. 2020

Research Masterclass. Learning Together: Beyond the Prison Gates.. 2019

ILM Coaching and Mentoring (LJMU). 2016

Research seminar. Payment by Results. Reflections 6 years on. Phoenix Futures Wirral Residential Service Staff Workshop. 2016

Research seminar. Gosling, H. (2015) Therapeutic Communities: A progressive alternative to established responses to 'the other'. Research Café. Liverpool John Moores University.

Research seminar. Gosling, H. (2016) Reflections on the Healthy Relationships (HELP) programme. Action Research Workshop for HELP group facilitators and participants. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company.

Research seminar. Gosling, H. (2017) How informed is informed consent? Negotiating ethical dilemmas during ethnographic fieldwork. Ethnography Club. Liverpool John Moores University [by invitation].

Research seminar. Gosling, H. and Burke, L. (2016) Building an Inclusive Learning Environment. Liverpool John Moores University, Merseyside CRC, HMP Liverpool, User Voice..

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU Quality Research (Communities and Impact route 2023/24), A case study of South Liverpool’s Ethnic Minority Specialist Reporting Service, Lawrence Burke, Grant value (£): £2, 690, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2023

LJMU Quality Research (Communities and Impact route 2023/24), Hidden in plain sight. A cross-disciplinary study, drawing on creative methodologies, to surface and critically engage with overlooked experiences of students who have a criminal record, Sarah MacLennan, Grant value (£): £7,252, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2023

Teaching Development Fund (LJMU), Decolonising the curriculum, Emma Murray, Grant value (£): £1000, Duration of research project: 2 months. 2023

LJMU Quality Research Fund, We are more than one story: A cross-disciplinary study, drawing on creative methodologies, to surface and critically engage with overlooked experiences of students who have a criminal record., MacLennan, Sarah, Grant value (£): 9, 856.80. 2022

LJMU Quality Research funding stream & Phoenix Futures, A secondary data analysis of drug treatment outcomes, Grant value (£): £4,000 (£2,000 from LJMU QR and £2,000 from Phoenix Futures, Duration of research project: 5 months. 2022

Phoenix Futures, A critical examination of the ‘austerity agenda’ within and between Therapeutic Communities in England and Scotland through the lens of practitioners and residents., Grant value (£): £585, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2020

Phoenix Futures, Narrating Success. A service-level evaluation of a prison-based Therapeutic Community. Commissioned by Phoenix Futures., Grant value (£): £6,750, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2020

Liverpool John Moores University Quality Research Fund, An exploration of how creative pedagogy can be deployed to capture the experiences of higher education among students with criminal convictions, Burke, Lawrence; MacLennan, Sarah, Grant value (£): £1,231.99, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2018

Liverpool John Moores University, QR Funding, A critical examination of the ‘austerity agenda’ within and between Therapeutic Communities in England, Scotland and Ireland through the lens of practitioners and residents, Grant value (£): £2,000. 2018

Phoenix Futures, Developing and sustaining communities of recovery through peer mentoring., Grant value (£): £2,000. 2018

Liverpool John Moores University Curriculum Enhancement Fund, What can we learn from Learning Together? A small-scale study into the benefits of co-operative learning., Burke, L, Grant value (£): £1,630.20. 2016

Liverpool John Moores University QR Funding, An examination of the role of higher education in the desistance process., Burke, L., Grant value (£): £5,000. 2016

Liverpool John Moores University QR Funding, Recognising and negotiating empowering practices. Exploring the meaning and role of empowerment amongst former prisoners who have participated in a Therapeutic Community., Grant value (£): £1,925.00.

Liverpool John Moores University REF-Upskilling Project, Gosling, H. (2018) Can creative pedagogy explore the lived experience of Higher Education (HE) among students with criminal convictions?, Grant value (£): £4100.00.

Phoenix Futures, RADAR: evolution and efficacy, Grant value (£): £46,366.00.

External collaboration:

Liverpool John Moores University, National Justice Museum, Nottingham. 2022

https://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/news/launching-research-partnership-liverpool-john-moores-university, Liverpool John Moores University, Phoenix Futures. 2020

Other invited event:

What do we know about the university experience of students who have a criminal record?, University of Chester, What do we know about the university experience of students with a criminal record? [INVITED TALK]. 2022

RAISE special interest group, Liverpool John Moores University, Building impactful relationships with students who have a criminal record [INVITED TALK}. 2022

National Association of Probation Officers (AGM), Microsoft Teams, Learning Together, creatively collaborating [INVITED TALK}. 2020

Conference organisation:

Drugs: Northwest 2022, Conference committee member. 2022

Teaching qualification:

MA Academic Practice. 2022

PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 2019

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (HEA). 2014

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (HEA). 2012

Fellowships:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA). 2014

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (HEA). 2012

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