Dr Helena Gosling

School of Justice Studies

Dr Helena Gosling is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice and programme lead for the MA Criminal Justice and MA International Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University. To date, Helena has worked at LJMU for more than 10 years occupying a variety of roles and responsibilities across both Criminology and Criminal Justice programmes. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked in the drug rehabilitation sector across community, residential and custodial settings.

Helena completed a PhD in 2015 entitled 'An invitation to change? An Ethnographic study of a residential Therapeutic Community for substance use.' The study offers a unique insight into the innovative design, delivery and intricate workings that take place in a residential Therapeutic Community. Conducted at a time of great change and uncertainty, the study captures the tensions at work in realising the theoretical ambitions of the Therapeutic Community and challenges of reconciling increasingly commercial/business orientated decisions within public health models of thinking.

Since completing the PhD, her main research interests are situated in the design, delivery and commissioning of innovation and alternative practice within and beyond the criminal justice system. More recently, through her work on Learning Together, Helena has developed and extended her research interests to focus on ways in which Higher Education can work alongside current and potential students with experience of the criminal justice system in a more meaningful way. To date, Helena has published articles in a number of leading journals such as (but not limited to) Criminology and Criminal Justice; Critical Social Policy, International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and Journal of Prisoner Education and Re-entry.

Degrees

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
LJMU, United Kingdom, MA Academic Practice

Academic appointments

Programme Lead, MA Criminal Justice / MA International Criminal Justice, LJMU, 2020 - present
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies, LJMU, 2014 - present
Sessional Lecturer in Criminal Justice, LJMU, 2010 - 2014
Sessional Lecturer in Criminology, LJMU, 2010 - 2015

Journal article

Gosling H. 2021. New Directions. Insights from research into a prison-based Therapeutic Community Drink and Drug News, :13-13 Author Url Public Url

Gosling H, Burke L, Maclennan S. 2021. Learning Together: forging belonging among students with experience of the criminal justice system Innovations in Practice, 14 :14-22 DOI Publisher Url Public 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? Therapeutic Communities: the international journal for therapeutic communities, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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

Gunby C, Carline A, Taylor S, Gosling H. 2020. Unwanted Sexual Attention in the Night-Time Economy: Behaviors, Safety Strategies, and Conceptualizing “Feisty Femininity” Feminist Criminology, 15 :24-46 DOI Author 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 Public Url

Gosling H. 2018. 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

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, Public Url

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

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

Scott DG, Gosling HJ. 2015. Before Prison, Instead of Prison, Better than Prison: Therapeutic Communities as an Abolitionist Real Utopia International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, DOI Public Url

Scott DG, Gosling HJ. 2015. Thinking Beyond the Punitive Rationale: Promoting TCs as a radical alternative to prison? Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, DOI Public Url

Gosling H, Buck G. 2015. Mentoring: crossing boundaries with care?: Helena Gosling and Gill Buck consider mentoring within a criminal justice context Criminal Justice Matters, 99 :22-23 DOI Public Url

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

Gosling HJ. Reflections on Doing Ethnographic Fieldwork in a Residential Therapeutic Community for Substance Misuse European Group Newsletter,

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

Gosling HJ. ‘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, DOI Public Url

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, Public Url

Gosling H, Burke L. “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, Public Url

Gosling H, Maclennan S, Burke L. Developing a creative pedagogy to narrate the university experience of non-traditional students. Prism,

Gosling HJ, Buck G. Crossing Boundaries with Care? Criminal Justice Matters,

Internet publication

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

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 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

Scott D, Gosling H. A little Knowledge can be a bad thing: critical reflections on Therapeutic Community Tourism.

Scott D, Gosling H. Therapeutic Communities: A "radical and ambitious" approach for women who break the law

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

Book

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

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

Other

Gosling HJ. 2017. Prisoners Rights Post Release :211-212

Gosling HJ, Scott D. 2016. Otherwise than prisons, not prisons otherwise: Therapeutic Communities as non-penal real utopias Emancipatory Politics and Praxis: An anthology of essays written for the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, :181-202

Gosling HJ. 2016. Prisoners Rights Morley S, Corteen K, Turner J, Taylor P. :209-210 Public Url

Gosling HJ. Building inclusive learning environments

Chapters

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

Thesis/Dissertation

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

Gosling HJ. An Invitation to Change? An Ethnographic Study of a Residential Therapeutic Community for Subsatnce use

Conference publication

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

Report

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, Scott D. Therapeutic Communities as Alternatives to Women’s imprisonment. Official Submission to Scottish Ministry of Justice [March, 2015]

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

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. 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

Other Professional Activity:

Blog for Phoenix Futures. ‘Act-as-if you are infected and infectious’: what has the global Therapeutic Community movement learnt from COVID-19?' Available here at: https://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/about-phoenix-futures/spotlight-on-recovery/phoenix-news-and-views/act-as-if-you-are-infected-and-infectious-what-has-the-global-therapeutic-community-movement-learnt-from-covid-19/. 2020

On-line blog for Phoenix Futures. 'Delivering residential drug treatment during a pandemic: Exploring the impact, management and lessons of COVID-19.' Available on-line at: https://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/about-phoenix-futures/spotlight-on-recovery/phoenix-news-and-views/delivering-residential-drug-treatment-during-a-pandemic-exploring-the-impact-management-and-lessons-of-covid-19/. 2020

Gosling, H. (2020) Delivering residential rehabilitation during a global pandemic. Exploring the impact, management and lessons from COVID-19. Interim Report, November 2020. Submitted to Phoenix Futures..

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..

Other invited event:

Learning Together, creatively collaborating, online, Professor Lol Burke, Sarah MacLennan and myself were invited to talk at the National Association of Probation Officers annual general meeting due to our work facilitating an educational initiative for people who have academic, personal and/or professional experience of the criminal justice system at LJMU.. 2020

External collaboration:

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

Research Grants Awarded:

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.

Conference presentation:

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, Oral presentation. 2014

Fellowships:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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