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Ms Ester Ragonese

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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on the PGcert at LJMU 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

Ragonese EL, Buck G. Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation. The British Journal of Social Work,

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. Executive Summary.

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.

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, Hopkins J, Luxton A. 2012. 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

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

Journal article

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

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

Ragonese EL, Buck G. Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation. The British Journal of Social Work,

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 Routledge 9781135092771

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: Vice Chancellors Individual Teaching Award, Awarding body: LJMU

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Building a resettlement culture within a local prison: A case study of partnership working between practitioners, researchers and educators, Conference title: Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness: Howard League for Penal reform, Place/location of conference: Oxford University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: "The missing piece of the jigsaw? : The role and value of prison education in the resettlement journey", Conference title: European Society of Criminology, Place/location of conference: Cardiff, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: What Makes Students Stay, Conference title: EAIR, Place/location of conference: Porto Portugal, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Re-evaluating resettlement: best practice and challenges to the reintegration of offenders, Conference title: Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the penal landscape, Place/location of conference: Keble College Oxford, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Re-evaluating resettlement: best practice and challenges to the reintegration of offenders, Conference title: American Society of Criminology, Place/location of conference: USA/New Orleans, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Re- evaluating Resettlement: Best Practice and Challenges to the Re-integration of Offenders, Conference title: European Society of Criminology, Place/location of conference: Portugal/Porto, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: What Makes Students Stay, Conference title: LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Place/location of conference: Liverpool, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External committees:

Committee name: Reducing Re offending Group, Organisation: Chaired by Community Director/ Head of Operations Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd, Position: Group member - Academic Representative

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Senior Fellow, Organisation: Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies:

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

Other invited event:

Title of event: Shaping the Future: Veterans Substance Misuse: Integration of Health and Social Care, Location: Newcastle, Description: 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.

Title of event: External Revalidation of FdA and BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, Location: Blackburn College/Lancaster University, Description: Invited external advisor to the re-validation of FdA and BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Programmes

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: Steering Group member SOVA

Describe the Professional Activities: Board Member of Genie in the Gutter