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Dr Rebecca Oswald

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor in Criminology and Sociology in the department of Social Sciences. She currently teaches on undergraduate Criminology modules and on the Northumbria Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) programs. She was awarded her PhD at Northumbria University, entitled 'Exploring the Impact of Meaningful Employment upon the Identity and Desistance Process of Young Offenders' in 2020. 

 

Rebecca Oswald

Rebecca's research interests lie in the areas of youth crime, youth justice, desistance from offending and the role of voluntary sector organisations working with criminalised populations.

Rebecca's research is currently focused on two areas. Firstly, investigating Work Integration Social Enterprise and their role in supporting criminalised individuals desist from crime. Secondly, to greater understand the changing picture of serious youth violence in the Northeast of England and the interventions and best practices that can support young people impacted by violence and child criminal exploitation. 

 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Improving the Hope of Young People Impacted by Serious Violence and Child Criminal Exploitation: Full Report May 2024, Oswald, R., Soppitt, S., Walker, S., Irving, A. 17 May 2024
  • “Improving the Hope of Young People impacted by Serious Violence and Child Criminal Exploitation”. Interim Report April 2023, Oswald, R., Walker, S., Soppitt, S., Irving, A. 4 Jun 2024
  • ‘Safe spaces and places’: the value of design-led methodologies in developing online narratives, Oswald, R., Soppitt, S., Spencer, N., Powell, L., Richardson, C., Coombs, S. 3 May 2024, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • The role of environmental work in supporting child desistance, Oswald, R. 29 May 2024, In: Safer Communities
  • The role of Work Integrated Social Enterprise (WISE) in supporting employment and desistance for criminalised individuals: Preliminary research findings, Oswald, R. 19 Apr 2024
  • Exploring how employment schemes for young offenders aid desistance from crime, Oswald, R. 1 Mar 2023, In: Probation Journal
  • Exploring Young Offenders’ Conceptions of Meaningful Employment, Oswald, R. 1 Mar 2023, In: Trends in Psychology
  • The Digital Turn in Social Work Education and Practice, Toros, K., Falch-Eriksen, A., Lehtme, R., Saia, K., McInnes, A., Soppitt, S., Oswald, R., Walker, S. 27 Sep 2023, Smart Learning Ecosystems as Engines of the Green and Digital Transition, Singapore, Springer
  • Condemned to precarity? Criminalised youths, social enterprise and the sub-precariat, Soppitt, S., Oswald, R., Walker, S. 15 Jun 2022, In: Social Enterprise Journal
  • Serious Youth Violence and First Time Entrants to the Youth Justice Service in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Serious Youth Violence Pathfinder (April 2022), Soppitt, S., Oswald, R., Powell, L., Spencer, N., Richardson, C. 19 Aug 2022

  • PhD November 28 2020
  • Criminology MA June 30 2016
  • Law LLB (Hons) June 19 2012


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