Sue began academic life studying LLB Law at the University of Hull, and subsequently an MA in Criminology at the same university, for which she was awarded a distinction. She joined the University of Lincoln in 1998 as a part-time, associate lecturer in Criminology, and was made a permanent member of staff in 2005.
Her research explores the intersection between criminology and social policy, particularly as it relates to disadvantaged children, young people and families, with a focus upon the areas of youth crime prevention, youth justice, anti-social behaviour, and family interventions. More broadly, it has also explored issues of youth participation, empowerment and access to services and this area ties in with her pedagogic research interest in student voice, representation and engagement. Between 2011 and 2013, she led the University’s evaluation of Lincolnshire County Council’s Community Budget Pilot for supporting families with complex needs, which provided the foundations for developing their Troubled Families service, and used this project to produce a thesis for her PhD, which she was awarded in 2018. This work has led Sue to identify the social and structural barriers to young people's development, and she has consequently initiated a Child Friendly City project for Lincoln, which seeks to bring together local authorities, education providers and local third sector and community organisations with a focus upon promoting children's rights and wellbeing. Sue's doctoral studies also led to a growing interest in Ethics of Care theories, which now inform her research, teaching and community practices.
Sue has received a number of prizes for her work at the University:
Individual Merit Award, University of Lincoln Individual Merit and Achievement Awards 2018.
Staff Member of the Year Award, University of Lincoln Student Union Awards, 2017.
Individual Merit Award, University of Lincoln Individual Merit and Achievement Awards, 2016
Student Engagement Lead for the School of Social & Political Sciences - supporting staff and students to develop more collaborative ways of working, and chairing the staff-student Subject Committee.
Lead for the University’s Student Engagement Special Interest Group: Collaboration.
Link Tutor for the BA (hons) Social Science programme delivered by our partners, Lincoln College and North Lindsey College.
Member of the College of Social Science Academic Affairs Committee.
Youth crime prevention, youth justice, anti-social behaviour, family interventions and ‘troubled’ families.