Dr Hannah Smithson

Academic and professional qualifications

BSc (hons), MSc, PHd

Hannah has published extensively in the area of youth offending, youth justice, community safety and crime prevention. Since obtaining her PhD in 2002, she has attracted a total external income from applied research and evaluation projects of over £0.5 million. Hannah has directed projects funded by government departments, local authorities, police forces and charities. Her research findings have impacted on policy at a local and national level including directly influencing UK government policy. Her research has been instrumental in shaping agendas in research and policy across three interconnected areas: Youth Justice, Youth Gangs and Community Crime prevention. Hannah is co-director of the newly formed Manchester Centre for Youth Studieshttp://www.hssr.mmu.ac.uk/mcys/. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the Safer Communities Journal (Emerald Publishing); external advisor for the Ministry of Justice’s Evaluation research group and a member of the Eurogang network. In 2013 Hannah was awarded an Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowhip and received a visiting scholarship in 2014 from the University of Sydney’s Institute of Criminology.

Previous Employment

2005-2009 – Senior Research Fellow, Applied Criminology Centre, University of Huddersfield

2004- Research Fellow, Environmental Criminology Research Unit, University of Liverpool

2002-2004 – Research Associate, Department of Applied Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Other academic service (administration and management)

Co-Director Manchester Centre for Youth Studies

Deputy Director Sociology Research Centre

Criminology Subject Leader Leader

Departmental REF Co-ordinator (UoA 22) Social Policy

Bidding for Success Workshop Series co-convenor (2013-2014)