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School of Health and Society

Dr Kelly Lockwood


Kelly came to the University of Salford in 2015 as a Research Assistant before becoming a criminology lecturer in 2016. Kelly has research interests in women and the criminal justice system, with a focus on mothering and imprisonment. Since arriving at Salford Kelly has worked on a number of externally funded research projects in this area. Kelly has previously worked as a manager for a women’s centre working in partnership with criminal justice agencies to support women who had offended or were at risk of offending. Kelly is also currently the programme lead for the Criminology with Counselling programme.


I am currently the module convenor of Criminology modules, ‘Prisons and punishment’ and ‘Gender, crime and criminal justice’ and contribute to ‘Theoretical Criminology’ and ‘Understanding Victims and Victimisation’.

Teaching interests:

  • women and the criminal justice system,
  • prisons and punishment,
  • feminist criminology,
  • feminist narrative, 
  • disrupted mothering

Research Interests

Kelly’s area of research is women and the criminal justice system. Within this she has a particular interest in mothering and imprisonment. Kelly is also more broadly interested in disrupted mothering identities. She also has a strong interest in qualitative research methodologies with a particular focus on feminist narrative research and ethical dilemmas in feminist research.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • 2017: PGCAP – Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. University of Salford.
  • 2013: PhD (ESRC scholarship) ‘Mothering from the inside: narratives of motherhood and imprisonment’, University of Huddersfield. Awarded with no amendments.
  • 2009: MSc Social research and evaluation (SW), (ESRC scholarship), University of Huddersfield. Distinction.
  • 2008: BSc Applied Criminology. University of Huddersfield. First Class.


Lockwood, K., Smith, K. and Karpenko-Seccombe, T. (submitted) ‘Rethinking Stories of Transnational Mothering with International Students’. Women's Studies International Forum. Woodiwiss, J., Smith, K. and Lockwood, K. (2017) Eds. Feminist narrative research: Opportunities and challenges. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lockwood, K. (2017) ‘Listening to mum: narratives of mothers in prison’. In Woodiwiss, J., Smith, K. and Lockwood, K. Feminist narrative research: Opportunities and challenges. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lockwood, K. And Raikes, B. (2016). ‘A difficult disclosure: the dilemmas faced by families affected by parental imprisonment regarding what information to share’. In. Reeves, C. Experiencing Imprisonment: research on the experience of living and working in carceral institutions. London: Routledge.

Raikes, B. and Lockwood, K. (2011) ‘Mothering from the inside’: a small-scale evaluation of Acorn House, an overnight child contact facility at HMP Askham Grange. Prison Service Journal. No.194. pp:19-26

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Postgraduate research

  • Narrative
  • Women and the criminal justic
  • Prison
  • Mothering