Dr Kelly Lockwood

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

Head of Social Policy Sociology & Crim


Kelly came to the University of Salford in 2015 as a Research Assistant before becoming a criminology lecturer in 2016 and then Head of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology in 2023. Kelly has research interests in women and the criminal justice system, with a particular 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.

Areas of Research

Mothering and Imprisonment, Disrupted Mothering, Women and the Criminal Justice System, Families Impacted by Imprisonment, Feminist Narrative Methodologies.


Teaching - Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice; Prisons and Punishment; Victims and Victimisation.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Mothering from the inside: narratives of motherhood and imprisonment

    2009 - 2013
  • MSc Social Research and Evaluation (Social Work)

    2008 - 2009
  • BSc Applied Criminology

    2005 - 2008