Dr Lauren Devine

About me

I have been a Senior Lecturer at UWE since 2009 and was the first year LL.B. Programme Manager/Leader from 2012 - 2014.  I am the Director of the Interdisciplinary & Expert Evidence Network (IEEN) and Executive Director of the SAFER Initiative.

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Area of expertise

My research derives from an interest in the legal relationship between the state and individuals, in particular the balance between state powers and private rights.  I look at the issues and tensions surrounding non-consensual state interventions with a particular interest in child protection & safeguarding law and processes; state responses to allegations; miscarriages of justice and issues of expert evidence.  My doctorate considered child protection & safeguarding theory, law and policy and is currently being edited for publication as a monograph (Routledge, forthcoming 2015). 

Funded Research Projects


2015 - Award holder of start-up funding from UWE/HEFCE/UnLtd for the SAFER Initiative (£3,000)

2014 - PI of ESRC funded research for 'genuinely transformative research at the frontiers of social science'. The project title is Rethinking child protection strategy: evaluating research findings and numeric data to challenge whether current intervention strategy is justified (ESRC grant number ES/M000990/1 for £202,487). 

2014 - Consultant to the project Crime Scene to Court in Virtual Worlds (UWE T & L Fellowship Scheme Award £11,400)

2012 - PI of an empirical research project: Safer Children? Translating the duty to safeguard children into child protection referrals:  Evaluating Training Effectiveness and Outcomes in an Education Setting (UWE Early Career Researcher Grant for £15,224)

Teaching & Learning

I teach Legal Methods and module lead Experts & Justice, and Law & Expert Evidence. 

2015 - Winner Faculty of Business & Law Academic Personal Tutor award

2015 - Nominated for the UWE INSPIRE award

2014 - Awarded a UWE Learning and Teaching Associate Fellowship

2014 – Winner of the UWE Assessment and Feedback Award

2014 - Nominated for the UWE INSPIRE Award

2012 – Nominated for the UWE INSPIRE Award

My Publications