Dr Lauren Devine

  • LL.B. (Hons), M.Phil (Bristol), M.A. (Bham), Ph.D.(Bham), Barrister of the Inner Temple (ICSL); P.G.Cert.H.E., FHEA
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: FBL - Law

About me

I am an Associate Professor with research interests in the jurisprudence of State power and private rights.  I am the Director of the Interdisciplinary & Expert Evidence Network (IEEN) and Solutions for Safeguarding CIC.  I am the head of the Family, Gender and Equality Research Unit and  I Chair the Faculty of Business & Law Research Ethics Committee.  I was LL.B. Programme Leader from 2012-2014.  My research and teaching approach is multi-disciplinary, and I have a particular interest in threshold learning concepts which I am developing as an Associate Teaching and Learning Fellow.

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Area of expertise

I research the legal relationship between the State and private individuals, focussing on the balance between state powers and private rights in justice systems and public law processes, particularly in relation to public family law.  My funded work focusses on non-consensual state interventions with a particular interest in systems intended to be for welfare purposes.  I also research State responses to allegations and issues surrounding the use of expert evidence in justice processes.    My current ESRC funded research project Rethinking Child Protection Strategy looks at child protection and safeguarding systems.

Funded & Commissioned Projects


2016 - Ministry of Justice commissioned Report for a policy and process analysis around identification of safeguarding issues in private family law procedings & design of initial screening materials

2015 - Award holder of start-up funding for Impact via establishing a social enterprise initative, Solutions for Safeguarding CIC (funded by a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and UnLtd of £3,000)

2014 - Principal Investigator of  Rethinking child protection strategy: evaluating research findings and numeric data to challenge whether current intervention strategy is justified.  (funded by a grant from the Econimc and Social Research Council for 'genuinely transformative research at the frontiers of social science', Grant number ES/M000990/1 £202,487). 

2014 - Consultant to 'Crime Scene to Court in Virtual Worlds' (funded by a grant from the University of the West of England Teaching & Learning Fellowship Scheme Award of £11,400)

2012 - Principal Investigator of 'Safer Children? Translating the duty to safeguard children into child protection referrals:  Evaluating Training Effectiveness and Outcomes in an Education Setting' (funded by a University of the West of England Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award of £15,224)

Fellowships & Awards 

 2016 - Shortlisted for the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award

2015 - Winner of the 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