Dr Lauren Devine

About me

​My research interests focus on the jurisprudence of State power and private rights.  My current research considers questions of power and rights in statutory welfare, child protection and safeguarding systems.  My current project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation concerns the 'Care Cases Crisis', investigating the complex reasons for the rise in s.31 applications.  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 University Research Ethics Committee (UREC).  I was LL.B. Programme Leader from 2012-2014.  My research and teaching approach is multi-disciplinary, and I hold a Teaching and Learning Fellowship for my work on threshold learning concepts.

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Area of expertise

I research the legal and ethical relationship between the State and private rights.  My particular focus is public law processes, particularly public family law.  My funded work focusses on non-consensual state welfare interventions.  I also research State responses to allegations and the use of expert evidence in justice processes.    

Funded & Commissioned Projects 

2017-2020 - Principal Investigator of 'The Care Cases Crisis': Investigating the reasons for the rise in Care Order Applications in the Family Courts with particular focus on the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre  (The Nuffield Foundation, Grant number JUS/43090, £350,544)

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 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 - 2016 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 -2015 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 ​- 2014 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 

 2017 - Awarded a UWE Learning and Teaching Fellowship

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