Dr Olivia Pearson

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About me

Olivia is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of the West of England (UWE). She joined UWE in 2016 after completing her PhD at School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University which explored the development and implementation of a youth-focused time bank, the latest social movement in a long line of attempts to garner citizen engagement in civic society.

Olivia has taught on a range of modules, including Introduciton to crimina Justice, Criminological Theory, and Criminology in Action. She is currently module leader for the second year modules, Nature and Use of Research Methods and Angels or Demons.

 Her research interests are broadly based on children and young people. She is interested in the social construction of youth, young people's rights, their opportunities to participate and their involvement in the criminal justice system. Methodologically she has used and continues to be interested in participatory methods where young people actively shape and are engaged in the research process.

Prior to coming to UWE, Olivia has worked as a researcher at Cardiff University and undertook an ESRC funded internship with the Civil Service (Office of the Sentencing Council), where she worked on the development of sentencing guidelines for robbery offences.

Area of expertise

  • youth rights and youth particpation
  • youth justice
  • co-production
  • diversion
  • Welsh youth policy
  • participatory methods



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