Dr Kirstin Anderson

Lecturer in Criminal Justice

University of the West Coast of Scotland


Kirstin Anderson is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland. She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, her thesis Music Education and Experience in Scottish Prisons contributes to the developing research on the benefits of arts provision for people in custody and provides a baseline for further work on music education in Scottish prisons. Kirstin taught music at Polmont Young Offenders Institution in Scotland, designed a workbook on teaching music in prisons as part of a Knowledge Transfer grant from the University of Edinburgh and was the lead researcher on the national project Inspiring Change in 2010. In addition to her research on arts in prisons, Kirstin is interested in prison officer education especially for officers who work with women in custody. She has worked as a researcher with the Scottish Prison Service, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development and the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Relevant Publications

Anderson, K. (2016) Ex Nemo ad Aliquis: “From Nobody to Somebody” Theatre Nemo’s role in Scottish Prisons. [online]. Available at: http://theatrenemo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ex-Nemo-ad-Aliquis_online-version.pdf

Anderson, K. (2015) Documenting arts practitioners’ practice in prisons: “What do you do in there?”, The Howard Journal, 54 (4) pp. 371-383, The Howard League and Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Anderson, K. (2015) Ex Nemo ad Aliquis: “From Nobody to Somebody” – Theatre Nemo’s Role in Scottish Prisons. [Online] Available at: http://theatrenemo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ex-Nemo-ad-Aliquis_online-version.pdf

Anderson, K. (2014) Music in Scottish prisons: a new direction? Scottish Justice Matters, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Sparks, R. & Anderson, K. (2014) Inspiring Change: evaluating arts and justice initiatives Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Cohen, M. L., Duncan, S., & Anderson, K. (2012) Who needs music? Toward an overview of music programs in U.S. juvenile facilities. In D. Coffman (Ed.), Proceedings from the International Society of Music Education (ISME) 2012 Seminar of the Commission for Community Music Activity. International Society for Music Education

Tett, L., Anderson, K., McNeill, F., Overy, K., and Sparks, R. (2012) Learning, rehabilitation and the arts in prisons: a Scottish case study, Studies in the Education of Adults, 44 (2) pp. 171-185. National Institute of Adult Continuing Education

McNeill, F. Anderson, K., Colvin, S. Overy, K., Sparks, R. and Tett, L. (2011) ‘Kunstprojecten en What Works; een stimulans voor desistance?’ (Trans. ‘Inspiring Desistance? Arts projects and ‘what works?’) Justitiele verkenningen 37 (5): 80-101

Anderson, K. McNeill, F., Overy, K. and Tett, L. (2011). Young Offenders and the Arts: A review of three Inspiring Change arts projects at HM YOI Polmont, Scotland, Prison Service Journal, No. 197, pp. 47-52. HM Prison Service of England and Wales

Anderson, K., Colvin, S., McNeill, F., Nellis, M., Overy, K., Sparks, R. and Tett, L. (2011) Inspiring Change: Final Project Report of the Evaluation Team. [online] Available at: www.motherwell.co.uk/inspiringchange/research.aspx

Anderson, K. & Overy, K. (2010). Engaging Scottish Young Offenders in Education through Music and Art. International Journal of Community Music, 3 (2) pp. 47-64, Intellect Ltd

Anderson, K. (2009) Teaching Music in Prisons: Introductory information and ideas for musicians and teachers working in prisons, University of Edinburgh


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University of the West Coast of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland
School of Media, Culture and Society
Paisley Campus

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