Dr Sarah Anderson


University of the West of Scotland


Sarah Anderson is a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland. She has recently completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow, looking at the relationship between recovery from trauma and desistance from crime in men. She has published on desistance, drugs, trauma, stigma and multiple exclusion homelessness. Her 2016 article, The value of ‘bearing witness’ to desistance, won the Probation Journal’s prize for their best paper of 2016. Prior to starting her PhD she worked as Director of Research & Development at the criminal justice charity, Revolving Doors, working on NHS England’s Health and Justice Liaison and Diversion Development Network. She has also worked in prisons for the charity St Giles Trust, and she is a Churchill Fellow.


Relevant publications:

Schinkel, M., Atkinson, C. and Anderson, S. (2018) Well-Kent Faces’: Policing Persistent Offenders and the Possibilities for Desistance. British Journal of Criminology.

Anderson, S. and McNeill, F. (2019) Desistance and cognitive transformations. In: Farrington, D. P., Kazemian, L. and Piquero, A. R. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook on Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190201371 (In Press)

Anderson, S. (2016) The value of ‘bearing witness’ to desistance, Probation Journal. Vol 63 (4), pp. 408-424 [open access version] *WINNER of Probation Journal Best Paper Prize 2016

Van Roeyen, S., Anderson, S. and Vanderplasschen, W. (2016) Desistance in drug-using offenders: A narrative review . European Journal of Criminology.

Clark, M., Cornes, M., Manthorpe, J., Hennessy, C. and Anderson, S. (2015) ‘Releasing the grip of managerial domination: the role of communities of practice in tackling multiple exclusion homelessness.’ Journal of Integrated Care. Vol 23 (5), pp. 287-301

Cornes, M., Manthorpe, J., Hennessy, C., Anderson, S., Clark, M. and Scanlon, C. (2014) ‘Not just a talking shop: practitioner perspectives on how communities of practice work to improve outcomes for people experiencing multiple exclusion homelessness.’ Journal of Interprofessional Care. Vol 28 (6), pp. 541-546

Corner, J., Anderson, S., Lankshear, I., Lankshear, A., Senior, J., Shaw, J. and Taylor, P.J. (2014) ‘Offenders and alleged offenders with mental disorder in non-medical settings’. In Gunn, J. and Taylor, P. (eds) Forensic Psychiatry: Clinical, Legal and Ethical Issues, Second Edition. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, pp. 619-657

Anderson, SE, Hennessy, C, Cornes M and Manthorpe J (2013) ‘Developing inter-disciplinary and inter-agency networks: reflections on a “community of practice” approach’. Advances in Dual Diagnosis 6(3), 132-144

Anderson, S., Dickie, E., and Parker, C. (2013) Street Talk: An evaluation of a counselling service for women involved in street based prostitution and victims of trafficking. London: Revolving Doors. Available: http://www.revolving-doors.org.uk/file/1822/download?token=EuWC1iH3)

Anderson, S. (2012) New and innovative approaches to supporting people with complex needs’. London: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Available: http://www.revolving-doors.org.uk/file/1806/download?token=jlwyPgW3)

Anderson, S. and Cairns, C. (2011) ‘The social care needs of short-sentence prisoners’. Durham: North East Public Health Observatory. Available: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Anderson16/publication/281551444_The_Social_Care_Needs_of_Short-Sentence_Prisoners/links/55ed711008aeb6516268de18.pdf)

Anderson, S. (2011) Complex Responses: Understanding poor frontline responses to adults with multiple needs. London: Revolving Doors Agency. Available: http://www.revolving-doors.org.uk/file/1796/download?token=pZa0cCm3

Anderson, S. (2011) ‘A way through the woods: opening pathways to mental health care for women with multiple needs.’ Advances in Dual Diagnosis. Vol 6(3), pp. 132-144


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