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Research Profile

Dr Amanda Robinson 


Career Profile

After completing her postgraduate training at Michigan State University in 2001 (a PhD in Interdisciplinary Social Science with concentrations in criminology, sociology, and industrial/organisational psychology), Amanda moved to Cardiff and is now a Reader in Criminology at Cardiff University.

Amanda's research generally includes a strong policy focus, and her funded research has made a significant policy impact. Most notably, Amanda has undertaken a series of inter-related research projects that have contributed to significant changes in the services afforded to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  It is significant that the initiatives Amanda subjected to empirical scrutiny have become the common framework for how services are delivered across the UK, and are informing the development of services across Europe. Closer to home, Amanda was the lead author of the Task & Finish Group Report that provided the evidence underpinning the Welsh Government’s proposals in the 2012 White Paper Legislation to End Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales).

Amanda is very experienced collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data (using Atlas-ti and SPSS) and conducting research that includes both process and outcome evaluations. She has been the Principal Investigator on a number of projects (including at the national level), ensuring the research is conducted ethically, sensitively and delivered to cost and on time. Her key inputs in collaborative teams centre on the methodology (data collection and analysis, including interviews with vulnerable groups such as victims of domestic violence) and dissemination of the research (report writing and presentations). She is very adept at drawing out the main conclusions from complex multi-site and multi-method projects and making them accessible to a wide audience. Amanda has acquired a reputation for methodological rigour in combination with an ability to produce ‘digestible’ practice-based messages for practitioners and policy-makers. 

Amanda lives in Cardiff with her husband Ed and their three young children.

Teaching Profile

Areas of teaching:

Year 1: Introduction to Social Science Research;
Year 2: Responses to Crime;
Year 2: Offending and Victimisation;
Year 2: Social Research Methods;
Year 3: Crime Control, Regulation and Policing (Convenor);
Year 3: Criminological Practice;
Year 3: Dissertation;
MSc: Police and Policing (Convenor);
MSc: Sentencing and Penal Theory;
MSc: Theories of Crime and Criminal Behaviour;
MSc: Patterns of Crime and Their Explanation;
RGS: Intermediate Quantitative Analysis Using SPSS (Social Sciences).