Professor Amanda L Robinson
Deputy Head of School
After completing my postgraduate training at Michigan State University in 2001 (a PhD in Interdisciplinary Social Science with concentrations in criminology, sociology, and industrial/organisational psychology), I moved to Cardiff and am now a Professor of Criminology. I am also Deputy Head of the School of Social Sciences.
My research generally includes a strong policy focus, and I am particularly interested in advancing knowledge in relation to how the police and criminal justice system, health and community-based agencies can best respond to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Notable examples of my research include the development of MARACs (multiagency risk assessment conferences), IDVAs (independent domestic violence advisors), police use of risk assessment tools such as the DASH in the UK and LAP in the USA, and more recently the introduction of the PPIT to more effectively identify and disrupt the most harmful perpetrators of domestic abuse. I was also directly involved in shaping the Welsh Government's White Paper proposals that led to the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015. It is not often that academics are able to trace an idea from inception, through research, implementation and expansion, into new legislation, and I feel fortunate to have had this experience.
Over the years, I have acquired extensive experience collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data. I have been the Principal Investigator on a number of projects, ensuring the research is conducted ethically, sensitively and delivered to cost and on time. I am very adept at drawing out the main conclusions from complex multi-site and multi-method projects, and have acquired a reputation for my ability to produce 'digestible' practice-based messages for practitioners and policy-makers. Most of all, I just really enjoy conducting research and working collaboratively on projects that in some way are able to make a positive difference to the world in which we live.
I welcome PhD applicants to work on topics related to:
- Police and policing
- Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
- Risk identification, assessment and management
- Multi-agency approaches to crime and disorder
- The criminal justice system
I have used a wide range of methodological approaches in my research and am particularly interested in supervising PhD students who want to used mixed methods.
PhD Interdisciplinary Social Science, Michigan State University
MS Criminal Justice, University of Alabama
BA Criminal Justice and Psychology (double major), University of Alabama
Honours and awards
Cardiff University Policy Innovation & Impact Award: “From White Paper to Royal Assent: Academic Input into the Development of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse, and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015” (with Professor Emma Renold)
Article shortlisted for the SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence (Fevre, R., Robinson, A. L., Jones, T., & Lewis, D. 'Disabled Employees' Perceptions of Ill-treatment in the Workplace', Work, Employment & Society, 27(2), 296-315).
Runner up best article (Robinson, A. L. & Tilley, N. 'Factors Influencing Police Performance in the Investigation of Volume Crimes in England and Wales', Police Practice and Research, 10(3), 1-15).
Winner of the American Society of Criminology's Division of Women and Crime student paper award (Robinson, A. L. & Chandek, M. S. 'Differential Police Response to Black Battered Women', Women and Criminal Justice, 12(2/3), 29-61).
- British Society of Criminology (Editor, British Journal of Criminology)
- American Society of Criminology (Editorial Board, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice)
- European Society of Criminology (organising committee for the 2017 annual conference)
- Associate Member of Cardiff University’s Crime & Security URI, Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI), Cardiff Centre for Crime Law & Justice (CCLJ), Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
"More than procedural injustice: Structural harm in the narratives of victim/survivors of gender-based violence", invited presentation at the Justice, Inequality and Gender-Based Violence conference (Bristol, May 2018).
Presentations (including a public lecture and two policy-maker and practitioner seminars) delivered during my two week stay as an 'international visiting scholar' at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia, Feb 2018).
Invited keynote at the N8 Policing Research Partnership’s annual Innovation Forum, "New initiatives to tackle domestic violence perpetrators using the Priority Perpetrator Identification Tool" (Manchester, Nov 2017).
Paper presentations at the American Society of Criminology conference, “Just interactions? Victims’ accounts of their involvement with criminal justice agencies in England and Wales” and “Policing risky domestic violence in a large US city: The impact of sex, race and place” (Philadelphia, Nov 2017).
Chair (plenary session and paper session) European Society of Criminology conference (Cardiff, Sept 2017).
Invited presentation at the Justice, Inequality and Gender-Based Violence conference (Bristol, June 2017).
Invited seminar presentation at the University of Liverpool “High risk victims and priority perpetrators at the interface of theory, research, and practice” (Liverpool, June 2017).
Invited presentation to Justice Analytical Services (JAS) for the Scottish Government, “New research informing new responses to domestic abuse perpetrators” (September 2016).
Invited presentation at the University of Manchester, “Expressing Priorities: A New Practitioner Tool for Domestic Abuse Perpetrators” (April 2016).
Keynote presentation at a two-day domestic abuse seminar on risk assessment and management organised by the Control and Human Resources Directorate of the Portuguese government, Lisbon, Portugal (November 2015).
Keynote presentation at a symposium on tackling domestic abuse organised by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) on behalf of the Scottish Government, Edinburgh (October 2015).
Keynote presentation at the Domestic Abuse Champions National Awards Event, organised by the College of Policing, London (October 2015).
Paper given at the European Domestic Violence Conference “Identification and management of priority domestic abuse perpetrators in Wales”, Belfast Ireland (September 2015).
Dae H. Chang International Visiting Scholar presentation “Under the radar: Policing non-violent domestic abuse in the US and UK”, with Gillian Pinchevsky and Jennifer Guthrie, Michigan State University (24 April 2015). A version of this paper also given at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting, Washington DC (November 2015) with Gillian Pinchevsky (presenter) and Jennifer Guthrie, as well as to the Survey Users Brown Bag Seminar Series, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (January 2016).
"Policing domestic violence in the US and UK: risk identification, assessment and management", American Society of Criminology annual meeting, San Francisco (21 November 2014).
"A risk-led approach to domestic abuse: Development, evidence and critique", keynote speech delivered at Scotland's National Domestic Abuse Conference, sponsored by COPFS (Scotland's Prosecution Authority). Other keynote speakers included the Solicitor General of Scotland and the Chief Constable of Police Scotland (8 May 2014).
"Serial domestic abuse perpetrators", an invited talk given to the Wales branch of the British Society of Criminology (09 April 2014).
In addition to academic talks, in 2014, I gave three media appearances on the day a major government inspection of the police response to domestic violence in England and Wales was published by HMIC (Her Majesty's Inspectorate of the Constabulary), which was very critical of the police: 1) Good Morning Wales live radio programme, 2) ITV television news and 3) BBC television news. I was also a participant in the 1-hour BBC1 live television debate show The Big Questions, discussing the national implementation of Clare's Law (domestic violence disclosure scheme).
"A risk-led approach to domestic violence: The MARAC model in the UK" Keynote speech delivered at the international conference "Violence in close relationships and stalking: Police dealings with high risk cases", Rhineland-Palatinate Police Academy, University of Applied Science, Faculty of Policing, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hahn-Flughafen, Germany (05 November 2013).
"Can Interventions Reduce Recidivism and Re-victimization Following Adult Intimate Partner Violence Incidents?" (with Prof Christopher D Maxwell). This invited talk was delivered in three settings:
"Tackling Domestic Violence: Evidence, Expertise and Experience", Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, Birmingham, England (26 April 2013). Keynote Speech: ALR
Cardiff 2020 Vision Conference, International Women's Day, Cardiff, Wales (8 March 2013). Keynote Speech: ALR
Workshop on the Evidence for Violence Prevention Across the Lifespan and Around the World: Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, Washington, DC (23 January 2013). Presenter: CDM
"Overcoming attrition in domestic violence cases: An objective requiring a victim-centred multi-agency approach." Keynote speech delivered at the CEPOL (European Police College) Presidency Conference, Cyprus (10-12 July 2012).
Committees and reviewing
2017-present Deputy Head of School
2016-present: Member of the Senior Management Team
2015-present: Member of the Research Committee, Co-Director of Research (Impact)
2012-14: Director of the MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM)
I have two decades of teaching experience, and ten years of curriculum design experience. My extensive experience covers all aspects of tertiary-level teaching, including the development of new modules, delivering lectures to both large and small cohorts, group tutorials, individual supervisions and workshops.
During my time at Cardiff University I have taught on all of the undergraduate Criminology modules, and most of the postgraduate Criminology modules. I have also taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate Research Methods modules, and have convened both undergraduate and postgraduate modules.
My teaching is informed by my experience as an active researcher. The overall objective of my teaching is to produce students who are thoughtful, capable and critical consumers of research as well as budding, enthusiastic, and proficient producers of research.
For the last twenty years I have been conducting research into violence and the individual, agency, community and societal responses to it.
Central themes have included:
- gender-based violence
- workplace violence
- specialist courts
- multi-agency approaches
- the criminal justice system.
Since my arrival in Cardiff in 2001, I have been promoted thrice for excellence in research, and have acquired an international reputation as an expert on gender-based violence. In 2016, I received the Cardiff University Policy Innovation & Impact Award: “From White Paper to Royal Assent: Academic Input into the Development of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse, and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.”
My research can be described as utilising mixed methods and having a strong policy focus, with the aim of producing positive changes in real-world settings.
I have an enduring commitment to the improvement of governmental, legislative and practical approaches to reducing violence, and an established track record of effectively engaging with academics, practitioners, stakeholders, and the general public in relation to this issue.