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Kate Gooch


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Accepting Doctoral Students

PhD projects

Dr Kate Gooch is willing to supervise students interested in prisons, youth justice and criminal law, and/or who are keen to use qualitative and ethnographic methods.


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Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Kate Gooch's principal research interests are in prisons, youth justice and the criminal law, and the use of qualitative and ethnographic research methods. After completing her doctoral research on the experiences of teenage boys in young offender institutions, she has continued to undertake ethnographic and qualitative research within prisons focusing on issues such as: violence, drugs, the illicit economy, serious and organised crime, physical restraint and the experiences of care leavers in custody. In addition, she has published on the treatment of child suspects in police custody, drawing on her expertise in Criminal Law and Child Law. More recently, Kate completed a longitudinal study of the opening of HMP Berwyn, exploring themes such as leadership, organisational culture and change, organisational resilience, staff recruitment and training, prison building and architecture, and rehabilitative practices. Kate is currently the principal investigator on three projects: 1) an ESRC funded grant entitled ‘The Rehabilitative Prison: An oxymoron or an opportunity to radically reform imprisonment?’ 2) Understanding and preventing prison homicide; 3) An international comparative study of prison violence in England, Australia and New Zealand. As part of her commitment to knowledge exchange and dialogue, she regularly presents her research as part of events organised by HMPPS, the Youth Justice Board, the Ministry of Justice, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons. She has also given evidence to the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee and currently sits on the editorial board for the Prison Service Journal and the Incarceration Journal. 

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The Experiences of Care Leavers in Prison

Hughes, N., Gooch, K., Treadwell, J. & Masson, I.

1/02/19 → …

Project: Other

Opening HMP Berwyn

Gooch, K.


Project: Research-related funding

Research Output

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

A Childhood Cut Short: Child Deaths in Penal Custody and the Pains of Child Imprisonment

Gooch, K., 30 Sep 2016, In : The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 55, 3, p. 278-294 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)
43 Downloads (Pure)
4 Citations (Scopus)

The Illicit Economy and Recovery – What we need to understand

Gooch, K. & Treadwell, J., 31 Mar 2019, In : Prison Service Journal. 242, p. 56-63 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Rehabilitative Prison

Jewkes, Y. & Gooch, K., 2019, Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)