School of Sociology and Social Policy

Image of Melanie Jordan

Melanie Jordan

Associate Professor in Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Mel Jordan is interested in scholarship across, very broadly defined: time, waiting, subjugation, and self-sovereignty.

Teaching Summary

Research and teaching interests:

Criminology: Theoretical criminology; Penology philosophy and practice; Sociology of deviance and criminological theories of deviance; Victimology; Crime and social dimensions; Sociology of prisons and incarceration; Prison culture(s); Ventriloquist populism, media, politics, and the criminal justice system; Sociological research in the justice system (e.g. ethnographic work in prisons); The criminal justice system workforce; Crimes of the powerful and white collar crime; Sex crime and approaches to sexual offenders; Offending behaviours and morality; Private prisons and immigration removal centres; Female prisoners; Vulnerable prisoners (e.g. sexual offenders); Policing, probation, and community sentences; Prison abolition and recidivism approaches; Liaison and diversion away from the criminal justice system; Reducing the cycle of re-offending and related community work; Institutionalisation theory and penal settings; Historical and current prison architecture; State corporal punishment and morality; The social and health profile of offenders; Crime and mental illness; Offender health: prevention, promotion, and treatment; Prison healthcare; Personality disordered offenders and offenders with learning/intellectual disability.

Medical Sociology: Medical sociology and anthropology (esp. historical and current custodial settings); Healthcare provision and receipt experiences and environments (esp. penal/forensic sites); The sociology of illness and healthcare (esp. regarding offenders and recidivism link); Sociology of health professions/relationships (esp. prison staff-NHS prison staff relations).

Social Science Research: Method and methodology theory plus data collection/construction discussions; Epistemology debates re. quantitative and qualitative knowledge; Research with vulnerable participants and research ethics considerations.

Selected Publications

Future Research

Past & Present PGRs:

Dr Edward J. Wright

PhD title: From Rookie to Rocky? On Modernity, Identity and White Collar Boxing.

Dr Ian Hamilton

PhD Title: Employment of Prisoners with Mental Health Problems. The PhD is looking at the effectiveness of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for offenders with mental health problems.

Dr Emma Joyes

PhD Title: Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery explored within Forensic Mental Health.

Prof. Eddie Kane

Prof. Lynn Saunders

The thesis explores the experiences and expectations of people who have been convicted of sexual offences leaving prison and their return to the community. It also explores the approaches of Offender Managers in dealing with the risks and challenges of this group of ex-offenders.

Dr Anthony Salla

PhD title: A Critical Race Study on Non-Statutory Early Intervention Services for Young Racialised People

This research is funded by the ESRC. This study utilises Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a theoretical, methodological and analytical framework to explore the lived experience of young people, racialised as Black, in non-statutory mental health services.

Oscar O'Mara

Title of PhD project: Balancing security and rehabilitation in a prison environment ~ Theory and Practice

Supervisors: Dr Melanie Jordan and Dr Nicola Carr

This research is supported by HMPPS. It seeks to explore the balance and conflict between prison security and rehabilitation in theory and practice on the frontline of the prison service. The research will involve fieldwork in prison establishments and promote the voice of stakeholders and their experiences.

Mike Harmson

My PhD will explore the characteristics and methods used by adult males who access illegal indecent images of children online. Sexualised chat will also be a topic for study. The research will employ a series of industry meetings with professionals working within the criminal justice system, for example police, who investigate indecent images of children and online solicitation. The aim of the research is to explore and critique emerging offending trends, whilst also improving the knowledge of criminal justice professionals regarding the methods and platforms used by the alleged and convicted sexual online offenders. The findings will contribute to improvements and knowledge within the criminal justice system, especially police referrals, regarding the training and investigation of indecent image offences. Theory in this realm of sexual offending will also be advanced, as a result of the thesis.

Stuart Carroll

PhD candidate in Social Policy focusing on public health and COVID-19 pandemic. Research title = Science and The State: The Role of Politics and Policy in the Procurement of Covid-19 Vaccines in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Sara Hyde

Sara Hyde worked in and around prisons for over a decade prior to starting her PhD at Nottingham. She has a MA in Theatre from QMUL, within which she specialised in theatre in criminal justice settings. Sara's PhD explores the experiences of prison healthcare staff regarding prisoner self-harm and suicide. Her research interests are: prison health, prison staff, deaths in custody, lived experience in prison research, women in prison, arts in criminal justice settings.

Internal Examiner examples: Dr Jack Tomlin; Dr Zoe Robinson.

External Examiner examples: UCL in 2023.

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contact us