Staff profile

Dr Luke Vinter


Senior Lecturer in Applied Criminology

Luke Vinter




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Applied Criminology, Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Criminology course, and a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society. Prior to my role here at the University of Derby, I was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University and held several posts there between 2016-2023. 

Before becoming a lecturer, I was a PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University, and my research focussed on working with autistic individuals in prison-based interventions to address sexual offending. My current research interest and consultancy focus on working with/supporting vulnerable prisoner groups, offending behaviour interventions, and lived experiences. I have a keen interest in working with neurodivergent individuals in the criminal justice system (particularly autistic individuals).

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Criminology degree and teach on a variety of modules across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Criminology, and other Social Sciences disciplines. I also supervise several MSc, MRes and PhD student research projects.

Research interests

My main research area is applied forensic psychology. My research experience is predominantly applied qualitative, prison-based research. My PhD was a mixed-method project, which focused on working with autistic individuals in prison-based interventions to address sexual offending. I am also currently involved with projects relating to the qualitative evaluation of prison-based offending behaviour programmes. 

My specific research interests include:

  • Autism, offending and the criminal justice system
  • Lived experiences of/supporting vulnerable prisoner groups
  • Neurodiversity in the criminal justice system
  • Interventions to address offending behaviour 
  • Participatory research

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have collaborated with a number of external professionals and organisations (e.g. HMPPS, ICCLR, NICJN), to advise and support professionals on how to best work with autistic individuals in a variety of forensic contexts. I have worked on projects related to developing online autism training packages for prison staff and adapting existing forensic materials/tools for use with neurodivergent individuals more generally. For example, most recently, I was commissioned to adapt an existing Safety and Support Planning (SASP) tool used in HMPPS, to make it more suitable for use with neurodivergent individuals, which is to be rolled out and implemented nationally across HMPPS services. Most recently, I have been involved with Ministry of Justice commissioned evaluations of two accredited prison-based offending behaviour programmes. 

In my consultancy role, my external work often involves delivering guidance, support and training to professionals working with autistic individuals in forensic contexts. For example, I have delivered autism and neurodiversity training workshops for prison staff across a number of HMPPS establishments and charitable organisations (e.g., Switchback and the Safer Living Foundation). 

International experience

In 2021-2022, I was invited to be a consultant on the International Centre on Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR) Advisory Panel for the ‘ASD Training in Corrections project, in collaboration with Correctional Service Canada, and Autism and/or Intellectual Disability Knowledge Exchange (AIDE) Network Canada. This involved co-designing and advising on developing online autism training for corrections (prison) staff in Canada: ‘Autism in Corrections’.

The online course created through this project is now being offered to Correctional Services Canada staff (across all Canadian federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions), to increase their awareness of the impacts of autism in correctional environments.

Recent publications