Staff profile

Dr Thomas Dodsley

Lecturer in Criminology

Thomas wearing a blue shirt, smiling


Criminology and Criminal Psychology


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I joined the University of Derby in July 2017, having previously held teaching positions at Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University. In April 2017, I was awarded my doctorate from Durham University, which explored cultural representations of crime through the use of arts-based methods with young people. My teaching and research expertise are primarily in the fields of youth justice and cultural criminology. I teach a range of subjects across a variety of social science programmes.

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Recent conferences

Dodsley, T. (2018) The Value of Using Arts-based Methods in Criminological Research with Young People. Global Issues, Cultural Perspectives: International Conference on Cultural and Global Criminology. Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 27-29th June.

Recent publications

Benaton, T., Bowers-Brown, T., Dodsley, T., Manning-Jones, A., Murden, J., Nunn, A. and The Plus One Community (2020) ‘Reconciling care and justice in contesting social harm through performance and arts practice with looked after children and care leavers’, Children and Society,

Dodsley, T., Hargreaves, C., Nunn, A. and Price, S. (2019) This is Derby Evaluation Report. Derby: Derby University.

Nunn, A., Bowers-Brown., Dodsley, T., Murden, J., Benaton, T., Manning-Jones, A., and The Plus One Community (2019) Contested Cultures of Care: Research with and for the Plus One Community on the Plus One Experience. Derby: Derby Theatre.

Nunn, A., Dodsley, T., Cayli, B. and Hargreaves, C. (2018) Effectiveness of MFC Services to Reduce School Exclusion among Young People from the Roma Community in Derby, Derby: Multi-Faith Centre.