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Claire De Motte

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social Work and Health


Dr Claire de Motte is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work and Health.

Claire has a strong research collaboration with Professor Di Bailey (Associate Dean of Research, Social Sciences), jointly researching around mental health wellbeing of men and women at a range of secure estates, including adult prison and adult secure mental health units. Claire is currently working with Di on a 4-year project with HMP Frankland, that explores how prisoners and staff in a high secure prison estate can manage and reduce self-harm during prisoners’ treatment journeys.

Dr De Motte, regularly completes research evaluations for both HMPPS and the NHS. Recent examples include, an ‘Evaluation of Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Services for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’, an ‘Evaluation of Inclusive Services for Older Male Prisoners at HMP Whatton and HMP Wakefield, and 'An exploration of the education provision in a HMP Young Offenders Institution: perspectives of young offenders and prison staff'.

Claire also works alongside Dr Graham Bowpitt as part of the local evaluation team of a nationwide evaluation ‘Fulfilling Lives: Supporting people with multiple needs’ funded by the Big Lottery. Claire works closely with men and women across Nottinghamshire with multiple and complex needs. This project heavily adopts service user involvement into its methodology, so Claire works alongside and provides training and supervision to lived experience peer researchers.

Claire evidences research income through winning both internal and external research bids.  

Claire regularly presents her research at national conferences and to stakeholders. In March 2017, Claire and colleagues presented their research on personality disorder offenders at The British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder annual conference in Inverness.

Career overview

Prior to NTU, Claire worked as a Healthcare Worker in a medium secure psychiatric ward for offenders. Here, Claire worked in close contact with both male and female offenders living with a mental illness, personality difficulties or a learning disability. Claire also worked as an Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) tutor for children diagnosed with autism.

Claire holds a PhD, MSc Forensic Psychology and BSc (hons) Psychology from Nottingham Trent University and is an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Research areas

Claire's vice-chancellor-bursary-funded PhD explores older prisoners’ satisfaction with quality of life and wellbeing across three prison regimes and is built within a framework of flourishing to reach human potential within oppressive environments.

Claire’s main research expertise lies in the under researched area of older prisoners, specifically their quality of life and wellbeing, perception of their risk, and identity. Claire’s methodology of choice is mixed methods with a participatory action research (PAR) approach. She has also published papers on prison resettlement, prisoners with personality difficulties, and prisoners who engage in self-harm.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website

Sponsors and collaborators

Claire regularly collaborates with staff at HMP Frankland, Durham, as well as a range of prisons and secure hospitals across the Midlands. Claire has links with Framework Housing Association and Opportunity Nottingham Fulfilling Lives Programme, funded by the Big Lottery.