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Claire De Motte

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social Work and Health


Dr Claire de Motte joined Nottingham Trent University as a Social Science researcher in January 2011 and has worked on varying research projects within the Department. 

Claire has forged strong research collaboration with Professor Di Bailey (Associate Dean of Research, NTU) developing their joint research interest in the wellbeing of male and female offenders. This interest led Claire to complete her PhD in 2016 that explored older prisoners’ satisfaction with quality of life and wellbeing across three prison regimes. Claire’s PhD centred on a framework of flourishing to reach human potential within oppressive environments.

Currently, Claire is collaborating with Di to explore how prisoners and staff in a high secure prison estate can manage and reduce self-harm during prisoners’ treatment journeys, as well as evaluating the closure of rehabilitation beds across Nottinghamshire.

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, working closely with peer researchers who have lived experience and men and women across Nottinghamshire with multiple and complex needs. Claire has also contributed to a number of evidence-based reports for the prison service and Nottinghamshire county council. 

In 2014, Claire was awarded £2000 to conduct a pilot study to explore adjudications and self-harming behaviour in personality-disordered offenders at a high secure estate, and with colleagues was awarded a further £2000 to explore an alternative curriculum for young offenders. 

Claire has presented her research at national conferences and is regularly presenting prison research findings to prison governors and prisoners. 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. 

Claire has several first authored and co-authored publications in national and international journals. Claire hopes to submit several more publications from her doctoral studies. She has a PhD, MSc and BSc (hons) from Nottingham Trent University and holds Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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.

Research areas

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.

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.


Course(s) I teach on

  • People at Health and Social Care student exhibition
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Part-time | 2019