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Claire De Motte


School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Criminology and Criminal Justice


Dr Claire de Motte is a Lecturer in Criminology at NTU.

Claire teaches on the undergraduate Criminology modules, Penology, and Crime Reduction, and supervises students completing their research dissertations in their BA and MA degree.

Wherever possible, Claire applies research-informed teaching. She applies her research experience to the learning of theory, concepts, research methods and analysis, and ethics, and utilises the lived experience of others, learnt through her own research, to the teaching of students.

Career overview

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.

Claire has over ten years experience as a researcher, working alongside colleagues on projects exploring self-harm in prison, prison resettlement, people living with multiple and complex needs, the closure of NHS rehabilitation beds, education provision for young offenders, and homelessness.

Prior to NTU, Claire worked as a Healthcare Worker in a medium secure psychiatric ward for offenders. Claire also worked as an Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) tutor for children diagnosed with autism.

Research areas

Claire is an experienced researcher and teacher in applied mixed method research with vulnerable populations in multiple settings, specifically, prisons, the NHS, and people who experience homelessness. Claire's research adopts a critical criminology perspective, intersecting social and criminal justice.

Claire's specific prison expertise is within an under-researched area in Criminology; older and elderly people in prison. This body of work explores, via mixed methods, the wellbeing and quality of life for the older prison population and makes recommendations for more age appropriate accommodation and/or prison regimes.

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.