Current activity includes:
- Research Lead for Social Work
- Supervisor of fully funded and self-funding PhD students
- College Ethics Committee Representative
- School Reviewer for outgoing research tenders
- Postgraduate Committee and Awards
- Supervisor and mentor of post-doctoral researchers and early career researchers
- Hosting international scholars and furthering international collaborations involving students and staff
- Global Scholar, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, USA January – May 2016.
Elaine has authored books, peer reviewed journal articles and research monographs. She has been a Keynote Speaker and Panel Chair at International Conferences and has taken part in international collaborative research.
Her key research areas are: girls, young people, delinquency and juvenile justice and substance use policy and practice. She has a track record of winning and delivering funded research as a Principal Investigator. This research attracted international attention and media coverage such as the Radio 4, Today Programme, BBC TV and Radio News, Sky TV News and national and international press, such as Le Monde.
She has a breadth of management expertise gained within Universities, including establishing and leading a self-funded research team of five at Middlesex and South Bank Universities and as Head of Department at London Metropolitan University.
Global Scholar, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, USA: January – May 2016. IRW highly ranked international centre for inter-disciplinary research on women. Study undertaken: Constructing an Autobiography: Resistance, Poverty and Transgression: Girls Tell Stories.
Numerous funded and scholarly research, including leading highly successful research team at Middlesex University and London South Bank University, UK.
Current work is focused on two areas: storytelling and hearing girls voices and quantitative and comparative, quantitative work on girls in the juvenile justice systems in the UK and USA.
- Academic Advisor to the Youth Justice Board
- Trustee, Keep Out Charity
- Keynote Speaker, ‘Girls in the Youth Justice System’, ACJRD, Dublin, Ireland, 2014
- Invited Critic: Author Meets Critic Session: Girls and Violence (2014) Dr Judith Ryder
- Editorial Board: invited: Journal of Criminology and Social Integration (since 2015) and Internet Journal of Restorative Justice (since 2013)
International Conference Papers: Chaired Panels and Papers Given:
- Chair of panel, paper presentation and panel member: ESC Conference, Cardiff University, Wales, September 2017
- Chair of panel, paper presentation and panel member: BSC Conference, NTU, July 2016
- Chair of international panel including forthcoming ASC Chair American Society of Criminology, Washington D.C. 2015
- Social Theory Forum, Boston, USA 2015
International Cooperation and Exchange:
- Led academic exchange from FPI, Potsdam University of Applied Social Sciences to NTU 2016 to establish academic and student exchange 2016/17 and 2017/18
- Institute for Research on Women (IRW), Rutgers University, USA, Spring Semester 2016
- Hosted academics from DIAK University, Finland November 2012 & 14 & 15.
- Hosted academics from FPI, Potsdam University of Applied Social Sciences, Berlin, Germany 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- International research meeting, Potsdam University of Applied Social Sciences, Berlin, Germany, February 2015.
Sponsors and collaborators
- Global Scholar, Institute for Research on Women (IRW), Rutgers University, USA, Spring Semester 2016: "Constructing an Autobiography: Resistance, Poverty and Transgression: Girls Tell Stories"
- Current research: "Comparative Trends in Sentencing Patterns for Incarcerated Girls in the UK and USA", with Prof Karen Heimer, University of Iowa, USA
- Founding Member: Supporting Researchers in Non-Academic Posts for ASC. Organized Roundtable at the 2014 Conference, USA: included international academics, policy makers and practitioners, such as Head of FBI Research Unit.
- Young people and delinquency (particularly girls)
- Young people and crime / offending
- Substance use policy