Natalie Watson

PhD Student
Natalie Watson


Natalie is a full-time PhD student who started her PhD in 2016. This is funded through the Vice Chancellor Scholarship scheme and Interserve Justice.

She is Associate Lecturer within the department of Sociology and Criminology here at MMU and is also a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester in the School of Law. 


Natalie has completed her BSc in Criminology and Sociology at Northumbria University and her MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Durham University. During this time, Natalie volunteered within the prison service and undertook full time employment within West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company for Interserve Justice in a Performance Monitoring and Researching role.

Natalie has also carried out pieces of external research for SERIF where she is a Research Associate, as part of a large scale ESRC funded project, which focused on the value and impact of using social enterprise within prison. Natalie has also previously been involved with and written for the Josephine Butler Society, questioning the current laws that surround those working in the sex industry.


·       Gender within the Criminal Justice System

·       Prison Resettlement

·       Offender rehabilitation/desistance

·       Probation delivery

·       Social Enterprise within prison

·       Qualitative Research Methods

·       (Participatory) Action Research.

Natalie is also a Fellow of the Higher Education academy, working towards her PGC LTHE. She has also been short listed in the 2018 Manchester Metropolitan Teach Awards, under the category of ‘exceptional feedback’.  

Research Activity

Natalie is currently undertaking her PhD, on the use of 'Personalisation' within the Criminal Justice System. Her research offers a gendered comparison of relationship networks and their changing dynamics for probation clients. It focuses on the use of co-creation through (Participatory) Action Research to promote desistance. 


  • Co-creating gendered desistance through personalised engagement and client relationship networks. Annual Conference for the Howard League for Penal Reform. Kable Collage, The University of Oxford. March 2018.
  • Co-creating gendered desistance through personalised engagement and client relationship networks. North East Criminology Conference. York St. Johns University. April 2018.

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