Rachel Kinsella

Research Associate
Rachel Kinsella


Rachel Kinsella joined PERU in February 2017 as a Lecturer. Rachel is working on a number of criminal justice projects within the unit. She is currently project manager for the evaluation of Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance and the evaluation of the Whole System Approach for Women Offenders for Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner. She is also working on the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Pathways Programme for the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the evaluation of the Bristol Dawes Gangs Unit for Catch 22.


Prior to joining PERU, Rachel was previously a Research Fellow at the Hallam Centre for Community Justice at Sheffield Hallam University where she was involved in a number of projects across the criminal justice system. Some of her recent projects included the Out of Court disposal pilot for the Ministry of Justice and evaluating the OLASS 4 Prison Education Provision for the Department of Business Skills and Innovation. Rachel has also undertaken a case study of London Probation Trust / Together Mental Health Diversion project and carried out research on peer mentoring at HMP/ YOI Thorncross. Rachel was also the ethical reviewer for the Hallam Centre for Community Justice and sat on the University Faculty Research Ethics Committee.

Rachel has over 8 years' experience as a researcher. She commenced her career as a qualitative researcher at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) where she was involved in a range of projects including a piece of research focusing on young people's experience of the youth justice system for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The findings from this piece of work were included in a series of recommendations made by the Independent Commission for Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour towards reforming the way society responds to youth offending. Rachel has considerable experience and expertise in qualitative research methodologies and whilst at NatCen, she co-facilitated the Moderating Focus Groups course to external participants. As a Research and Evaluation Officer at Greater Manchester Probation Trust (GMPT), she led a number of projects and developed considerable experience of probation practice, conducting research which supported the delivery of services and interventions.


  • Criminal justice research and policy
  • Women in the criminal justice system
  • Qualitative research and analysis
  • Research ethics

Research Activity

2018 – 2019 Evaluation of the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance

2015 - 2018 Evaluation of the Whole System Approach to Women Offenders, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

2015 - 2018 Evaluation of Catch 22 Dawes Unit Bristol, Catch 22

2015 - 2016 Prisoner Education Evaluation, Department for Business Innovation and Skills

2015 - 2016 Careless Driving Fixed Penalty Notice Evaluation, Department for Transport

2014 - 2016 Out of Court Disposal Pilot Evaluation, Ministry of Justice

2014 Mapping Restorative Justice provision in England and Wales, Restorative Justice Council (Ministry of Justice)

2014 Review of how practitioners work with the families of those in the criminal justice system across Greater Manchester

2014 Case study of London Probation Trust/Together Mental Health Diversion project

2013-2017 Transitions to Adulthood Programme Evaluation, Barrow Cadbury Trust


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