Dr Lesley Simmonds
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)
Lesley Simmonds works as a Senior Lecturer on the undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice programmes. Lesley promotes employability for students on the programmes, arranging a range of events which bring students into contact with managers and practitioners from the criminal justice field.
Lesley completed her BSc (Hons) in Social Policy and Criminal Justice at the University of Plymouth. She has since worked as a Lecturer on the Community Justice (Probation Studies) programme, as a part-time Lecturer on a number of criminal justice modules, and as a researcher on a range of projects. Her research includes focusing upon the community response to crime; crime prevention/community safety projects; restorative justice; issues relating to the Crime and Disorder Audit process and evaluating the work of the Needle Exchange Service.
Lesley continued to develop her research on the community response to crime by focusing specifically on the work that Victim Support undertakes. Lesley gained a studentship from the University of Plymouth in order to pursue this. She was awarded her PhD, Matching Provision to Needs: The Example of Victim Support, in 2005.
Member, British Society of Criminology
Lesley Simmonds teaches mainly at stage two of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies degree programme, teaching quantitative research methods and victims, victimology and restorative justice. Lesley supervises a number of PhD students who are exploring criminological issues.
Staff serving as external examiners
2008 - 2011 appointed as External at the University of Wales, Newport for Professional Practice.
Victims of Crime and the support provided to them and Restorative Justice.
- Social and Public Policy
James Z & Simmonds L (2010) 'The Advice Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Plymouth: Final Report' Crimes and Misdemeanours: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective 4 (1), pp 53 - 56.
Mawby, R. and Simmonds, L. (2009) 'Assisting victims: The British Model in Comparative Context', in Archives of Criminology, Vol XXIX-XXX, 2007 - 2008.
Simmonds, L. and Coomber, R. (2009) 'Injecting Drug Users: A stigmatised and stigmatising population', in International Journal of Drug Policy, 20, 121-130.
Mawby, R. and Simmonds, L. (2004) 'Anxiety over crime as spatially defined: public perceptions and policy alternatives in the city centre', in Security Journal. Vol 17.2
Mawby, R. and Simmonds, L. (2003) 'Homesafing Keyham: an evaluation', in Community Safety Journal Vol 2, Issue 3, pp 20 – 30.
Simmonds, L. (2002) ‘So How Helpful Was I?’, in Criminal Justice Matters. No. 49, Autumn.
Simmonds, L. (2001) 'Conflict in the Community: Arguing the case for community mediation', in Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 3,3.
Simmonds, L. and Hyde, M. (1998) 'A Third Way for Plymouth? the role of the voluntary and community sectors in local economic development', in Social Issues and Social Policies, Research Paper No. 2.
Simmonds, L. (2014) 'Victim Support in the Age of Austerity', British Society of Criminology, Liverpool University.
James, Z. and Simmonds, L. (2012) 'Exploring Prejudice: Mapping Hate Crime in the South West', British Society of Criminology, Portsmouth University.
James, Z. and Simmonds, L. (2012) 'Exploring Prejudice: Mapping Hate Crime in the South West', Invited Speakers to Hate Crime Symposium, Cardiff University.
James, Z. and Simmonds, L. (2011) 'Exploring Prejudice: Mapping Hate Crime in the South West', Invited Speakers to conferences hosted by Equality South West, Arresting Hate Crime - statistics, stories and solutions for the South West, at the Eden Project in Cornwall (8th December); Gloucester Resource Centre (12th December) and Equality South West, Taunton (14th December).
Simmonds, L. and Wilkinson, T. (2011) Supporting Students as Work Based Learners and Volunteers, in Excellence in teaching, the student experience and pedagogic research”, The 9th VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, 2011, Thursday 7th July 2011, Plymouth University.
James, Z. and Simmonds, L., 'Wheeling and Dealing: Resolving complex research questions with hard to reach groups, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Cardiff, 2009.
Simmonds, L. and Coomber, R. Injecting Drug Users: A Stigmatised and Stigmatising Population, British Society of Criminology Conference, Huddersfield, July 2008.
Simmonds, L. Victim Support: Alternative Research Approaches, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Glasgow, 2006.
Simmonds, L. 'Victim Support: Beyond Professional Justice and Back', British Criminology Conference, University of Leeds, July 2005.
Simmonds, L. ‘Victims’ Needs and the Appropriateness of Services Provided.’ XI th International Symposium on Victimology, Stellenbosch, South Africa July 2003
Simmonds, L. and Mawby, R. 'Addressing Victims' Needs: An evaluation of Victim Support.' British Society of Criminology Conference, Keele July 2002
Simmonds, L. 'Would like to meet? Restorative opportunities for victims and offenders.' British Society of Criminology Conference, Keele July 2002
Mawby, R. and Simmonds, L. 'Anxiety over crime as spatially defined: City Centres Versus Residential Areas.' 10th International Seminar on Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, Liverpool July 2001
Simmonds, L. 'Conflict in the Community: Arguing the case for community mediation.' British Society of Criminology Conference, Leicester July 2000
Simmonds, L. and Hyde, M. 'A Third Way for Plymouth? The role of the voluntary and community sectors in local economic development.' Plymouth University 1998
Reports & invited lectures
Coomber, R. and Simmonds, L. (2005) Needle Exchanges - Improving Access and Uptake: An evaluation of barriers to effective needle exchange – a case study.
James, Z. and Simmonds, L. (2009) The Advice Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Plymouth, Plymouth: University of Plymouth.
Simmonds, L. (2013) States of Jersey: Review of Victim Services.