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About Lewis Simpson

Lewis Simpson is a Lecturer in Criminology at the Leeds School of Social Science. Lewis’ research interests are in penology, with particular focus on penal policy development and social change. 

Lewis’ interests are in thinking sociologically, around a number of topics including criminal justice, penology and social change. Lewis is particularly interested in the combination of sociology, social policy and criminology, an approach that is taken within his Ph.D. research.

Lewis is currently engaged with a teaching and learning project, called Backett+, which aims to create opportunities for enrichment activities in hard to reach places. Primarily, this will centre on the delivery of higher education taster sessions for those within prisons so that inspiration and exploration for learning can take place to shape education within prisons and to engage the Higher Education Community to inspire offenders and ex-offenders towards university study.  

Current Teaching

Lewis currently leading the following modules;

  • Exploring Men's Imprisonment
  • Introduction to Criminology
Lewis is also an undergraduate dissertation supervisor.

Research Interests

Lewis' current research interests are in penal policy development, where he is inquiring into decision making practices involved in penal policy development. This research aims to address the complex nature of penal policy emergence within the UK by drawing upon social, political and economic ideologies that are involved in the process of policy creation. 

Selected Publications

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