Alexandra Wigzell

Ph.D Student

Supervisor: Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe.

Alexandra Wigzell (nee Crossley)

Ali's PhD research is concerned with exploring the nature of youth offending service supervision and the role of supervisory relationships in desistance in England and Wales. 'Everyday' youth justice supervision remains a largely unexamined area despite the fact that community orders are the most common outcome in youth proceedings. There are also uncertainties and unanswered questions about the nature of supervisory relationships in youth justice and their potential role in behaviour change.

To further understanding of these topics, Ali is spending two days a week in two youth offending services over a 16-month period. Her time will be spent following the supervisory journeys of a small cohort of young people and their case managers through observation and in-depth interviews. Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe is supervising Ali's research.

Ali's Phd is part-time as she works as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London. She is also a guest lecturer on youth justice at Birkbeck. Prior to joining the ICPR, Ali was a Senior Researcher at the Westminster think-tank the Centre for Social Justice. Youth justice is Ali's particular area of interest.


  • Wigzell, A. and Stanley, C. (forthcoming) 'The Youth Court: Time for Reform?' in M. Wasik and S. Santatzoglou (eds) Management of Change in Criminal Justice. Who knows best?, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Wigzell, A. and Hough, M. (2015) The NOMS Restorative Justice Capacity Building Programme: A study of the quality of participant and implementation experiences, London: ICPR.

  • Wigzell, A. (Chaired by Lord Carlile CBE QC) (2014) Parliamentarians' Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court, London: National Children's Bureau.

  • Wigzell, A. (2014) 'Moving Beyond the ASBO? A review of the proposed anti-social behaviour measures and their implications for children', Safer Communities, Vol. 13 Iss: 2, pp.73 - 82.

  • Crossley, A. (2012) Rules of Engagement: changing the heart of youth justice, London: Centre for Social Justice.

Recent presentations

  • 'The NOMS RJ Capacity Building Programme: Evaluation Findings', Publication launch, Birkbeck, University of London, London - March 2015

  • 'Courts that Work for Young People: Implementation of the Carlile Report', Centre for Justice Innovation 'Better Courts Conference 2015', London - February 2015

  • 'Reforming the Youth Courts? The Impact of the Carlile Inquiry', Youth Justice Board Annual Convention, Telford - November 2014

  • 'Who Works Best?, National Association of Youth Justice conference, De Montfort University, Leicester - June 2014


  • 2013 - 2017 Dawes Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge


  • 2015 - Trustee, National Association of Youth Justice
  • 2015 - Advisory Board Member, Peer Power UK
  • 2013 - Associate Member, Standing Committee for Youth Justice