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Dr Alexandra Wigzell

Dr Alexandra Wigzell

Affiliated Lecturer


Dr Alexandra Wigzell

Ali’s research interests include youth justice, the professional relationship, community supervision, and desistance from offending. She currently supervises graduate and undergraduate students, as well as contributing to The Griffins Society Fellowship Programme.

Ali’s PhD was concerned with exploring the nature of youth offending service supervision and the role of supervisory relationships in desistance. Her research involved participant observation, in-depth interviews with practitioners and children, and the ‘following’ of a cohort of 11 supervised children, over a 17-month period in two English youth offending services. Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe supervised Ali's research.

Prior to and alongside her PhD, Ali worked as a Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London. Before joining the ICPR, Ali was a Senior Researcher at the Westminster think-tank the Centre for Social Justice. Ali is currently a Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice and an Advisory Board Member of Peer Power UK. She chaired the Standing Committee for Youth Justice from 2016-2019


Key Publications

Key Publications



Bateman, T. and Wigzell, A. (2019) Exploring recent trends in youth justice reconvictions: challenging the complexity thesis’, Youth Justice, Advance Online Publication,


Bateman, T., Goodfellow, P., Little, R., and Wigzell, A. (Eds) (2017) Child-friendly youth justice? A compendium of papers given at the University of Cambridge in September 2017, National Association of Youth Justice, Retrieved from:


Wigzell, A. and Stanley, C. (2015) ‘The Youth Court: Time for Reform?’, in M. Wasik and S.Sotirios (eds) The Management of Change in Criminal Justice: Who Knows Best?, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Wigzell, A. (2014) ‘Moving Beyond the ASBO? A review of the proposed anti-social behaviour measures and their implications for children’, Safer Communities, 13 (2), 73-82.


Policy research


Wigzell, A., Kirby, A., and Jacobson, J. (2015) The Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review: Final Report, London: Bar Standards Board.


Wigzell, A. and Hough, M. (2015) The NOMS RJ Capacity Building Programme: participant and implementation experiences, London: ICPR.


Hunter, G. ,Wigzell, A., May, T., and Hough M. (2015) An Evaluation of the ‘What Works Centre for Crime Reduction’ Year 1: Baseline, London: ICPR.


Carlile, A. (Drafted by Wigzell. A.) (2014) Independent Parliamentarians’ Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court, London: National Children’s Bureau.


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