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Institute of Criminology



Dr Susie Hulley was awarded a PhD from the University of London in 2008 for her thesis on the perceptions and experiences of anti-social behaviour (ASB) amongst adults and young people and police responses to ASB. Susie joined the Institute of Criminology as a Research Associate in 2007, initially to work on a study examining the values, practices and outcomes in public and private sector prisons and providing analytical support to the National Offender Management Service. In more recent years, Susie has been co-investigator on a major ESRC funded study of the experiences of prisoners serving very long sentences from a young age (with Ben Crewe and Serena Wright) and a large ESRC funded study of conceptions of friendship and violence and legal consciousness in the context of ‘joint enterprise’ (with Tara Young). Susie’s current project (with Ben Crewe and Serena Wright), funded by the ESRC, involves following up the men and women sentenced to life imprisonment at a young age, who were interviewed for the original study, to understand their experience of long-term imprisonment during the intervening years. Susie has supervised students on the Diploma and MSt in Applied Criminology, Penology and Managementthe MPhil in Criminology and Criminological Researchand the Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System paper (BA Law) and has taught research methods to PhD Criminology students.


Key publications: 


  • Hulley, S. (in press), ‘Defending co-offending women: Recognising domestic abuse and coercive control in ‘joint enterprise cases’ involving women and their intimate partners’, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.  

  • Hulley, S. and Young, T. (2021) ‘Silence, Joint Enterprise and the Legal Trap’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, published online 8.2.21.

  • Young, T., Hulley, S., and Pritchard, G. (2020), ‘A ‘Good Job’ in Difficult Conditions: Detectives’ Reflections, Decisions and Discriminations in the Context of ‘Joint Enterprise’. Theoretical Criminology, 24(3): 461-481.

  • Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2020), Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood: Adaptation, Identity and Time. Palgrave.

  • Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2019), ‘The Long View’, Bromley Briefings. Prison Reform Trust.

  • Hulley, S., Crewe, B., and Wright, S. (2019), ‘Making Sense of Joint Enterprise for Murder: Legal Legitimacy or Instrumental Acquiescence?’, British Journal of Criminology. 59(6):1328–1346.

  • Crewe, B., Hulley, S. and Wright, S. (2019), ‘What Should Happen to People Who Commit Murder?’. In A. Fox and A. Frater, Crime and Consequence: What Should Happen to People who Commit Criminal Offences. The Monument Fellowship.

  • Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2019), ‘Experiencing long term imprisonment from young adulthood: identity, adaptation and penal legitimacy’, Ministry of Justice Analytical Series. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.

  • Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2017), ‘The Gendered Pains of Imprisonment’. British Journal of Criminology. Published online
  • Hulley, S., Crewe, B. and Wright, S. (2016), ‘Re-examining the problems of long-term imprisonment’, British Journal of Criminology, 56(4): 769-792.
  • Wright, S., Crewe, B., and Hulley, S. (2017), ‘Suppression, denial, sublimation: Defending against the initial pains of very long life sentences.’, Theoretical Criminology, 21(2): 225-246.
  • Crewe, B., Hulley, S., Wright, S. (2016), ‘Swimming with the tide: Adapting to long-term imprisonment’, Justice Quarterly, 34(3): 517-541.
  • Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2014). Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Justice Committee on Joint Enterprise. Available online
  • Hulley, S. (2014), ‘What is anti-social behaviour? An empirical study of the impact of age on interpretations’, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 16: 20-37.
  • Crewe, B., Liebling, A. and Hulley, S. (2014) ‘Heavy-light, absent-present: Re-thinking the weight of imprisonment’, British Journal of Sociology, 65(3): 387-410.
  • Crewe, B., Liebling, A. and Hulley, S. (2014), ‘Staff-prisoner relationships, staff professionalism, and the use of authority in public and private-sector prisons’. Law and Social Inquiry, 40(2): 309-344.
  • Hulley, S., Liebling, A. and Crewe, B. (in press). 'Respect in prisons: Prisoners' experiences of respect'.Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Liebling, A., Hulley, S. and Crewe, B. (2011). 'Conceptualising and measuring the quality of prison life'. In D. Gadd, S. Karstedt and S. Messner (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods. London: Sage Publishing.
  • Crewe, B., Liebling, A. and Hulley. S. (2011) 'Staff culture, the use of authority, and prisoner outcomes in public and private prisons'.Australia and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Special issue on Contemporary Penal Politics, 44.
  • Liebling, A., Crewe, B. and Hulley, S. (2011) 'Values and Practices in Public and Private Sector Prisons: A Summary of Key Findings from an Evaluation', Prison Service Journal, July, 196.

Conference Papers

  • Liebling, A., Crewe, B. And Hulley, S. (2009). 'A comparison of staff quality of life in public and private sector prisons in England and Wales'. European Society of Criminology, Ljubljana.
  • Hulley, S. (2008). 'Young people and anti-social behaviour: As victims and perpetrators'. European Society of Criminology, Edinburgh.
  • Hulley, S. (2007). 'Disrespecting youth: The meaning of anti-social behaviour'. British Society of Criminology, London.
  • Hulley, S. (2007). 'Community involvement in local policing: Problems and dangers'. European Society of Criminology, Bologna.
Senior Research Associate
Dr. Susie  Hulley

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