Recent Projects

Breaking The Cycle is an ESRC-funded interdisciplinary project awarded to Principle Investigator and Carceal Geographer Dr Dominique Moran of the University of Birmingham and Co-investigator, Forensic Psychologist Louise Dixon. Marie Hutton and Tom Disney are the Post Doctoral Research Associates on the project (UoB). This 3-year project provides a new perspective on prison visitation and its relationship to the highly topical issue of recidivism. This research aims to inform policy towards visitation and the design of visiting spaces, and contributing to broader debates about prisoner rehabilitation and resettlement. You can find more information in this blog post.

Evaluation of a community situated domestic violence perpetrator programme: Louise Dixon in conjunction with a team of multidisciplinary researchers from the University of Birmingham (Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay is the UK based lead) have been funded by Sandwell Council (Birmingham, UK) to evaluate an innovative treatment programme for male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse falling outside of the criminal justice system. This two year, step wedge design, evaluation will provide outcome data linked to recidivism in addition to qualitative analysis with facilitators and participants about the process.

Wiley-Blackwell edited book series: International publishers Wiley-Blackwell have commissioned a ‘What works’ in the rehabilitation of criminal behaviour edited book series. Series Editors are Leam Craig, Louise Dixon and Stephen Warmth. Books published so far in the series are:

What Works in Offender Rehab


Craig, L.A., Dixon, L., & Gannon, T.A (Eds.). (2013). What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidence based approach to assessment and treatment. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.



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Dixon, L., Perkins, D.F., Hamilton Giachritsis, C., & Craig, L.A. (2017). What works in child maltreatment: An evidence based approach to child protection. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.




Further books commissioned in the series will investigate issues centered on child protection, risk management, personality disorder and psychopathy.