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Ms Joanna Spink

PositionCourse Leader; Placement Coordinator and Lecturer, Applied Criminal Justice Studies BA (Hons)
LocationRichmond E43
DepartmentSociology and Criminology
Feedback HoursTuesdays 13:00-15:00 Thursdays 11:00-13:00
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234795

Research Interests (key words only)

Pro-social Behaviour and Modelling; Criminal Justice Process; Media and Crime

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Course leader for Applied Criminal Justice Studies BA (Hons) 
  • Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice (Stage 1)
  • Crime & Media module coordinator (Stage 2)
  • Youth and Crime module coordinator (Stage 2)
  • Placement Coordinator for Applied Criminal Justice Studies (Stage 3)
  • Contributing to the teaching on Sociology, Social Policy and Crime MA (Stage 4)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader Applied Criminal Justice Studies
  • Chair, Staff Student Liaison Committee
  • Member Programme Leaders Forum
  • Member Ethics Committee
  • Chair, Employers Engagement Forum
  • Member of UoB Placement Task Group 
  • Manager of Student Guardianship Scheme with West Yorkshire Police


Born in Leeds and has worked in the Leeds/Bradford area throughout her career.  Academic posts include health care research for the School of Health, University of Bradford and research on behalf of the Department of Psychiatry, Medicine and Health, University of Leeds.

Study History

  • BSc Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Bradford, 2000. 1st Class Honours
  • Postgraduate Certificate Research Methods 2015
  • Currently: Doctoral research- ‘Willing Witness: A psycho-social analysis of why people offer to give witness testimony in criminal cases at Crown Court on behalf of strangers.’

Professional History

Originally trained as a State Registered Nurse from 1982 - 1984. Retrained in Sociology and Social Psychology BSc (Hons) in 1997. Has worked at the University of Bradford since 2000; teaching various sociological, psychological and criminological courses.
Currently applying for Fellowship of the Higher Educational Academy

Professional Activities

Establishing international partners:

  • California State University, Sacramento Campus, USA 2009. Visit to lecture to undergraduate criminology students 2009. Student exchange programme established.
  • Malaga University, Spain. Visits to lecture 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017. Student exchange programme established.

Establishing and maintaining Criminal Justice Partnerships

  • Chairing the Placement Employers Forum

Research Areas

Pro-social Behaviour and Modelling; Altruism.


Member of the British Criminological Society


  • J. Spink (chapter) for J. K. Singer, D. K. Das & E. M. Ahlin (Eds) (2013) Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Correctional Leaders Around the World CRP Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, USA
  • Jennie K. Singer, PhD. Small, N, Green, J, Spink, J, Forster, A. and Young, J. (2009) 'Post-acute rehabilitation care for older people in community hospitals and general hospitals - Philosophies of care and patients' and caregivers' reported experiences: A qualitative study', Disability & Rehabilitation,99999:1,
  • Small N, Green J, Spink J, Forster A, Lowson K, Young J. (2006) ‘The patient experience of community hospital – the process of care as a determinate of satisfaction’ Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 2006
  • House A, Hill K, Spink J. et al (2006) ‘Depression in the first weeks after stroke’ available at
  • Spink, J. Henderson, J. Lucas, J. (2003) ‘Community Involvement in Service Planning in the Bradford District’ currently available at
  • Stones H. & Spink J. (2002) ‘Action Learning for Lifelong Professional Development’ in Interactions Vol. 6 No. 1 and also available at
  • Spink, J. (2001) ‘The Righteous among the Nations: Analysing the Heroes of the Holocaust’ in Sheffield Online Papers in Social Research (ShOP): Race, Ethnicity and Identity, Number 4, July 2001

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