Dr Maria Adams
I have graduated with a PhD titled: “We are living their sentence with them…” - How prisoners' families experience life inside and outside prison spaces in Scotland. I have also completed a BA degree and MA in Sociology. Before, being appointed as a lecturer in criminology, I was a research assistant on an ESRC funded project called 'Parenting Young Offenders' at the University of Surrey. My main teaching interests are centred on punishment and penology.
My main research interests are centred on penology. My research interest has primarily focused on the effects of incarceration exploring the familial perspective. I had undertaken a PhD adopting an ethnographic study on the lived experiences of families of prisoners in the West of Scotland. As a research assistant on an ESRC project, I collected data on parents who have a young person in prison. My research interests also lie in exploring the effects of joint enterprise. With other colleagues, we led an appeals project in partnership with a grassroots organisation called JENGba. The project was called Joint Enterprise Appeals Project. The project was delivered by students from sociology and law, where they carried out a case review of several live cases.
Crime and Society (SOC1034)Punishment and Society (SOC2073)Prisons and Prisoners (SOC3055)Crime, Justice and Power (SOC2063)
I am Principal Investigator on research on race, fatherhood and prison which is funded by the University of Surrey Research Pump Priming (Present).
Member of the self-assessment team for the Race Equality Charter Mark.Member of the British Society of Criminology.Member of the European Society of Criminology.
Postgraduate research supervision
I am pleased to accept applications for PhD supervision in the field of penology, effects of incarceration; and the sociology of race and racism.
SOC1034 Crime and Society
SOC2063 Crime, Power and Justice
SOC3055 Prisons and Prisoners
sent to prison, where the traditional parenting relationship seemingly ends and parens
patriae or penal control comes into full force. Paradoxically, we argue that even in
these restricted spaces of contact, parenting continues, albeit in a form which runs
into frequent tension with the care/control modalities of the prison itself. Our data
further demonstrate the importance of addressing a constellation of social adversities
experienced by caregivers, in conjunction with the collateral consequences of offending
and incarceration. Data are drawn from interviews with primary caregivers with young
men in prison (n=61).
responded in focus groups about taking part in a survey task. These research participants are
deemed by the state as in need of protection. We demonstrate that despite their vulnerable
status, they are immensely resilient and capable of contributing to debates about research
participation. Through the application of actor-network theory, we outline conglomerations
of actor-networks involved with the materiality of their agency.
has led to increased activity to measure the implementation of policies intended to
achieve this. In this paper, we argue that this is currently limited through the reliance
on statistically-driven methods and that there needs to be a fundamental change in
how policies are assessed. We examine this within the current policy context for
vulnerable children in Scotland.
heavily on the informal support networks that caregivers commonly utilise to cope with the
aftermath of such events. In the study of family?prisoner relationships, scarce research has
examined how caregivers draw on informal support networks and the extent to which these
networks can facilitate various modes of support. This article focuses exclusively on mothers
(n = 37) related to adolescent/young adult men in prison. We analyse who caregivers turn to
after the offence, and the extent to which these networks operate as a means of delivering
emotional (and sometimes material) support. Our conclusions raise questions about the informal
support offered by family and friends, and offer suggestions on service responses to these issues.