Louise Ridley

Louise Ridley

Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Northumbria University

Louise joined the University in January 2007. She had previously taught criminology at the University of Teesside for 15 years. Before this Louise worked in a variety of different organisations providing support to vulnerable groups of people.

Louise’s research interests are particularly around the use of imprisonment and the impact of custody on individuals and families. Previous research has explored the impact of social exclusion on young people and the opportunities available to them as they progress from adolescence to adulthood. Louise has also carried out research on drug use on young people, with particular emphasis on the impact of drug use and crime on communities.


Published work by Lousie Ridley

  • Ridley, L., Richards, M., Smith, J. and Walker, C. (2010) ‘Doing time: the impact of prison work experience on learning and teaching’ EMERGE, 2, pp. 32-42
  • Macdonald, R., Mason, P., Shildrick, T., Webster, C., Johnston, l., and Ridley, L. (2001) ‘Snakes and ladders: in defence of studies of youth transition’. Sociological Research Online, 5 (4)
  • Ridley, L. (1999) ‘Mixed messages’. Police Review.
  • Johnston, L., Macdonald, R., Mason, P., Ridley, L. and Webster, C. (2000) Snakes and ladders: young people and transitions and social exclusion. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Ridley, L. (1991) Young people and illicit drug use. Durham University and Department of Health.

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