Dr Alice Mills

MscEcon , PhD

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Senior Lecturer


Lecturer in Criminology

Research | Current

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and criminal justice
  • Prisoner reintegration and prisoners' families
  • Specialist and problem-solving courts 
  • Housing for vulnerable populations

My current research examines the role of third sector organisations or non-governmental organisations (NGOs)  in criminal justice in New Zealand. I have already completed a two-year project on the role of the third sector in criminal justice in the UK (with Dr Rosie Meek (Royal Holloway London) and Dr Dina Gojkovic (University of Southampton)), as part of the Third Sector Research Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Along with Dr Anthea Hucklesby (University of Leeds) and Dr Mary Corcoran (Keele University), I established an ESRC-funded seminar series on the Third Sector in Criminal Justice. The series ran from Feb 2011 to June 2012. Further details of the seminars can be found here: 
My research interests also encompass various aspects of prisons and imprisonment, particularly mental health and coping in prison. My previous research in this area includes, most recently, the National Evaluation of Prison Mental Health In-Reach Services in England and Wales and a pilot study examining prisoners’ satisfaction and adherence with antipsychotic medication. I have also been involved in research and consultancy on prisoner reintegration and the role of prisoners’ families in encouraging desistance from crime, including the Social Exclusion Unit’s report into Reducing Re-Offending by Ex-Prisoners. I would be interested in supervising research students in any of the following areas: Prisons and imprisonment, non-governmental organisations and provision of public services, therapeutic jurisprudence and problem solving courts, mental health in prisons, gender, crime and criminal justice, reintegration and desistance from crime,housing and marginalised populations, the role and importance of prisoners’ family relationships, and qualitative and mixed methods research.

Teaching | Current

CRIM 301 Issues in Criminal Justice

CRIM 303 Gender, Crime and Justice

CRIM 700 Research in Criminology



Winner of Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize for best conference paper at the Voluntary Sector Studies Network/National Council for Voluntary Organisations Annual Research Conference, University of Leeds, 6-7th September 2010 for Mills, A., Meek, R. and Gojkovic, D.Exploring the Relationship between the Voluntary Sector and the State in Criminal Justice.


Graduate Advisor for Criminology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gray, R., Bressington, D., Lathlean, J., & Mills, A. (2008). Relationship between adherence, symptoms, treatment attitudes, satisfaction, and side effects in prisoners taking antipsychotic medication. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 19 (3), 335-351. 10.1080/14789940802113493
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13322


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 911
New Zealand

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