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Ella Simpson

Ella Simpson

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Personal statement

Ella Simpson has taught at Bath Spa University since 2014 and has supported the development of the BSc Criminology programme at the University.

In 2017 Ella was awarded a (Rising Star) Teaching Fellowship by the University and has twice been nominated for a Students’ Union Teaching Award. Ella’s teaching specialisms include narrative, cultural and convict criminology along with expertise in the the theory and practice of creative arts interventions in criminal justice settings.

Ella’s PhD research focuses on the role of creative writing practitioners in arts interventions with prisoners. She is particularly interested in how the life stories of practitioners may influence processes of change for both prisoners and practitioners, both in the arts and in the wider criminal justice sector.

Ella is a funded member of the University of Sheffield CRIMVOL international criminal justice voluntary sector research network, where she contributes specialist knowledge of arts organisations in the criminal justice sector. She has recently completed work on an evaluation of a music programme run by Birmingham Youth Offending Service, and is currently part of the research team for a Ministry of Justice funded evaluation of a fashion project in the women’s estate.

Before joining Bath Spa, Ella worked for over a decade as a freelance creative writing facilitator in the prison estate in England and Wales and she brings this practical knowledge and expertise to her teaching and research.

Academic qualifications

  • BA, Creative Writing and Publishing
  • MA, Advanced Theatre Practice.

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Other external roles

  • British Academy/University of Sheffield funded member - CRIMVOL international criminal justice voluntary sector research network
  • Member - National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance Research Committee
  • Member - HMPPS/NCJAA Arts Practice Development Thematic Group
  • Chair - Not Shut Up magazine.

 

  • Arts Interventions in Criminal Justice
  • Narrative Criminology
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Convict Criminology.

Impact

Research and academic outputs

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Arts based interventions in the justice system
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Caulfield, L.S and Simpson, E (2018) 'Arts based interventions in the justice system.' In: Udwudike, P, ed. Routledge companion to rehabilitative work in criminal justice. Routledge, Abingdon. (Forthcoming)


Outside in: narratives of creative practitioners working in the criminal justice system
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Simpson, E, Morgan, C and Caulfield, L.S (2018) 'Outside in: narratives of creative practitioners working in the criminal justice system.' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. ISSN 0265-5527 (Submitted)


Story as refuge
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Soyinka, B and Simpson, E (2018) Story as refuge. In: George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Annual Symposium: Storytelling and Refuge / Storytelling as Refuge, 6 - 7 April 2018, University of South Wales, Cardiff, Wales.


Being the change you want to see: the importance of frontline practitioners' stories in understanding the penal voluntary sector
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Simpson, E (2018) Being the change you want to see: the importance of frontline practitioners' stories in understanding the penal voluntary sector. In: The Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector: Emerging Scholarship, 9 January 2018, British Academy, London, UK.


Authoring desistance: the role of practitioners in creative interventions
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Simpson, E (2017) Authoring desistance: the role of practitioners in creative interventions. In: The Second Narrative Criminology Symposium, 14 - 15 June 2017, University of Oslo, Norway.


Improving resilience and well-being through the arts: exploring methodologies using an example of research in youth justice
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Caulfield, L.S, Simpson, E and Jacobs, C (2017) Improving resilience and well-being through the arts: exploring methodologies using an example of research in youth justice. In: Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, 19 - 21 June 2017, Bristol, UK.


Bad stories making good: creative writing in prison
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Simpson, E (2017) Bad stories making good: creative writing in prison. In: Guest Lecture Series, 2017, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, UK.


Stories are good
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Simpson, E (2016) Stories are good. In: Koestler Awards Prize Giving Ceremony, 5 December 2016, HMP Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK.


Creative collaborations: a case study
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Morgan, C and Simpson, E (2015) Creative collaborations: a case study. In: Knowledge Exchange in University Prison Partnerships, 15 November 2015, Bath Spa University, UK.


The story of crime: offending scientific tradition and the role of crime fiction
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Simpson, E (2015) The story of crime: offending scientific tradition and the role of crime fiction. In: Captivating Criminality: Crime Fiction, Traditions and Transgressions, 23 - 25 June 2015, Bath Spa University, UK.


Making for change - an independent evaluation of Making for Change: skills in a Fashion Training & Manufacturing Workshop
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Caulfield, L.S, Curtis, K and Simpson, E (2018) Making for change - an independent evaluation of Making for Change: skills in a Fashion Training & Manufacturing Workshop. London College of Fashion, UAL.


The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: Setting the Research Agenda: conference report
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McAleese, S, Simpson, E and Hughes, N (2017) The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: Setting the Research Agenda: conference report. Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield.


An evaluation of the Birmingham Youth Offending Service Youth Music Project (Compliance, completion, and success)
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Caulfield, L.S, Simpson, E and Jacobs, C (2016) An evaluation of the Birmingham Youth Offending Service Youth Music Project (Compliance, completion, and success). Youth Music.


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