Natalie's research seeks to understand how prison is experienced by family and friends of people incarcerated in England and Wales. Having explored 'maternal imprisonment and family life' during her doctorate, she authored a book revealing the previously untold experiences of those charged with the responsibility of looking after children of female prisoners 'from the caregivers' perspectives' (published by Policy Press, 2020). She also researches and writes about the maintenance of relationships and family contact during imprisonment, remand and pre-trial detention, mothers and women in prison, and developments in penal policy relating to women and families. She is co-convenor of the international research network Women, Family, Crime and Justice (WFCJ) and her research findings have informed policy developments in England and Wales (i.e. Lord Farmer’s Review, 2018).
Natalie has several years’ experience of university teaching, often delivering lectures and seminars in the field of penology and punishment. She has been recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTHLE). Inclusive and interactive pedagogies are central to her teaching philosophy, and to help ensure the best student learning experience. These principles have similarly underscored prison-based learning activities she has delivered.
- MRes in Social Work
- BSc (Hons) Sociology
If you are interested in postgraduate study exploring the criminal justice system and women and/or families then please get in touch.
Research and academic outputs
Masson, L, Baldwin, L and Booth, N, eds. (2021) Critical reflections from the Women, Families, Crime and Justice Research Network. Policy Press, Bristol. (Forthcoming)
Booth, N (2020) Maternal imprisonment and family life: from the caregiver's perspective. Policy Press, Bristol. ISBN 9781447352297
Booth, N (2020) 'Maintaining contact: the experiences of mothers and caregivers during maternal imprisonment.' In: Lockwood, K, ed. Mothering from the inside: research on motherhood and imprisonment. Emerald, Bingley. ISBN 9781789733440 (Forthcoming)
Maintaining family ties: the disparities between policy and practice following maternal imprisonment in England and Wales
Booth, N (2018) 'Maintaining family ties: the disparities between policy and practice following maternal imprisonment in England and Wales.' In: Gordon, L, ed. Contemporary research and analysis on the children of prisoners: invisible children. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 155-171. ISBN 9781527503595
Booth, N (2017) 'Maternal imprisonment: a family sentence.' In: Hudson, J, Needham, C and Heins, E, eds. Social policy review 29: analysis and debate in social policy, 2017. Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 105-126. ISBN 9781447336211
Seeing is believing: the effect of prison-based insight-days on student nurses’ perceptions of undertaking practice placements within a prison healthcare environment
Hunt, E.L, Booth, N and Hunt, L.A (2020) 'Seeing is believing: the effect of prison-based insight-days on student nurses’ perceptions of undertaking practice placements within a prison healthcare environment.' Nurse Education in Practice, 45. e102795. ISSN 1471-5953
Disconnected: exploring provisions for mother–child telephone contact in female prisons serving England and Wales
Booth, N (2020) 'Disconnected: exploring provisions for mother–child telephone contact in female prisons serving England and Wales.' Criminology & Criminal Justice, 20 (2). pp. 150-168. ISSN 1748-8958
Masson, I and Booth, N (2018) 'Examining prisoners’ families: definitions, developments and difficulties.' Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, 39. pp. 15-20.
Booth, N, Masson, I and Baldwin, L (2018) 'Promises, promises: can the Female Offender Strategy deliver?' Probation Journal, 65 (4). pp. 429-438. ISSN 0264-5505
Booth, N (2018) 'Family matters: a critical examination of family visits for imprisoned mothers and their families.' Prison Service Journal, 238. pp. 10-15. ISSN 0300-3558
Booth, N (2017) 'Prisoners’ children and families.' Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 181 (15). pp. 246-248. ISSN 1759-7943
Prisoners’ childhood and family backgrounds: results from the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR) longitudinal cohort study of prisoners
Williams, K, Papadopoulou, V and Booth, N (2012) Prisoners’ childhood and family backgrounds: results from the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR) longitudinal cohort study of prisoners. Ministry of Justice Research Series 4/12, London. ISBN 9781840995442
Booth, N (2020) Staying in touch [blog post]. Sensory Criminology: Exploring Sensory Experience of the Criminological, Feb 3.
Booth, N (2018) Prison telephones often leave mothers and children disconnected [blog post]. Russell Webster.