Dr Kelly J Stockdale

Senior Lecturer: Criminology

School of Psychological and Social Sciences

E: k.stockdale@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876156

Dr Kelly J Stockdale

I am a senior lecturer in criminology at York St John University and my academic research centres around drugs and alcohol, policing, and restorative justice.

My current research projects centre around the use of (Novel) Psychoactive Substances in custodial environments and mapping drug economies.

I obtained my BA (First Class Hons) in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Sunderland before achieving an MA in Sociology and Social Research Methods (Distinction) at Newcastle University, my dissertation formed part of the research funded by Northumbria Local Criminal Justice Board/Criminal Justice System Race Unit Challenge Fund and used participant action research methodologies to explore Black Minority Ethnic communities’ perceptions and experiences of criminal justice and ‘satisfaction’. I have over ten years' experience volunteering with and working for different criminal justice agencies in the North East, including Durham Constabulary where I worked as an intelligence analyst; researching and analysing a wide variety of crime data and exploring a range of criminological issues. As part of this role I was the strategic lead for alcohol and drugs and contributed to the Local Partnership Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategies.

I received my PhD at Durham University in 2016; my thesis employed a mixed methods design to explore the implementation of restorative justice across a police force in England.

Drawing on my background and experiences navigating practice/academia I founded the ‘North East Crime Research Network’ in 2014, the aim of which is to create space for academics and practitioners to share their research and best practice. The network has continued to grow: whilst remaining local in character it is now global in reach, and hosts a biennial conference the last one being in 2018.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and achieved a further Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice awarded by Durham University in 2018.

Further Information


I am the module leader for the following undergraduate modules:

2CL003 Working with criminology.

I am a tutor with The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities.


My academic research falls across the following four areas:

  • Drugs and Alcohol. My current focus is around (Novel) Psychoactive Substances, particularly the impact of substance use for both staff and users in a police custody and prison setting. I also research drug economies/drug markets and the links to organised crime.
  • Policing. I am particularly interested in police culture, organisational culture, and the role of police staff within the police force.
  • Restorative Justice.


I am currently the primary supervisor for one PhD student:

Rowan Sweeney’s research aims to develop a pragmatic understanding of the complex perspectives of restorative justice held by undergraduate students across different disciplines.

I would be interested in supervising postgraduates (either for a PhD, or MSc by research) who wish to carry out research around drugs and/or alcohol, policing, or restorative justice.

Selected grants:

Principal Investigator: Evaluating the Serious Organised Crime Divert Programme, Northumbria Police.

Co-Investigator (with Professor Fiona Measham, Durham University): ‘Mapping Drug Economies’, Institute of Local Governance.

Current research projects:

Exploring the use and impact of psychoactive drugs in custodial environments.

Networking in an age of austerity - the importance of creating ‘space’ for academics and practitioners.

Professional Activities

I am the founder of the ‘North East Crime Research Network’ (NECReN). Local in character, global in reach the North East Crime Research Network was formed to create space for practitioners working across criminal justice services (including the voluntary and charity sector) and academics at all stages of their careers, particularly postgraduate and early career researchers, from a wide range of disciplines (including but not limited to; criminology, sociology, law, business, human geography). The aim is to provide space for people who may be geographically close but often working separately be able to meet and discuss their research in a friendly and welcoming environment. The network host a biennial conference and other events, you can find out more on our website:

North East Crime Research Network

I am a member of the British Society of Criminology, the Community of Restorative Researchers and FUSE: The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Newbury-Birch, D.,  Ferguson,J.,  Landale, S., Giles, E.,  McGeechan, G,. Gill, C., Stockdale, K.J., Holloway, A. (2018). A Systematic Review of the Efficacy of Alcohol Interventions for Incarcerated Persons. Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Shorter, G.W., Heather, N., Giles, E.L., Holloway, A., Bray J., Barbosa, C., Berman, A.H., O’Donnell, A.J., Clarke, M., Stockdale, K. J. and Newbury-Birch, D. (2017). The “Outcome Reporting in Brief Intervention Trials: Alcohol” [ORBITAL] framework: protocol to determine a core outcome set for efficacy and effectiveness trials of alcohol screening and brief intervention. Trials, 18: 611.

Addison, M., Stockdale, K.J., McGovern, W., McKinnon, I., McGovern, R., and Kaner, E. (2017). Exploring the intersections between Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), alcohol, and other substances for police practitioners and arrestees in a custody suite setting in the North East of England.  Drugs Education Prevention and Policy. 

Coulton, S., Stockdale, K. J., Marchand, C., Hendrie, N., Billings, J., Boniface, S., Butler, S., DeLuca, P., Drummond, C., Newbury-Birch, D., Pellat-Higgins, T., Stevens, A., Sutherland, A., Wilson, E. (2017). Pragmatic randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a multi-component intervention to reduce substance use and risk-taking behaviour in adolescents involved in the criminal justice system: A trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 17: 246. 

Stockdale, K. J. (2015). Police understandings of restorative justice - the impact of rank and role. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 3(2): 212-232. 

Book Chapters:

Stockdale, K.J. (In Press) Police Staff, in Lynes, A., Treadwell, J. (eds) 50 Facts Everyone in Britain Should Know About Crime. Policy Press

Stockdale, K.J. (2017) Insider? Outsider? Reflections on navigating positionality when researching restorative justice policing, in Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J., and Henry, A. (eds) Reflexivity and criminal justice: intersections of policy, practice and research. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. UK. pp. 315-333. 

Jones, M. and Stockdale, K.J. (2017) Policing, in Harding, J., Davies, P., and Mair, G. (eds) An introduction to criminal justice. London: Sage. pp. 208-228. 


Addison, M., Stockdale, K.J., McGovern, W., McKinnon, I., McGovern, R., Kaner, E. (May 2017) Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Use and its Consequences for Police Practitioners and Substance Users in the North East of England (funded by N8 Policing Partnership). 

O’Neill, M., Jobe, A., Bilton, C., Stockdale, K.J., and community co-researchers. (2016). Peer Talk: Hidden Stories. A Participatory Research Project with Women Who Sell or Swap Sex in Teesside (Funded by A Way Out, Stockton). 

Newspaper Articles:

Stockdale, K.J. ‘Why Lush was right to take aim at the undercover policing scandal’. The Independent. (2nd July 2018)

Stockdale, K.J. ‘From bath bombs to spy cops - why cosmetic store Lush took on the police’. The Conversation. (27th June 2018)

Stockdale, K.J. ‘Spice and police custody: there must be a better way’. The Conversation. (10th May 2017)

Book Reviews:

Stockdale, K.J. (2018). Book Review: Restorative Policing: Concepts, Theory and Practice. The International Journal of Restorative Justice. Issue 3.

Conference Papers and Talks

Stockdale, K.J. (2018) ‘Police and Crime Commissioners’. Georgie Spanswick at Breakfast. BBC Radio York. 25th October 2018.

‘Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and Police Custody’ presenting at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Birmingham, July 2018.

‘Reflexivity and research: Moving beyond insider/outsider dichotomies, the importance of positionally on research and reflexive processes’. Guest speaker as part of the School of Psychological and Social Sciences Research Seminar Series. York St. John University. 14th March 2018.

‘Exploring the intersections between Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), alcohol and other substances for police practitioners and arrestees in a custody suite setting in the North East of England’. Invited Speaker at The Chartered Institute for Forensic Sciences Conference ‘Exploring the challenges with novel psychoactive substances’, York University, 3rd March 2017. 

‘Participatory action research (PAR) in Teesside’. Presented at the North East Sex Work Forum Regional Learning Day. Newcastle Upon Tyne, 10th November 2016. 

‘Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England’. Presented at the N8Policing/Fuse conference on ‘Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance use and its consequences’, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 3rd November 2016. 

‘Peer talk: hidden stories. A participatory research project with women who sell or swap sex in Teesside’. Peer Talk research dissemination event, Durham University, 15th July 2016. 

“It’s only easy if you’re the Chief Constable, isn’t it?” Exploring the barriers to successful restorative justice implementation. Presented at the 10th North South Irish Criminology Conference, Maynooth University, 23 – 24 June 2016. 

‘Policy barriers to successful restorative justice implementation: the real and the imagined’ Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Washington DC, 20th November 2015. 

‘Insider? Outsider? Reflections on navigating multiple status positions when researching restorative justice policing’ Presented at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Plymouth, 30th June 2015. 

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