Professor Rosie Meek

Rosie Meek

Professor Rosie Meek

Professor of Law

Phone: +44 1784 276482

Research interests

Professor Rosie Meek is a chartered psychologist and prison researcher, conducting quantitative and qualitative research throughout the UK and internationally.  

Current research activities include:

1. Developing effective measurement tools for the evaluation of mentoring and arts programmes in criminal justice settings (with Prof Mike Maguire, RAND and ARCS).

2. The role of sport and physical activity in prison settings ('Sport in Prison' published by Routledge in 2013). Short film on Dr Meek's sports research at HMP & YOI Portland 

3. The role of voluntary and community organisations in reducing reoffending and promoting desistance (click here for further details) with Dr Alice Mills (University of Auckland) and Dr Dina Gojkovic (University of Southampton)

4. A social psychological exploration of narcissim, empathy and the better-than-average effect. With Prof Constantine Sedikides (University of Southampton), Dr Erica Hepper (University of Surrey) and Prof Mark Alicke (Ohio University)

5. Evaluation of prison-based programmes at a number of different HMP establishments


Personal profile

Invited member of the Youth Justice Board effective practice classification panel and the British Psychological Society undergraduate education committee.

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar (University of California San Diego).

Appointments previously held at the University of Southampton, Teesside University, the Open University and the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Visiting scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York and the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. 


Professor Meek is primary supervisor for the following current doctoral students:

Hannah Baumer (Physical activity and wellbeing among young adult prisoners)

Morwenna Bennallick (Prisoner education)

Melissa Henderson (Peer mentoring for women in the Criminal Justice System)

Anastasia Jablonska (Women in prison, physical activity and nutrition)

Anita Mehay (Health promotion and health literacy in diverse prisoner populations)


External examining of doctoral work:

PhD: Coral Sirdifield (University of Lincoln) 2014

PhD: Emily Smith (University of Manchester) 2014

PsychD Forensic Psychology: Carolyn Mitchell (University of Roehampton) 2015

PhD: Gina Fox (University of Leicester) 2016


External examining of undergraduate/postgraduate programmes:

Manchester Metropolitan University

St Mary's University College London

University Campus Suffolk

Nottingham Trent University

Educational background

University of Sussex: BA (Social Psychology), MRes (Psychological Methods), PhD (Psychology) and PGCertHE.

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