Professor Rosie Meek

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 and an independent review of sport and physical activity in youth and adult prisons, 'A Sporting Chance' published by the Ministry of Justice in 2018. Click here for a short film (from 2012) on Professor 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 was primary supervisor for the following successfully completed doctoral candidates:

Anita Mehay (Health promotion and health literacy in diverse prisoner populations): 2017

Melissa Henderson (Peer mentoring for women in the Criminal Justice System): 2018

Anastasia Jablonska (Women in prison, physical activity and nutrition): 2018

Hannah Baumer (Physical activity and wellbeing among young adult prisoners): 2018

Morwenna Bennallick (Prisoner education and learning cultures) 2019


Primary supervisor for current PhD students:

Erin Condirston (Prisoner education and wellbeing)


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

PhD: Dennis Gough (University of Portsmouth) 2017

PhD: David Woods (Ulster University) 2017

PhD: Khurshid Choudhry (Kings College London) 2018

PhD: Kreseda Smith (Harper Adams University) 2018

EdD: Amy Mitchell (Kingston University) 2018

PhD: Jessica Rea (Royal Holloway University of London) 2019


External examining of undergraduate/postgraduate programmes:

Sussex University

Plymouth University 

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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