Nicola Harding

Nicola Harding


Phone: +44 (0)113 2837100 ext. 717

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts, Keele University

    InstaGraff - the influence of Web 2.0, social media and used created content upon graffiti culture performed in cyber/space.

    1 Oct 2014 - 31 Aug 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts, Keele University

    Criminology & Sociology (First Class Hons.)

    5 Sep 2011 - 26 Jun 2014


Prior to returning to education as a mature student, I worked in third sector roles within the criminal justice system. Whilst continuing to teach life skills, literacy, and numeracy to Probation clients, I gained a first class honours degree in Criminology and Sociology at Keele University. I then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with distinction, also at Keele. 

As a student, I won the Neil & Gina Smith student of the year award (2014). I then secured a £5000 fellowship funded by Santander to research graffiti and street art in Latin America (2015). This research informed my masters thesis, which has since been featured on BBC Radio 4 Today Show, has been written about in the Times newspaper and has featured across multiple news outlets across the world. 

Research interests

My doctoral research explores the experiences of criminalised women subject to punishment in the community. Supervised across sociology, criminology, and human geography, this research has developed innovative creative methods used within a feminist participatory framework. In my thesis, I propose a new theoretical model that seeks to address the androcentric nature of current desistance theory.

My previous research has focused on the relationship between crime and deviance and the city, through research projects that examine graffiti, sex work, and offender supervision and policing in partnership with Staffordshire and West Midlands Police. 

Broadly my research interests centre around intersections of gender, class, race, and criminalisation, the city, community, social harm, inequality, new media, and innovative qualitative research.  


Teaching and Administration

I am Lecturer in Criminology and program lead for Sociology. I coordinate the Sociology and Sociology with Policing Studies programmes.  I am a member of the British Society of Criminology, British Sociological Association, The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, and The European Society of Criminology.