Research Output per year
Area of academic expertise - outline
My main area of research expertise is school bullying. My work in this area falls under three main themes:
1. Whole-school interventions: I have experience of developing evidence-based anti-bullying programmes and training for organisations. I am currently the Principal Investigator of a EU-funded project intended to develop a game-based intervention against prejudice-based bullying.
2. Precursors and consequences:This line of work investigates the precursors, stability and consequences of school bullying using data from longitudinal studies.
3. Prejudice-based bullying: My current work in this area is looking at the factors that prevent children from intervening in prejudice-based bullying situations.
Having previously worked as a senior analyst in Scottish Government, I also have significant expertise in evaluation and have conducted evaluations for the former Lancashire Probation Trust and Renfrewshire Council among others.
Finally, I have a research interest in the following three areas:
Onset offending: I recently published an article on adult-onset offending, adding to the debate on whether it is just an artifact of data or whether it truly exists.
Desistance from offending: My work in this area has mainly involved examining the effect of criminal justice interventions on the desistance process.
Improving public services: I have worked on funded projects relating to the effects of compaints on the working practices and wellbeing of public service employees and improving prison officer education.
Current research activities
I am currently leading an Erasmus+ funded project on preventing prejudice-based bullying in Europe.
Desired research direction
I am interested in doing more research on prejudice-based bullying and bullying in other organisational contexts such as prison.
Target collaborative organisations
Scottish Prison Service
Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange
Prior to joining UWS, I was an analyst in the Scottish Government where I gained experience in conducting both process and outcome evaluations. I can help organisations develop robust and realistic evaluations using tools such as logic modelling and intervention mapping. I have a research interest particularly in experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations and could provide consultancy in this area.
Using a Games Approach to Teach Children About Discriminatory Bullying (GATE_BULL). Intellectual Output 1 Report to European Commission: Determinants of Involvement in Prejudice-based Bullying Situations and Bystander InterventionSapouna, M., De Amicis, L., Willems, R., Vollink, T., Dehue, F., Rosinsky, R., Dimakos, I. & Nikolaou, G., 2020, University of the West of Scotland. 29 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Dysfunctional accountability in complaint systems: the effects of complaints on public service employeesGill, C., Sapouna, M., Hirst, C. & Williams, J., 31 Oct 2019, In : Public Law. p. 644-664 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Predictors of prejudice - based bullying and defending behaviour: gatebull project’s findings from four European countriesDe Amicis, L., Sapouna, M., Willems, R., Vollink, T., DEhue, F., Rosinsky, R., Dimakos, I. & Nikolaou, G., 29 Aug 2019, p. 494-494. 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Presentation
Determinants of defending in prejudice-based bullying situations: findings from the GATE-BULL projectWillems, R., Sapouna, M., De Amicis, L., Vollink, T., DEhue, F., Rosinsky, R., Dimakos, I., Nikolaou, G. & Priovolou, K., 12 Sep 2018.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution