Maria Sapouna

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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 Government


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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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