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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

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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.

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Research Output 2008 2019

Dysfunctional accountability in complaint systems: the effects of complaints on public service employees

Gill, C., Sapouna, M., Hirst, C. & Williams, J., 28 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Public Law.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

complaint
public service
employee
responsibility
avoidance behavior

Perceived manifestations of bullying behaviour in social interactions in school environment

Rosinsky, R., Čerešníková, M., Sapouna, M., De Amicis, L., Dehue, F., Vollink, T., Willems, R., Nikolau, G. & Dimakos, I., 2018, ICERI2018 Proceedings: 11th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation November 12th-14th, 2018 - Seville, Spain. Gómez Chova, L., López Martínez, A. & Candel Torres, I. (eds.). International Academy of Technology, Education and Development, p. 8779-8785 7 p. (ICERI Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
pupil
exclusion
adolescence
interaction
school

How do complaints affect those complained about? an empirical investigation into the effects of complaints on public service employees

Gill, C., Hirst, C., Sapouna, M. & Williams, J., 15 Dec 2017, Glasgow: University of Glasgow. 22 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
complaint
public service
employee
staff
online survey
justice
education
student
reflexivity
tutor

Learning how to prevent cyberbullying in the virtual world: lessons from FearNot!

Sapouna, M., Enz, S., Samaras, M. & Wolke, D., 2016, Cyberbullying: From Theory to Intervention. Völlink, T., Dehue, F. & Mc Guckin, C. (eds.). Routledge, p. 79-92 (Current Issues in Social Psychology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter