Anita Hobson


Anita Hobson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She graduated from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) degree in Critical Criminology. She has a wide experience of teaching at Edge Hill and has previously worked for Liverpool John Moores University in her previous role as an Associate Tutor. During her time at Edge Hill Anita, in conjunction with CAHMS practitioners, has been involved in the development of a training programme ‘Mad, Bad or Misunderstood?’ delivered to the children’s workforce in Liverpool and North-West regions. Her research and teaching interests include youth justice, the political management of sex workers, prisons and homophobic hate crimes. Anita has published in this area on the prolific nature of homophobic bullying towards children and young people. She was recently awarded Master of Philosophy for research which examines the challenges posed by and for young males with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in conflict with the law. Since 2017 Anita and her colleague Dr Alana Barton, have engaged in a cross-collaborative teaching-learning approach, through the creation of a module in which third year students from Edge Hill University and learners from a local prison are taught and learn together in the prison environment.


  • BA (Hons) Critical Criminology, Lancaster University, 2005
  • PGCert in Pre-Doctoral Studies, Edge Hill University, 2011
  • Master of Philosophy The Governance of Young Males with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) within the Youth Justice System, School of Humanities and Social Science (Criminology), Liverpool John Moores University, 2017
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy 2018


  • CRI 2226 Challenging Childhoods
  • CRI 2024 Crime, Media and Criminology
  • CRI 3114 Learning Together

Research Interests

  • Youth Justice and the governance of young people
  • Speech, language and communication needs of young people in conflict with the law
  • Sexuality and security: homophobic hate crimes
  • Prisons, education and prisoner experiences


  • Barton, A. and Hobson, A. (2017) ‘Learning to Fail? Prisoners with Special Educational Needs’, Prison Service Journal, Vol. 232, pp. 4-10.
  • Hobson, A. (2012) The Political (Mis)management of (Homo)sexuality and (In)securities, Criminal Justice Matters, 88:1. June 2012.
  • Barton A., Corteen K., Davies J. & Hobson A. (2010) ‘Reading the Word and Reading the World: The Impact of a Critical Pedagogical Approach to the Teaching of Criminology in Higher Education’, International Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 21 (1) pp. 24 – 41.
  • Hart, D. and Hobson, A. (2006), ‘Mad, Bad or Misunderstood?’, Liverpool Mental Health Awareness.

Conference Papers

  • Hobson, A. (2013) The Governance of Young Males with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) within the Youth Justice System, British Society of Criminology Conference, ‘Criminology on Trial’, University of Wolverhampton, 2-4 July 2013.

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