Dr Helen Elfleet

Biography

Dr Helen Elfleet is a Lecturer in Criminology. Her research and teaching interests include imprisonment and post-release experience; the penal voluntary sector; gender specific governance; neoliberalism; austerity; mental health problems; and governmentality. She has authored book chapters and articles for academic journals, and has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. Her recent research has focused on the role and function of a women’s centre, opened following the Corston Report (2007), for formerly imprisoned women with mental health problems, in a neoliberal context. She is a member of The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.


Qualifications

  • BA (hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice (1st Class), University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • M.Res (Criminology) – ‘Gender Responsive Penality: A Feminist Abolitionist Analysis of Official Penal Discourse on Women’s Imprisonment Post Corston (2007)’, University of Central Lancashire, 2013
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University, 2016.
  • PhD (Criminology) – Gender Responsivity in a Women’s Centre: Post-release Experiences after the Cortson Report (2007), Edge Hill University, 2019.

Teaching

  • CRI1124/1121 Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • CRI1005 Criminology and the Modern World
  • CRI2026 Work Experience
  • CRI3021/3022 Crimes of the Powerful

Research Interests

  • Austerity and neoliberalism
  • Official discourse
  • Punishment
  • Post-release experience
  • Mental health problems
  • Gender responsivity
  • Penal Abolitionism

Publications

(full details on the Edge Hill Research Archive)

  • Elfleet, H. (2018) ‘Women’s Centres: Gender Responsive Services for Formerly Imprisoned Women Post Corston Report (2007)’. The Howard League for Penal Reform, ECAN Bulletin, Issue 35, April 2018.
  • Elfleet, H. (2017) Post-Release Experiences after Corston (2007). In Fletcher, S., & White, H. (2017). Emerging Voices: Critical Social Research by European Group Postgraduate and Early Career Academics. London. EG Press Ltd.
  • Elfleet, H. (2017). ‘Empowered to be Resilient: Neo-Liberal Penal Rhetoric and the Corston Report (2007)’. Prison Service Journal, 230, 33-38.
  • Dunbabin, H. (2011) ‘Child Criminals in the Media: An Analysis of Media Constructions of ‘Child Criminals’ and a Critical Analysis of the Consequences’ The Internet Journal of Criminology.

 

Conference Papers

  • Elfleet (2017) ‘Empowerment’ In a Semi-Penal Women’s Centre: Post Release Experiences after Corston (2007). Annual Conference of the British Society of Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University, July 2017.
  • Elfleet, H. (2017). ‘Analysing the Experiences of Formerly Imprisoned Women: Gender Responsivity in a Women’s Centre post Corston Report (2007)’. Cutting Edge: Research Impact in HE, Conform or TransformEdge Hill University, April 2017.
  • Elfleet, H (2016). ‘Un-silencing the Silenced: Narratives of Adult Female Ex-prisoners with pre-existing Mental Health Problems’. 44th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.
  • Elfleet, H (2015) ‘Responsibilising The ‘Emotionally Illiterate’: Critiquing the Corston Report (2007)’ European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control 43rd Annual Conference, University of Tartu in Tallinn, September 2015
  • Elfleet, H (2015) ’A Feminist Abolitionist Analysis of the Imprisonment of Women with Pre-Existing Mental Health Problems, Post Corston Report (2007)’ Department of Law and Criminology Research Seminar, Edge Hill University, March 2015.
  • Elfleet,H (2015) ‘Gender Responsive Penal Reform: A Critical Analysis of The Corston Report (2007)’ Cutting Edge: Answers to the Great Questions of Life, the Universe and Everything, Edge Hill University, April 2015.
  • Elfleet, H (2015)’ A Feminist Abolitionist Analysis of the Imprisonment of Women with Pre-Existing Mental Health Problems, Post Corston Report (2007)’ Department of Law and Criminology Research Seminar, Edge Hill University, March 2015.