Sharon Dickinson


Sharon is currently a Part-Time PhD Student at Edge Hill, completing her studies alongside being a Full-Time Probation Officer. She has worked for the National Probation Service since 2016. She is also a Mental Health Service User Group (MHSG) facilitator delivering support and learning on a number of subjects relating to mental health and the criminal justice system to offenders who suffer with mental health and require additional support.

Sharon graduated from The Open University with a BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychological Studies in 2015 and from Edge Hill University with an MRes in Criminology in 2018. Her MRes dissertation was entitled “‘It’s our city too’: A phenomenological exploration of the lived experience of skateboarders who are excluded from public spaces in Manchester”. As an extension to her MRes research, Sharon’s doctoral research is an interdisciplinary enquiry into the contested social production of urban space through examining the extent to which skateboarders gentrify the spaces that they occupy, and it examines how law and policy are applied to public spaces to decide who uses those spaces. Her PhD draws on aspects of cultural criminology, environmental criminology, philosophical criminology, spatial theory and urban criticism.
In 2019 Sharon spoke at the ‘Pushing Borders’ skateboarding academic conference in Malmö Sweden.


  • MRes Criminology, Edge Hill University, 2018
  • Graduate Diploma Community Justice (Probation), Sheffield Hallam University, 2019
  • Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice, 2019
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychological Studies, The Open University, 2015
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology with Psychological Studies, The Open University, 2013
  • Certificate in Health Science, The Open University, 2012
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences, The Open University, 2011
  • Certificate in Health and Social Care, The Open University, 2011

Research Interests

  • Aesthetic criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Cultural criminology
  • Gentrification
  • Skateboarding
  • Social exclusion
  • Urban criminology

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