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Dr Louise Wattis

Louise Wattis

About Louise Wattis

Louise completed a degree in criminology and sociology before going on to do her PhD at Teesside.

Dr Louise Wattis' PhD focused on the student experience in a post-industrial location, exploring how student identity/ies intersect with gender and locality to shape experiences of place, crime, safety and fear of crime in a 'non-traditional' university setting.

She also worked as research project officer at Liverpool John Moores University.

Research interests and activities

Louise has a strong interest in gender both within criminology and more widely across social policy and has carried out funded research on gender, work-life balance and family-friendly policy. Her publications focus on class, gender, crime and space, as well women, work and care. At present, Louise's research interests focus on gender, the meaning and significance of crime, crime and history and applying oral history and narrative methodologies within criminology. This is reflected in her current research project, which is funded by The British Academy and explores the meaning and significance of the Yorkshire Ripper murders. Louise also represents Teesside University on the Regional Race, Crime and Justice Research Group.

Louise’s teaching interests are criminological theory and gender, crime and the criminal justice system.

She welcomes PhD supervisions relating to the above.

In the news

  • Teesside academic studying the impact the Yorkshire Ripper had on women at the height of his notoriety
    Northern Echo (Web), 18/07/2013
    Dr Louise Wattis, a criminologist at Teesside University, is researching how that pervading fear affected people’s daily lives.

  • Let's talk about the Ripper
    Northern Echo (North Edition), 19/07/2013
    Dr Louise Wattis, senior lecturer in criminology in Teesside University's School of Social Sciences and Law, is researching how the fear of crime in relation to the Yorkshire Ripper case affected the

  • Academic's research into Yorkshire Ripper murders
    BBC Leeds, 10/7/2013
    Dr Louise Wattis is researching the fear of crime, with focus on the era during the Yorkshire Ripper murders

  • Ripper inquiry work by doctor
    Evening Gazette (Teesside), 08/07/2013, Northern Echo (North Edition), 09/07/2013
    Criminologist and Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Teesside University, Dr Louise Wattis is conducting a research into the infamous Yorkshire Ripper murders.

  • Yorkshire Ripper study set to launch
    Hartlepool Mail, 05/07/2013, p.19
    Although his reign of terror was finally brought to an end in the early 1980s, the Yorkshire Ripper is still prevalent in the minds of many people. Teesside University criminologist Dr Louise Wattis i

  • Research into the affects of murders
    Telegraph and Argus (Bradford), 06/07/2013, p.9; Telegraph & Argus (Web), 06/07/2013
    Criminologist Dr Louise Wattis, senior lecturer in criminology in Teesside University's School of Social Sciences & Law, is hoping to speak to people who were living across the Bradford and Leeds area

  • Criminologist investigating impact of Ripper fear
    Northern Echo (Web), 07/07/2013
    Teesside University criminologist Dr Louise Wattis is hoping to speak to people who lived in Bradford and Leeds during the time Peter Sutcliffe – known as the Yorkshire Ripper – committed his crimes.