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Professor of Criminology & Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London

Professor Rosie Meek is a chartered psychologist and prison researcher, conducting quantitative and qualitative research throughout the UK and internationally.

Current research activities include:

1. Developing effective measurement tools for the evaluation of mentoring and arts programmes in criminal justice settings (with Prof Mike Maguire, RAND and ARCS).

2. The role of sport and physical activity in prison settings ('Sport in Prison' published by Routledge in 2013 and independent review 'A Sporting Chance' published by the Ministry of Justice in 2018)

3. The role of voluntary and community organisations in reducing reoffending and promoting desistance (click here for further details) with Dr Alice Mills (University of Auckland) and Dr Dina Gojkovic (University of Southampton)

4. A social psychological exploration of narcissim, empathy and the better-than-average effect. With Prof Constantine Sedikides (University of Southampton), Dr Erica Hepper (University of Surrey) and Prof Mark Alicke (Ohio University)

5. Evaluation of prison-based programmes at a number of different HMP establishments

She was founding head of the School of Law at Royal Holloway University of London, and has previously held appointments at the University of Southampton, Teesside University, the Open University and the Howard League for Penal Reform.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Royal Holloway