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Harriet Pierpoint is Professor of Criminology at University of South Wales. She is interested in vulnerability and fairness in the criminal justice system. She has published in internationally recognised, peer reviewed journals in this field as ‘Policing and Society: An International Journal’ and ‘Criminology and Criminal Justice: The International Journal’, as well as contributing to practitioner publications and the broader media.

The National Appropriate Adult Network consulted Harriet in the development of their current national standards, approved by the Youth Justice Board (YJB), Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCCS).

Professor Pierpoint was recently invited to give evidence to the Criminal Legal Aid Independent Review. She is an invited member of the South Wales Police Independent Ethics Committee and also sits on their Gold Group on Disproportionate Use of Powers.  Harriet is member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Criminology and Co-Chair of the Vulnerability Research Network. She was selected as a participant on the Welsh Crucible 2017.

Harriet is an experienced project manager of large-scale research projects. She is particularly interested in facilitating the voices of users in the design and evaluation of projects. She has worked on projects for government departments (Youth Justice Board, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service Cymru and Welsh Government) and the third sector (St Giles Trust Cymru, The National Lottery).  She also has experience of working with research consultancies.


Harriet is currently supervising six PhD students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, Aberystwyth University

Sept 2021 → …

Member of Executive Committeee, British Society of Criminology

Co-Chair of Vulnerability Research Network, British Society of Criminology

Steering Group of the Green Criminology Research Network, British Society of Criminology

Regional Groups and Specialist Networks Co-ordinator, British Society of Criminology

Regional Chair of the Wales Branch , British Society of Criminology

External Advisor, Cardiff University

Invited Independent Member of the Independent Ethics Committee , South Wales Police

External Examiner, Swansea University

External Examiner, University of Portsmouth

External Examiner, University of Sussex

External Panellist , University of Wales, Newport

External Assessor, Wrexham Glyndŵr University


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • K Law (General)


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