Dr Caroline Gorden

Job Role
Reader in Criminology & Criminal Justice


Following the completion of my PhD in 2006, I worked as a Programme Specific Facilitator on the Thames Valley Sex Offender Treatment Programme. After moving to Canada to be with my husband, I worked in the areas of women’s homelessness and addiction. Since returning to the UK 12 years ago, I joined Wrexham Glyndwr University as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and presently, a Reader. I am a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society and am particularly interested in research areas covering animal agriculture and factory farming in relation to animal abuse and climate change.

My new co-authored book Constructing Guilt and Innocence: Case Studies of Famous Trials (coming out in April 2022) is based on one of the modules our students study. Each week we study a famous criminal trial that has been fraught with disputes about the defendant’s guilt or innocence. We look at criminological, psychological, sociological and legal perspectives to help explain why the defendant was acquitted or convicted. This is a unique module that students tend to thoroughly enjoy and find deeply interesting.

I very much enjoy supervising PhD students and am interested in receiving applications on various crime and justice related issues.

I live in Shropshire with my husband and three young children.



Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Development in Higher Education, Glyndwr University (2011).


PhD Criminology, Brunel University (2006).





Green Criminology (species justice in relation to animal agriculture and factory farming; and environmental justice in relation to animal agriculture and climate change.


Women and the Criminal Justice System.






Caroline currently teaches Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (Year 1), Criminology (Year 2), Research Methods (Year2), (Year3), Constructing Guilt and Innocence (Year 3), and Negotiated Learning (MA).


Key/recent publications:

  1. Gorden, C. and Birkbeck, C. Constructing Guilt and Innocence: Case Studies of Famous Trials, Bristol Policy Press. Forthcoming, April 2022.
  2. Gorden, C. and Lockwood, K. ‘The Multiple and Complex Needs of Female Prison Leavers in Wales: implications for homelessness services’, in I. Masson and N. Booth. Handbook of Women’s Experiences in Criminal Justice, Taylor and Francis.
  3. Gorden, C. and Hughes, C. ‘Transgender people in prison in England and Wales: policy and practice in a culture of penal populism’ in M. Maycock, M., Fernandez, F., O’Shea. S. and Jenness, V. eds. International Perspectives on Transgender People’s Experiences of the Criminal Justice System, Forthcoming.
  4. Gorden, C., Lockwood, K., Madoc-Jones, I., Dubberley, S. Hughes, C., Washington-Dyer, K., Wilding, M. and Ahmen, A. (2020) ‘Preventing Homelessness among Women Prison Leavers in Wales: addressing the multiple and complex needs of women in an age of austerity’, European Journal of Criminology.
  5. Gorden, C., Stanton-Jones, H., Harrison, J., and Parry, H. (2020) ‘Experiences of Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours in a Residential Treatment Programme: A Qualitative Study’, Journal of Sexual Aggression, 27(2): 153-66.
  6. Madoc-Jones, I., Ahmed, A., Hughes, C., Gorden, C., Dubberley, D., Washington-Dyer,K., Lockwood, K., and Wilding, M. (2020) ‘Imaginary prison prevention with prison leavers’, Journal of Social Policy and Society, 19(1): 145-55.
  7. Madoc-Jones, I., Gorden, C., Hughes, C., Dubberley, S., and Washington-Dyer, K. (2019) ‘Rethinking Homelessness Amongst Prison leavers’, European Journal of Probation, 10(3): 215-31.
  8. Madoc-Jones. I., Owen, E., Lloyd-Jones, N., and Gorden, C. (2018) ‘Assessing and Addressing Domestic Abuse by Ex-Armed Service Personnel, Probation Journal, (1-18).
  9. Gorden, C., Hughes, C., Roberts, D., Astbury-Ward, E. and Dubberley, S. (2017) ‘A Literature Review of Transgender People in Prison: An ‘invisible’ population in England and Wales’, Prison Service Journal. September 2017 (No. 233).