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Professor Elaine Arnull

Professor of Social Sciences and Social Work

Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

Elaine Arnull


Elaine is Professor of Social Sciences at Solent University and a Visiting Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has an established, international publication and research profile and has been awarded over £1m in funded research awards.

Elaine serves on a number of national boards in an advisory capacity. She is appointed by Social Work England to their National Roundtable on Workforce and also to their Education and Training Advisory Forum. Elaine is also an adviser to the Ministry of Justice, serving on their Advisory Panel on Probation Learning. Previously she was an Academic Advisor to the Youth Justice Board, 2013-18, and served on a number of their roundtables.

In 2021 Elaine led 32 international scholars and 5 senior professionals to present evidence at the United Nations 65th Commission on the Status of Women for the second time, having also done so at CSW63 in 2019.

Elaine was Chair (and previously Vice-Chair) of the American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime (2018-21) the largest group of feminist academics in the world. She received the Global Scholar Award for the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, USA, 2016. 

Further information

Elaine’s research interests focus on the intersections of crime and social justice both as they affect young people and adults. She is interested in how people use and experience violence and has several ongoing research projects in this area. She uses qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her work contributes to criminological and social work enquiry.

Elaine has principally published in the areas of violence, violence against women and girls, substance use, youth justice and research methods (particularly participatory approaches), but her work also features partnership working and the experience and use of social work and youth justice services.

Elaine welcomes PhD students and is adept at supporting students through to completion. She is committed to advancing social work and care research and the engagement of social work and care staff in undertaking research.