Hannah Wilkinson

Phone: 01782 733731
Supervisor(s):Ronnie Lippens, Evi Girling and Samantha Weston
Location: CM1.03
Role: PhD Student

Hannah is a PhD student in Criminology, within the school of Social Science and Public Policy. Prior to starting the PhD, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Criminology, and a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Keele University. Hannah has also taught on a range of Criminology modules at Keele, from the Foundation Year through to Masters level, and was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Criminology in September 2017.

In addition, Hannah has worked as a Research Associate alongside Dr. Samantha Weston, on projects with Re-Solv – on early intervention and prevention of volatile substance abuse (VSA), and with Staffordshire Police – evaluating the child sexual exploitation (CSE) prevention programme delivered to young people in Staffordshire.

Hannah is also a member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, the Centre of Crime and Justice Studies, the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and is a student member of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Title: No Man’s Land? Veterans’ experiences of 21st century warfare and the return to post-conflict life

Project Summary: This research explores the experiences of former military personnel and the impact of serving in 21st century theatres of war on the return to civilian life. It seeks to understand how the often ambiguous nature of recent wars may affect this transition, situating these experiences in the context of what military personnel return to, what ‘post-conflict’ life is, and what ‘civvy street’ means to these individuals. Placing a rare criminological focus on those that have not necessarily been involved in the criminal justice system, or suffered ‘obvious’ harm, this research uncovers the voices of former military personnel that do not appear to fit constructions of the soldier and veteran as ‘offender’ or ‘victim’.

Hannah is a Teaching Fellow in Criminology at Keele, and contributes to a range of modules from the Foundation year through to Masters level, including:

CRI 00003 – Introduction to Criminology (Module Leader)

CRI 11010 – Understanding Crime

CRI 10013 – Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice

CRI 40028 – Researching Crime and Criminal Justice

CRI 40030 – Advanced Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Wilkinson, H. R. (2017) ‘”What was it all for?”: 21st Century Theatres of War and the Return to ‘Post-Conflict’ Life’, in Fletcher, S. and White, H. (Eds.) Emerging Voices: Critical Social Research by European Group Postgraduate and Early Careers Researchers. European Group Press.
  • Wilkinson, H. R. and Reimagining Conflict: Pedagogy, Policy and Arts Group (2016) Reimaging the Veteran: An Interview with Hannah Wilkinson, PhD Candidate, Keele University. [Online Video]. 26th September 2016. Available from:

Invited Presentations

  • Wilkinson, H. R. (2016) ‘Social Capital in No Man’s Land: Exploring the experiences of former military personnel returning to civilian life’. Criminology, Criminal Justice and Ex-Military Communities: The Way Ahead? University of Liverpool.

Selected Conference papers

  • Wilkinson, H. R. (2017) ‘”What was it all for?: The risks, costs and uncertainties of serving in 21st century conflict and transitioning to a ‘post-conflict’ life’. ‘Critical Approaches to Risk and Security: East, South, North, West’, International Sociological Association (ISA) Mid-term conference, University of Liverpool in Singapore
  • Wilkinson, H. R. (2016) ‘”That’s what my life was worth, 600 fucking quid a month”: The ‘invisible’ costs of serving in 21st century conflict’. 44th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance & Social Control. University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
  • Wilkinson, H. R. (2016) ‘No Man’s Land: Leaving 21st Century Conflict’ [Poster Presentation] Outside the Frame: Thinking and Engaging Differently. Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keele University [Award Winning]
  • Wilkinson, H. R. and Weston, S. (2015) ‘The ‘Dark Side’ of Social Capital for Marginalised Groups’. Social divisions, surveillance and the security state, 43rd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.  Tallinn, Estonia