Dr Samantha Weston

Title: Lecturer in Criminology
Phone: 01782 (7)34336
Email: s.k.weston@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB1.019
Role: UG Criminology Programme Director
Assessments, QA & Extenuating Circumstances Officer Criminology
Contacting me: During Office Hours, posted on my door, or via email appointment

Samantha is a graduate of Staffordshire University, Keele University and the University of Manchester. She has a BA(hons) in Law and Accounting, a MA in Criminology, a MRes in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, and a PhD in Criminology. 

Before coming to Keele University Samantha worked as a Research Associate for 8 years at the National Drug Evidence Centre, University of Manchester. Here she was involved in a number of Home Office and Department of Health funded research projects and had a leading role in the largest UK evaluation of drug treatment to date – The Drug Treatment and Outcomes Research Study (DTORS). Samantha has also worked as a field researcher for Matrix Knowledge and a Research Associate for the University of Birmingham.

Samantha’s research interests fall within the broad area of substance misuse, focusing specifically on treatment interventions and criminal justice responses to drug misuse. Examining the effects of medicalisation and subsequent criminalisation of drug policy, her PhD research focuses on the consequences of being labelled as an ‘addict’ on treatment progression, examining experiences of stigma among drug users and also the role of the health professional as a guardian of social control and the dilemmas this elicits. Samantha is particularly interested in the social exclusion and marginalisation of drug users and the effects this has on treatment progression and recovery.

Selected Publications

  • Weston SK, Honor S, Best D. A tale of two towns: A comparative study exploring the possibilities and pitfalls of social capital among people seeking recovery from substance misuse. Substance Use and Misuse. doi>
  • Davies G, Ward J, Elison S, Weston SK, Dugdale S, Weekes J. 2017. Implementation and evaluation of the Breaking Free Online and Pillars of Recovery treatment programs for substance-involved offenders. Advancing Corrections, vol. 3, 95-113.
  • Weston SK and Cromar-Hayes M. 2017. "This isn’t just a case of taking someone to the hospital”: Police approaches and management of situations involving persons with mental ill health.
  • Weston SK, Cropper S, Lee P. 2017. Independent Research towards Evaluation of the Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Team: Final Report.
  • Elison S, Davies G, Ward J, Weston S, Dugdale S, Weekes J. INVITED PAPER: Using the ‘recovery’ and ‘rehabilitation’ paradigms to support desistence of substance-involved offenders: Exploration of dual and multi-focus interventions. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, vol. 2(4), 274-290. doi> link>

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Journal Articles

  • Weston SK, Honor S, Best D. A tale of two towns: A comparative study exploring the possibilities and pitfalls of social capital among people seeking recovery from substance misuse. Substance Use and Misuse. doi>
  • Davies G, Ward J, Elison S, Weston SK, Dugdale S, Weekes J. 2017. Implementation and evaluation of the Breaking Free Online and Pillars of Recovery treatment programs for substance-involved offenders. Advancing Corrections, vol. 3, 95-113.
  • Elison S, Davies G, Ward J, Weston S, Dugdale S, Weekes J. INVITED PAPER: Using the ‘recovery’ and ‘rehabilitation’ paradigms to support desistence of substance-involved offenders: Exploration of dual and multi-focus interventions. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, vol. 2(4), 274-290. doi> link>
  • Weston S. 2016. The everyday work of the drug treatment practitioner: The influence and constraints of a risk-based agenda. Critical Social Policy, vol. 36(4), 511-530. doi>
  • Elison S, Weston S, Dugdale S, Ward J, Davies G. 2016. A qualitative exploration of UK prisoners’ experiences of substance misuse and mental health difficulties, and the Breaking Free Health and Justice interventions. Journal of Drug Issues, vol. 46(3), 198-215. doi>
  • Elison S, Weston S, Davies G, Karellen S, Ward J. 2015. Initial findings from a mixed-methods feasibility and effectiveness evaluation of the 'Breaking Free Health an Justice' treatment and recovery programme for substance misuse in prison settings. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 23(2), 176-185. doi>
  • Millar T, Hayhurst KP, Jones A, Davies L, Weston SK, Dunn G, Donmall M. 2014. Factors associated with receipt of residential rehabilitation indicate that these clients are more amenable to drug treatment. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 21(2), 165-172. doi>
  • Weston SK. 2014. The origins of conflict in dependent drug treatment: Lessons for partnership working. British Journal of Community Justice, vol. 12(1), 9-26.
  • Bullock T, Weston S, Ahmed A. 2013. A Common Thread. Drink and Drug News, 12-13.
  • Hayhurst KP, Jones A, Millar T, Pierce M, Davies L, Weston SK, Donmall M. 2013. Influence of drug spend on acquisitive offending by substance misusers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 130(1-3), 24-29. doi> link>
  • Donmall M, Jones A, Weston SK, Davies L, Hayhurst KP, Millar T. The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): research design and baseline data. The Open Addiction Journal, vol. 5, 1-11. doi>
  • Johnson R, Gilchrist E, Beech A, Weston SK, Takriti R, Freeman R. 2006. A psychometric typology of UK domestic violence offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 10(21), 1270-1285. doi>

Other

  • Weston SK and Cromar-Hayes M. 2017. "This isn’t just a case of taking someone to the hospital”: Police approaches and management of situations involving persons with mental ill health.
  • Weston SK, Cropper S, Lee P. 2017. Independent Research towards Evaluation of the Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Team: Final Report.
  • Weston SK, Cropper S, Lee P. 2016. Independent Research towards Evaluation of the Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Team: Implementation lessons and questions from the first 6 months.
  • Jones A, Millar T, Anderson T, Moody A, Weston SK, Gittens M, Abeywardana V, Donmall M. 2009. The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Final Outcomes Report.
  • Jones A, Weston SK, Moody A, Millar T, Dollin L, Anderson T, Donmall M. 2007. The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Baseline Report.
  • Bullock T, Weston SK, McVeigh J, Bellis M. 2005. Drug Treatment in the North West of England.
  • Gilchrist E, Johnson R, Takriti R, Weston SK, Beech A, Kebbel M. 2003. Domestic Violence Offenders: Characteristics and Offending related needs.

Current courses:

Research Methods in Criminology

Mental Health and Offending

Drugs: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Criminology Work Placement

MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice

MRes Social Science Research Methods