Laura Bainbridge

BA (York), MA (York), PhD (Under examination)

  • Associate Lecturer


Upon graduating with a BA in Politics in 2007 I was employed as a research manager by an award winning independent social research agency. As a member of the Children, Young People and Families team I conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects on behalf of clients such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, NICE, Action for Children, NESTA and The Prince’s Trust. Specialising in engaging ‘hard to reach’ groups I explored a range of complex issues including interpersonal violence, gang membership, youth leadership, child sexual abuse and the challenges surrounding being ‘NEET’.  

Following the completion of an MA in Social Policy in 2012 I began working for Independent Domestic Abuse Services where I coordinated Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) across York and North Yorkshire.  

I joined the SPSW Department in September 2013 as a result of being awarded an ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre +3 studentship. Positioned firmly at the nexus between social policy, political science, and criminology, my PhD thesis examined the occurrence and realities of the phenomenon of ‘international-subnational’ crime and justice policy transfer. Adopting a qualitative case study design that was exploratory in nature, it meticulously reconstructed the (in)formal events that led to the development and implementation of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) Pilot by triangulating evidence obtained from three sources: elite interviews, documentary materials and unstructured naturalistic observation. In addition to making a series of empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions to existing academic knowledge, my thesis also bridged the gap between social scientific enquiry and public policy-making by identifying empirically grounded ‘lessons’ for policy practitioners and by forwarding a number of policy recommendations.

I commenced work as an Associate Lecturer in Social Policy in September 2017. 


Research interests

  • Policy transfer
  • The policy process
  • Violence reduction (including ‘mandatory alcohol abstinence’) 


Bainbridge, L. (2016). Less talk, more (inter)action. Presented at the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Conference, University of York, 6 October 2016.

Bainbridge, L. (2016). Importation or speculation? Reconstructing the ‘international-subnational’ crime and criminal justice policy transfer process. Presented at the British Society of Criminology Conference, Nottingham Conference Centre, 6-8th July 2016.

Bainbridge, L. (2016). Abandoning echoed assumptions: A concise exploration of crime and criminal justice policy transfer.  Presented at the Social Policy Association Conference, Belfast Metropolitan College, 4-6th July 2016.

Bainbridge, L. (2016). Why (re)imagine policy when you can borrow it? What we know about crime and criminal justice policy transfer.  Presented at the Howard League for Penal Reform International Conference, Keble College Oxford, 16-18th March 2016. 'Runner-up' for the prize for best PhD paper.


  • Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member of The York Policy Review
  • Member of the Social Policy Association
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of York CrimNet
  • Member of the Tracking People Network 


  • Exploring Social Policy and Society (Module Convenor) (first year undergraduate)
  • Politics and Economics of Social Policy (first year undergraduate)
  • The Policy Process (second year undergraduate)
  • Research Design (postgraduate)

I have also taught on the following modules:

  • Introducing Criminal Justice
  • Introducing Social Policy

In addition, I was the SPSW GTA Mentor between 2013 and 2015.

Personal supervision

I currently supervise 21 undergraduate students.


Contact details

Laura Bainbridge
Associate Lecturer

Tel: 01904 321268