Dr Lisa O'Malley

  • Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Crime
  • Director BA Applied Social Science - Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Chair of the Board of Examiners


Areas of expertise

  • Urban renewal
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Politics and poverty of place

Academic biography

I returned to academic study as a mature student and completed my first degree in Sociology and Social Policy here at York. This in turn fuelled my interest in issues associated with 'place' - why some places are perceived as 'better' than others and how 'where you live' might affect your life chances. These ideas informed my PhD which I completed in 2001, and continue to inform my primary areas of research and teaching interest. After working as a contract researcher in the Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) for three years I took up my current lecturing post in 2005.

My current teaching profile is associated with crime and place. I teach specialist modules in Policing and 'Crime and Place’ as well as contributing to core criminology modules. My research interests continue to lie with aspects of place, particularly the relationship between housing tenure and crime and the criminalisation of place. I am also interested in developing more nuanced approaches to comparative and international criminology that take account of the relationship between crime, place and social welfare.

I have also published methodological papers in the field of scoping studies and have worked as a consultant on a number of projects in this area. Scoping study methods are relatively under-used compared with ‘systematic’ reviews, yet this method offers a useful way to deal with inter-disciplinary areas of research without undermining the intellectual base of knowledge as well as offering fruitful ways to explore gaps in existing knowledge on particular topics.


Current interests and projects

  • Housing Tenure and Crime – a longitudinal analysis of the British Crime Survey (with David Rhodes from the Centre for Housing Policy)
  • Scoping Study of research in Comparative and International Criminology

PhD supervision interests

  • Voluntary Sector and Social Welfare
  • Urban renewal
  • Crime and Place


Arksey, H. and O'Malley, L. (2005) 'Scoping studies: towards a methodological framework', International Journal of Social Research Methodology , vol. 8, no. 1, pp19-32.

O'Malley, L. and Croucher, K. (2005) 'Supported housing services for people with mental health problems: A scoping study', Housing Studies , vol. 5, no. 20, pp831-846.

O'Malley, L. and Croucher, K. (2005) 'Housing and dementia care - a scoping review of the literature', Health and Social Care in the Community , vol. 13, no. 6, pp570-577.

Nettleton, S., Burrows, R. and O'Malley, L. (2005) 'The Mundane Realities of the Everyday. Lay Use of the Internet for Health and their Consequences for Media Convergence', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 27, no. 7, pp972-992.

Nettleton, S. Watt, I., O'Malley, L. and Duffey, P. (2005) 'Understanding the narratives of people who live with medically unexplained illness', Patient Education and Counselling, vol. 56, no. 2, pp205-210.

Arksey, H. and OMalley, L. (2005) 'Scoping Studies: Towards a Methodological Framework', International Journal of Research Methods , vol. 8, no. 1, pp19-32.

Nettleton, S., OMalley, L., Watt, I. and Duffey, P. (2004) 'Enigmatic illness: narratives of medically unexplained illness', Social Theory and Health , vol. 2, no. 1, pp47-66.

OMalley, L. (2004) 'Working in Partnership for Regeneration: the Effect of Organisational Norms on Community Group', Environment and Planning A , vol. 36, pp841-857.

Nettleton, S., Burrows, R. and OMalley, L. (2004) 'Health E-types: an analysis of the everyday use of the internet for health', Information, Communication and Society (special issue on E-Health), vol. 7, no. 4.

Nettleton, S., Watt, I.  OMalley, L. and Duffey, P. (2004) 'Understanding the narratives of people who live with medically unexplained illness', Patient Education and Counselling, vol. 56, no. 2, pp.205-210.

Arksey, H., OMalley, L, Baldwin, S. and Harris, J. (2002) Services to Support Carers of People with Mental Health Problems: Literature Review Report, York: Social Policy Research Unit, University of York.

Arksey, H., OMalley, L, Baldwin, S., Harris, J., Mason, A., Newbronner, E. and Hare, P. (2002) Services to Support Carers of People with Mental Health Problems: Overview Report , York: SPRU, University of York.

Dr Lisa O'Malley

Contact details

Dr Lisa O'Malley
Lecturer in Social Policy

Tel: 01904 32 1242