Emma Wincup

Emma Wincup
Joseph Rowntree Foundation · Evidence and Impact

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Former academic (criminology/social policy), now working for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as a Research Manager (Qualitative).

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Publications (60)
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Background and aims Opening up access to scheduled drugs such as cannabis in the United Kingdom rarely happens, yet on 1 November 2018 the United Kingdom changed the law to allow cannabis‐derived products to be prescribed for medicinal purposes, albeit in tightly controlled circumstances. This followed substantial media interest in the cases of two...
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Recovery is now the defining feature of UK drug and alcohol policy. Despite this policy emphasis, little attention has been paid to the lived experience of those in recovery. Instead, research has typically concentrated on treatment populations, which are predominantly male. Consequently, we have little insight into recovery experiences in general,...
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In 2003, the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs published Hidden Harm, the product of an inquiry that exposed the “problems” of parental drug use and its neglect by professionals. It outlined an extensive program of reforms designed to protect children from harm. Despite its far-reaching influence, it has rarely been subject to scrutiny, wi...
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The concept of vulnerability is now deeply embedded in English drug policy, influential in governing practices such as prevention and treatment activity but yet to be subject to critical scrutiny. In this article, we offer an appraisal of the vulnerability zeitgeist in contemporary drug policy, drawing upon insights from similar endeavours across a...
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Highlights • Both strategies use vulnerability to understand women's pathways into/out of drugs. • The UK strategy concentrates on ‘victimized’ women who are vulnerable to drug use. • The Irish strategy focuses on women's continuing drug use due poor service provision. • Both strategies fall short of a gender-responsive approach to drug policy. • G...
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In recent years, a proliferation of mentoring projects have been established in England and Wales, targeted at both offenders and drug users. This is, in part, a consequence of high-level encouragement to establish such schemes. Mentoring features throughout the Ministry of Justice’s Transforming Rehabilitation strategy as a tool to support offende...
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Over the past two decades, policymakers have been encouraged to develop evidence-based policies in collaboration with experts. Drug policy is unique since it has an established inbuilt mechanism for soliciting expertise via the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). Increasingly alternative mechanisms have been used. Based upon detailed a...
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This chapter looks at how the extended period of fiscal readjustment has changed the landscape of the prisons system, with new providers, new governance mechanisms, and promises of radical reform. However, no policy sphere operates in isolation, and reforms and cutbacks to important provision in other areas of social policy — particularly housing a...
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Ignoring half the world's population takes concerted effort or at least some level of collusion. Academic attention given to women's mental health and addiction highlighted by several editorials from leading academic journals over the last year suggest our collective ignorance is no accident. The Lancet Psychiatry editorial draws attention to the w...
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Commentary to: Making the hard work of recovery more attractive for those with substance use disorders
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Since 2008 political and media attention has focused on the allegedly problematic behaviour of drug users who 'choose' to pursue their 'habit' at the expense of the hardworking taxpayer. This forms part of the 'new welfare commonsense', which censures welfare dependency and stigmatises drug users as 'undeserving' claimants, entrenching the 'war on...
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Purpose – Recovery is the predominant discourse within current UK drug policy, promoted as freedom from dependence. In support of such a policy driver, prison drug recovery wings have been piloted in ten prisons in England and Wales to address high drug prevalence rates in prisoner populations. The purpose of this paper is to explore the developmen...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a gendered reading of the 2010 UK drug strategy and draw out the implications of the new recovery paradigm for female drug users. Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores the concept of recovery at a theoretical level, uncovering the taken-for-granted assumptions in the three overarching pr...
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Over the past five years, proposals to introduce drug testing for welfare recipients have proliferated across the globe. In England, it was included in the Welfare Reform Act 2009 (yet never implemented) and in 2013, the New Zealand government introduced legislation which requires claimants to take pre-employment drug tests when requested by a pros...
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Mentoring has recently taken centre stage as one of the primary criminal justice ‘interventions’ to reduce reoffending, having grown in popularity over the past fifteen years. Its rapid growth has been driven by claims of success within and outside the criminal justice system, leading some to argue that it has been perceived as a silver bullet (New...
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Background: An emphasis on welfare reform has been a shared concern of recent UK governments, with the project of transforming the provision of welfare gathering pace over the past six years. Replicating active labour market policies pursued across the globe, successive governments have used welfare-to-work programmes as mechanisms to address work...
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Understanding crime and social policy explores the interface between crime and social policy, drawing upon international theoretical developments and empirical research from within Criminology and Social Policy. Written by an experienced author, it uses analysis of policy-making under the New Labour and Conservative-Liberal Democrat governments to...
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RumgayJudith (2007), Ladies of Lost Causes: Rehabilitation, Women Offenders and the Voluntary Sector. Devon: Willan Publishing. £25.00, pp. 264, pbk. - Volume 37 Issue 3 - EMMA WINCUP
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In this article, we present the findings of a Home Office funded project on young homeless people and drug use. Our particular focus is on the 27 young homeless people we identified as problem drug users. We have grounded our discussion in their experiences and we use their stories to reflect critically on drug service provision for this group. The...
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Unlike prisons, approved probation and bail hostels are not secure establishments. It is neither required nor desirable that residents should spend twenty-four hours a day in the hostel. Attention to minimizing the risk posed by one resident to another, and by residents to staff and the public at large, is therefore crucial.2
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Background This paper summarises the main findings from a study of multi-agency risk assessment and risk management procedures aimed at protecting the public from sexual, violent and other potentially dangerous offenders (PDOs). The main aims of the study were to examine the range of practice between areas; to evaluate working practices and multi-...
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The purpose of this chapter is twofold: (1) to explore the impact of engaging in qualitative research on the researcher, and (2) to explore the effects of participating in the research on the individual. The key concern of this chapter is to consider the centrality of emotions in qualitative research, especially in projects informed by feminist the...
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Drawing upon qualitative data gathered through fieldwork in three bail hostels, this paper outlines the role of substance use (illegal drugs, alcohol, prescribed medication and food) in the lives of women awaiting trial. Their use of substance is explored within the context of the multiple and complex problems which shaped their lives. It is argued...
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Based on ethnographic research in three bail hostels, this paper discusses the common problems experienced by women awaiting trial and the strategies they employed to manage the realities of their lives. Whilst the women living in the hostel came from diverse backgrounds, what united them, apart from the experience of being charged with a criminal...
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StewartJohn, SmithDavid, StewartGill with FullwoodCedric, Understanding Offending Behaviour, Longman, London1995, 200 pp. paper, £15.99. - Volume 24 Issue 4 - Emma Wincup

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The project explore the changing nature of experts and expertise in drug policy-making