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Dr Amanda Holt

Senior Lecturer

Amanda Holt

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom


Research overview

My research approach is interdisciplinary and draws on psychology, sociology, criminology, social policy and social work perspectives. I am particularly interested in the relationship between families, identity and harm. I also specialise in research methods.

Recently funded research projects have explored adolescent-to-parent abuse, anti-violence strategies in schools, the 'troubled families' agenda and pluralities in data analysis.

My recent book 'Adolescent-to-parent abuse: Current understandings in research, policy and practice' (Policy Press, 2013) is the first academic book to address this particular form of family abuse.

Current Teaching

I convene C201 Understanding Criminological Fieldwork. I also contribute to C102 Crime and Social Life and C205 Criminological Thought.

My Role

I am Deputy Director for Postgraduate Studies in the School of Law.

External Roles

2010- External Examiner for the course 'Effective Practice in Youth Justice', Open University.


BA (Hons) Applied Psychology; MSc Psychological Research Methods; PhD (Applied Social Science)

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