Contact Info


Martina Feilzer - MSc (Edinburgh) DPhil (Oxford)


Head of SchoolSenior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice



+44 (0) 1248 388171


Room 106, Neuadd Ogwen



Martina studied law at the University of Tübingen before completing an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Edinburgh in 1999, and a DPhil on the influence of the media on public perceptions of crime and criminal justice at the University of Oxford in 2008. She worked as a research officer at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford for six years on numerous projects funded by the Youth Justice Board, the Home Office, and the Nuffield Foundation.

She joined the Bangor University in 2007 and has since undertaken a range of research projects relating to the workings of the criminal justice system in North Wales, including policing and penal policy. Martina is a member of the ESRC funded WISERD Civil Society Centre; is a network co-ordinator at the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice; and a co-applicant on the ESRC-funded seminar series: DATA - PSST! Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements - Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust.



Martina’s main research interests are the relationship between the public and criminal justice at local, national, and European level; the relationship between the media and public opinion of criminal justice; penal policy; and comparative and historical criminological research.

She also has a strong interest in the use of mixed methods research and the secondary analysis and visualisation of existing datasets.

Research News

Feilzer, M.Y. and Jones, I.R. (2016-2018). Social and Cultural Capital in Later Life

Part of the WISERD/ESRC Civil Society large centre funded in 2014, This two-year research project will explore the evidence on the impact of ageing on participation in civil society and intergenerational relations in form of data sources available on ageing, social participation, intergenerational relations, and civil society.

Bakir, V. et al. (2014-2016) ESRC seminar series: DATA - PSST! Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements - Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust. Co-applicant.

Deering, J., and Feilzer, M.Y. (2014). Probation practitioners’ views of Transforming Rehabilitation

This project follows on from the pilot below and seeks to explore the views of probation workers about government intentions to marketise and part-privatise the service’s functions, as outlined in Transforming Rehabilitation. Transforming Rehabilitation proposed the creation of ‘Community Rehabilitation Companies’ (CRCs) which will in due course be subject to marketisation and privatisation and a new National Probation Service, which will be part of the civil service. Using an online survey, we are exploring probation practitioners’ views of the transition process and the new set-up on probation practitioners’ values, expectations of probation services, and the legitimacy of probation work.

Deering, J., Feilzer, M.Y., and Holmes, T. (2012-2013). Probation practitioners’ views of working in the private sector.

This research seeks to explore the views of probation practitioners who have left the probation service and joined private sector companies to provide services to offenders in the community or in custody. Whilst many academics have expressed concern over the legitimacy, accountability, and quality of services provided by the private sector, few seem to have consulted those on the frontline of service provision who have experience of working in both sectors. Practitioners’ views on working practices, work ethos, quality of service provision, and their own role are an important factor in establishing the impact of private sector service provision of probation services on the nature of service provision and contemporary landscape of penal practices.

Recent Projects

Seddon, D., Khoury, S. , Feilzer, M.Y., and Robinson, C.A. (2012). Independent Domestic Violence Advisors in North Wales – Assessing implementation and impact.

The research aims to provide an evidence base to inform future policy and practice developments relating to the IDVA service across North Wales. This will ultimately help to better meet the needs of people affected by domestic violence living in the area.
Feilzer, M., Roome, D., and Trew, J. (2010-2011), collaborative project of Bangor University and North Wales Police. The impact of value based decision making on policing in North Wales. Funded by WAG.

North Wales Police is rolling out ‘value-based decision making’ in operational policing across the force area.The concept of value based decision making (VBDM) can be described as affording staff greater discretion in determining the most appropriate resolution for minor crimes, incidents, and road traffic offences. It is an essential element of the force’s drive to provide an increasingly ‘citizen-focussed’ service, and is intended to increase the trust and confidence of people in policing services, as well as improving efficiency through streamlined processes. The research will monitor the impact of the training in value-based decision making on operational practices, including aspects of operational policing such as detection rates, and its impact on police officers’ and the public’s perceptions of frontline policing.

Feilzer, M., Plows, A., Williams, K., and Yates, J. (2010-2011), collaborative project of WISERD and WCCSJ (Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice), Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities.
An evaluation of the Women’s Turnaround Project in North Wales

The Women’s Turnaround project aims to engage women offenders so that they make necessary changes to stop offending, following a holistic, woman-centred, service model recommended by the Corston Report in 2007. The research will explore the women’s and stakeholder’s perspectives on what women need and whether the Turnaround project in North Wales has helped women to move forward in achieving their targets. Using a mixed methods approach, the research will evaluate whether the project has altered the behaviour/life-styles of the women participating in the research and how far any changes were internalised (from the perspective of the women) rather than just an external perception (on the part of workers). The research explores these questions in relation to the Women’s Turnaround project based in the Women’s Centre in Rhyl, North Wales.

Feilzer, M. and Javed, F. (2010)
Policing the Muslim Community in North Wales: Negotiating the demands of community policing and counter-terrorism

Muslim communities in the UK have become the target of adverse media coverage; increased and mainly adversarial police attention as part of counter terrorism measures; and, in some areas, increased racially motivated crime. Additionally, young Muslims have felt the effects of an identity crisis as British Muslims negotiating traditional cultural and religious values and the demands of the majority white British culture surrounding them, while defending themselves against suspicions of religious fundamentalism, radicalisation, and terrorism. The research explores how North Wales Police can better engage with the local Muslim community, in particular, women and young people, for the purpose of counter-terrorism as well as community policing. Thus, the proposed research explores strategies to build relations between the police and Muslim communities in the particular context of North Wales.

Feilzer, M. with Yener Altunbas and Shanti Chakravarty (2008)
Interrogating the British Crime Survey from a local perspective: The case of North Wales

The British Crime Survey (BCS) is a national victim survey which assesses experiences of crime, the behaviour of victims of crime in regard to reporting of crimes to the police, and survey respondents’ attitudes to, and confidence in, the criminal justice system and its main agencies. Certain components of the BCS are now used as performance indicators which contribute to the assessment of local police force performance. This is a fairly new development and there has been limited academic discussion of the suitability of the BCS for this purpose. This research responds to concerns about the use made of BCS data in performance management and allocation of resources at a /local/ police force level. The research will explore the suitability, validity, and reliability of BCS data for performance management, production of crime estimates, and resource allocation on an individual police force level; and include a secondary analysis of British Crime Survey data using a context-sensitive ‘bottom-up’ approach.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching and Administration


SXY1007 Introductory Criminology and Criminal Justice

SXY 2002 Crime and Justice in Modern Britain


SXY4001 Key issues in Crime and Justice

Research Students

Nelson Ramos (PhD)

Human Trafficking, European Union policy development. The effects on national and local police procedures. Comparative study between England/Wales and Portugal.

Ben Jackson (PhD)
Assessing claims of African bias at the International Criminal Court: An analysis of abuses committed in post-2002 conflicts under jurisdiction of the Rome Statute

Gabriella Simak (PhD)
The use of restorative justice with young people with mental health problems

Ado Sale (PhD, awarded 2014)

Coping with, and responding to, prison overcrowding: a study of Nigeria’s prisons.

Jessica Trew (MRes, awarded 2012)

The conflict between procedural justice and managerialism in operational policing.


Other activities


Research Reviews for Ministry of Justice; Journal Reviews for Crime, Media, Culture; Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

ESRC Commissioning Panel Member for the 2012/13 Research Seminar Competition.

Member of Evaluation Consultation Group convened by the Ministry of Justice.

Martina is one of the network co-ordinators for the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice Network on Criminal Justice and Penal Policy, see

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