Clair Looby is the programme leader for the MA Applied Criminology: Youth and Criminal Justice. A significant part of her career has involved working with professional cohorts of students and facilitating the development of practice. This knowledge has developed in part from her practice and academic background in criminal justice, including her role delivering professional qualifications in probation work. Clair has also played a key role within MDX in the development of external partnerships, particularly those relating to accreditation services, quality assurance and placements.
BA Hons, PGCert, MA
The greater part of Clair’s career has involved working with professional cohorts of students and facilitating the development of practice. As such she has a broad pedagogical knowledge and interest in professional development, both at the individual and institutional levels and the use of formal and informal learning approaches to improve professional knowledge, competence, and effectiveness. Her areas of teaching include the criminal justice system, youth crime and youth justice, community safety and public protection, applied criminology and placements.
Clair is particularly interested in the relationship between theory and practice and how this helps to support the professional development of practitioners. Her current research focuses on the development of academic researchers and the initiatives undertaken to build research capacity within higher education.