Anita is responsible for developing the charity’s research capacity, forging links with academics and universities, funders and partner organisations.
Her own research interests include suicide and self-harm in prisons, women in prison, and order and control in the prison environment.
She was appointed a user member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 sub panel for social work and social policy, and held the equivalent role in the 2014 REF exercise on the law sub panel.
Anita is the managing editor of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. She is an honorary visiting fellow in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. She is also a member of the Perrie Lectures Committee.