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I am a social scientist by profession and an advocate for strengthening the links between research and teaching. In this role, I lead Professors, Associate Professors, Lecturers and Support Staff, am accountable for academic quality, Chair various committees and co-ordinate our Department’s annual budget. Our Department undertakes a lot of exciting work, including national and international research in social and political sciences, counsellor practitioner training, and the delivery of high quality critical social science teaching in Counselling, Criminology, Economics, International Relations, Politics, Sociology and Trauma.

I am truly passionate about my work in leading an academic team. We work collaboratively despite disparate subject areas, which is a testament to the ethos nurtured by the staff and student group of interdisciplinarity, respect for critical opinions and a shared approach to enhancing the student experience. As we go through change as a Higher Education sector, I am eager to promote the voices of research and teaching staff and students; indeed, I feel that this is one of my key responsibilities.

My work brings me into contact with a range of areas of University work, in particular in areas of quality enhancement and monitoring. I am a Chair of the University-wide Academic Integrity Committee and a Member of the University-wide Academic Appeals Committee. Concerning student affairs, I am a Chair of the University-wide Student Disciplinary/Professional Suitability Panel, and undertake routine on-call work as a third-tier manager out of hours.

Current doctoral supervision include:

  • Lisa Cromar
  • Angeline Duraipandi
  • Ben Nuss
  • Emma Price
  • Brian Roberts
  • Tina Royles
  • Amy Woodward
  • Clare Le Roux


My research is interdisciplinary, drawing together areas of criminology with the more general concerns of culture within public service/armed forces occupations. Further, I write and research on a range of substantive issues relating to biography including: mentally vulnerable individuals and the criminal justice process; ageing, welfare and punishment; criminal justice practitioner well-being.


Published Work


  • Taylor, P., Morley, S., & Powell, J. (Eds.).(2020). Mental health and punishments: Critical perspectives in theory and practice. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. ISBN: 9780815375159
  • Taylor, P., Albertson, K., & Murray, E. (Eds.).(2020). Military past, civilian present: International perspectives on veterans' transition from the armed forces. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-30828-5
  • Turner, J., Taylor, P., Morley, S., & Corteen, K. (Eds.).(2017). A companion to the history of crime and criminal justice. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press. ISBN 978-1447325871
  • Morley, S., Turner, J., Corteen, K., & Taylor, P. (Eds.).(2017): A companion to state power, liberties and rights. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press. ISBN 978-1447325826
  • Corteen, K., Morley, S., & Turner, J. (Eds.). (2016). A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.
  • Taylor, P., Corteen, K., & Morley, S. (Eds).(2014). A companion to criminal justice, mental health and risk. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press. ISBN: 9781447310341
  • Taylor, P., & Wagg, P. (Eds).(2014). Work and society: Places, spaces and identities. Chester, United Kingdom: University of Chester Press Link

Book chapters

  • Taylor, P., & Reeves, A. (2022). Building a voice of influence: Supporting social science doctoral students with disabilities. In R. Twinley & G. Letherby (Eds.). The Doctoral Journey as an Emotional, Embodied, Political Experience: Stories from the Field. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Taylor, P. & Reeves, A. (2020). Combatting self-harm and suicide in the US military and after: Culture, military labour and no-harm contracts. In P. Taylor, K. Albertson & E. Murray (Eds.). Military past, civilian present: International perspectives on veterans' transitions from the armed forces. New York, NY: Springer.

  • Taylor, P., & Powell, J. (2019). Ageing and veteran offenders: New challenges for critical social work. In S. Webb (Ed.). The Routledge handbook of critical social work. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. Link
  • Reeves, A., & Taylor, P. (2017). Self-harm and suicide. In A. Vossler, C. Havard, G. Pike, M. Barker, & B. Raabe. Mad or bad? A critical approach to counselling and forensic psychology. London, United Kingdom: Sage. ISBN: 9781473963528
  • Taylor, P., & Powell, J. (2017). The UK welfare state system: With special reference to the mental health care system. In C. Aspalter (Ed.). The Routledge research companion to welfare state systems. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. ISBN: 9781472449306
  • Powell, J., & Taylor, P. (2017). Theorizing trauma: A new critical understanding. In N. Thompson, G. Cox, R. Stevenson (Eds.) Handbook of traumatic loss. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138182332
  • Taylor, P. (2016). Anti-psychiatry movement. In S. E. Boslaugh (Ed) The SAGE encyclopaedia of pharmacology and society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 9781483350004
  • Taylor, P. (2016). Deinstitutionalization. In S. E. Boslaugh (Ed) The SAGE encyclopaedia of pharmacology and society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 9781483350004
  • Corteen, K., Taylor, P., & Morley, S. (2014). The coroner’s inquest and visceral reactions: considering the impact of self-inflicted deaths on the health and social care professional. In P. Taylor & P. Wagg (Eds.) Work and society9, 37. Link
  • Taylor, P. J. (2013). Governing the body: The legal, administrative and discursive control of the psychiatric patient. In C. Ogden & S. Wakeman (Eds.) Corporeality: The body and society. Chester, United Kingdom: University of Chester Press. Link


  • Murray, E., & Taylor, P. (2019). ‘Soldiering by consent’ and military-civil relations: Military transition into the public space of policing. Illness, Crisis & Loss. 27(4),
  • Taylor, P., Keeling, J., & Mottershead, R. (2019). Intimate partner violence and abuse against men: Voices of victimization among ex-servicemen of the British armed forces. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 27(2). 1054137317717964. Link
  • Powell, J., & Taylor, P. (2017). The "insiders world" Participation action research and mental health - the new foundation of social inquiryJournal of Biomedical Research and Practice, 01(01). 100002.
  • Carver, L., Morley, S., & Taylor, P. (2017). Voices of deficit: Mental health, criminal victimization, and epistemic injustice. Illness, Crisis & Loss25(1), 43-62. Link
  • Morley, S., & Taylor, P. (2016). ‘Cashing In’ on curiosity and spectacle: the forensic patient and news media. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology27(5), 705-721. Link
  • Powell, J. L., & Taylor, P. (2016). Rethinking risk and ageing: Extending working lives. Social Policy and Society15(4), 637-645. Link
  • Keeling, J. J., Van Wormer, K., & Taylor, P. J. (2015). Women’s narratives on their interactions with the first response police officer following an incidence of domestic violence in the UK. Sociology and Criminology. 3(122):1-8. ISSN 2375-4435
  • Powell, J., & Taylor, P. J. (2015). Gender, masculinity, contemporary history and the psychiatric secure estate: Back to the future?. World Scientific News. 22, 145-156.
  • Powell, J., & Taylor, P. J. (2015). The Global South: The case of populational aging in Africa and Asia. World Scientific News. 6, 89-99.
  • Taylor, P. J., & Williams, S. (2014). Sentencing reform and prisoner mental health. Prison Service Journal. 211, 43-49. Link
  • Taylor, P., Corteen, K., & Morley, S. (2013). Service user suicides and coroner's inquests. Criminal Justice Matters92(1), 32-33. Link
  • Taylor, P. (2012). Severe personality disorder in the secure estate: Continuity and change. Medicine, Science and the Law52(3), 125-127. Link
  • Taylor, P., Corteen, K., Ogden, C., & Morley, S. (2012). ‘Standing’ by: disability hate crime and the police in England. Criminal Justice Matters87(1), 46-47. Link
  • Taylor, P., Ogden, C., & Corteen, K. (2012). Tobacco Smoking and Incarceration: Expanding the ‘Last Poor Smoker Thesis’ An Essay in Honour of Dr David Ford. Internet Journal of Criminology, 1-19.

Book reviews

  • Taylor, P. (2015). Violent offenders: Understanding and assessment, by Christina Pietz and Curtis Mattson, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2014, 568 pp.,£ 45.99 (paperback), ISBN: 9780199917297. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research15(4), 321-322. Link

Engagement and Impact

  • Special Issue Editor of 2017, 25(1) Illness, Crisis and Loss (Sage) titled 'Mental health, welfare, protection and crisis: Critical considerations - a UK case study.

Network Memberships

Writing by Invitation

Conference Presentations

  • May 2017, 'Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse: Testimonies of Suffering, Subservience and Surviving Among Male Ex-Armed Forces' (Taylor, P.), at Bringing Conflict Home, University of York, UK.
  • September 2014, 'Exploring Veteran's Experiences of Domestic Violence' (Keeling, J., Mottershead, R., Thomas, M., & Taylor, P.), at 14th Annual Conference of European Society of Criminology, Prague, Czech Republic. 
  • July 2014, ‘Disability hate crime and the police in England’ (Taylor, P., Corteen, K., Ogden, C., & Morley, S.), at 2nd Conference on Intellectual Disability and Criminal Justice, University of Chester.
  • February 2012, Key Note Presentation ‘From Me to We - The Journey from PhD to Publication’, (Corteen, K., & Taylor, P.), at The Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Chester.
  • September 2011, ‘Out with the Old and In with the New- From the Asylum to the Hospital; The Impact of Architectural Change upon Mental Health Work’, (Taylor, P.), at British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Conference, University of
  • June 2011, ‘Narrative Inquiry- the Potential in Sociological Analyses of Mental Health Work’ (Taylor, P.), at The Narrative Practitioner Annual Conference, Glyndwr University.
  • March 2011, ‘Governing the Body- The Emotional Labouring of Mental Health Personnel’ (Taylor, P.), at Corporeality; The Body and Society, University of Chester.


  • BSc(Hons) Criminology
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • MA Crime and Justice
  • MBA
  • PhD
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)