Dr Billie Lister
Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Leeds Beckett University
Billie is a qualified social scientist, having completed an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded MSc in Applied Social Research in 2008. She then completed her Doctorate in 2012, all attained from the University of Stirling.
Billie currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett university, having being appointed to the role in August 2014. Within this role she is responsible for designing and implementing Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, and to date has created two complete modules which are delivered to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students respectively.
Her module ‘Being a Criminologist’ is designed specifically for L4 (1st Year) Undergraduate students. Taking into account the widening diversity which characterises the student body, this module introduces both criminological topics and essential study skills which are needed for academia and beyond. The L7 module, ‘Understanding the Sex Industry’, combines synchronous and asynchronous learning methods as well as lectures and seminars to help Masters level students understand the many complexities of the commercial sex industry on both a local and international basis. Billie uses her contact within this area to provide guest lecturers to the students, and the module incorporates Problem Based Learning into its assessment design, having students go out and conduct their own independent research into the industry.
In addition to her teaching and course running experiences, Billie has lengthy experience of involvement in sensitive research of an ethnographic and interview based nature with indoor and outdoor based sex workers, lone parents, benefit claimants and people with disabilities. She has served on the Cornton Vale Independent Monitoring Board in Scotland and currently acts as a mentor for ex-offenders in the Yorkshire community. Billie’s research ethos is very much about empowering research participants and as such she seeks to design any research she is involved in in a way which best showcases the voices of those researched. Billie has experience of working with sex workers on a participatory action basis which she did whilst working in partnership with the Terrence Higgins Trust at Swansea University. Billie is well suited to design and conduct research involving vulnerable groups. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Billie led a three-year longitudinal research project funded by The Scottish Government into the lived impact of welfare reform.
Billie is currently involved in the organisation of the Leeds Beckett Prison Research Network, where she has recently started a student society for students specifically interested in Prisons and Penology. The society acts as a learning community for students to support each other outside of class time.
Billie’s enthusiasm for students and teaching quality is reflected in her awards in the annual Leeds Beckett Student Golden Robes initiative, an opportunity for students to nominate their preferred members of staff. To date Billie has obtained certificates for Postgraduate supervisor of the year 2015 and 2016, and Undergraduate supervisor of the year 2016. Always looking to expand on her teaching skills, Billie is currently undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and she recently acquired Assistant Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Billie is also pleased to supervise the Ph.D study of Gemma Ahearne in collaboration with Dr Katy Day and Professor Bridgette Rickett.