Deborah Spring

Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Studies (Criminology)

Deborah Spring

I have been teaching sociology, criminology, psychology and criminology and child and family studies in a number of educational settings since I qualified with a degree in Sociology and Criminology and a master’s degree in Criminology in 2015. I developed a keen interest in many areas such as the family, mental wellbeing, crime issues and I have been involved in important research to human trafficking.

I took up my position as Senior Lecturer in Criminology in 2019 and enjoy adopting an enthusiastic and engaging approach to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The course units that I design and teach along with my research areas are deeply intertwined. I passionately believe that the realties of our contemporary world and its challenges and problems make sociology and criminology two of the most important areas to study within the social sciences.


  • MSc Applied Psychology - University of Bedfordshire (Current) 

  • MA Criminology - University of Bedfordshire
  • PGCE PCE - University of Bedfordshire
  • BA Criminology and Sociology - University of Bedfordshire

Teaching Expertise

  • Online mentoring tutor
  • Course leader for FdA Psychology and Crime
  • Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology
  • Lecturer in Child and Family Studies
  • Lecturer in units from level 1-3

Research Interests

  • Family
  • Discrimination and stigmatisation
  • Youth Justice
  • Crime
  • Policing and its impacts/effects


  • Vulnerability to human trafficking: A study of Vietnam, Albania, Nigeria and the UK (2018)

External Roles

  • Lecturer at Bedford College

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