Curriculum Vitae: Dr Shona Minson

(practised at the Bar as Shona Mulholland)


Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford  (January 2019 – current)

British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow

Project Title: A study of the effects of prisoner re-entry on children and their caregivers in England and Wales

Faculty of Law, University of Lancaster(March 2018 – December 2018)

Research Associate

Project Title: Evaluating the provision of family law advice to women in prison

Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford  (April 2017 – February 2018)

Research Associate (Funded by an Impact Acceleration Award from the Economic and Social Research Council)

Project Title: Designing Collaborative Training on Sentencing. Working with the Judicial College, Magistrates Association, HMPPS, National Probation Service, Law Society, Criminal Bar Association, Prison Reform Trust

Developed, scripted and presented the Safeguarding Children when Sentencing Mothers film series available online

Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford  (October 2012 –  January 2017)

Doctoral Student (funded by a Doctoral Studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council)

DPhil Thesis Title: ‘Who Cares: Analysing the place of dependent children in maternal sentencing decisions in England and Wales’available online

Department of Sociology, University of Surrey(2010-2012)

MSc Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research (Distinction)

[Career Break due to family caring responsibilities (2008-2010)]

Citizen’s Advice Bureau (2006-2007). Generalist Advisor

[Career Break due to maternity leave, during which time I undertook Family Mediation from time to time (2001-2005)]

Barrister and Family Mediator, 1 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London (1994-2000)

Practice: Criminal Defence: Private law family: Public law family

Tribunals: Magistrates, County, Crown and High Courts’ Mental Health Review Tribunals, Coroner’s Courts

Called to the Bar of England and Wales(Inner Temple) (1994)

Inns of Court School of Law(1993-1994)

St.Anne’s College, University of Oxford(1990-1993) BA (Hons) Jurisprudence



ESRC Outstanding Early Career Impact Award (July 2019)

University of Oxford, Vice Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award (July 2019)

O2RB Early Career Impact Champion(2018) – an award from the Social Sciences Divisions of the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Reading University and the Open University.

Research Council College Partnership Award (2012-2016) Wadham College, University of Oxford

John Sunley Prize (2013) A national prize from the Howard League for Penal Reform to celebrate excellence and impact of post graduate research into penal issues



Minson, S. (2018)  ‘The sins and traumas of fathers and mothers should not be visited on their children’: The Rights of Children when a Primary Carer is sentenced to Imprisonment in the Criminal Courts‘ in Condry,R. Smith, P.S. (ed.), Prisons, Punishment and the Family: Towards a new sociology of punishment ? Oxford: Oxford University Press

Minson, S. (2018)‘Direct harms and social consequences: An analysis of the impact of maternal imprisonment on dependent children in England and Wales’ , Criminology and Criminal Justice, online first 23/8/2018

Minson, S.(2018) Evidence on the sentencing of mothers provided to the All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into the sentencing of women. London.

Minson, S.(2017) ‘Who cares? Analysing the place of children in maternal sentencing decisions in England and Wales’University of Oxford, Doctoral Thesis, Open Access

Minson, S. (2017) Briefing Paper: The Impact of Maternal Imprisonment upon a Child’s Wellbeing and Their Relationship with Their Mother: Findings from ‘Who Cares? Analysing the Place of Children in Maternal Sentencing Decisions in England and Wales’, University of Oxford

The Sentencing of Parents of Dependent Children   Scottish Sentencing Council, presentation given in Edinburgh. 6th March 2017

Condry, R., Kotova, A., Minson, S.(2016) ‘Social Injustice and collateral damage: the families and children of prisoners’in Jewkes, Y., Bennett, J., Crewe, B. (ed). Handbook on Prisons, Routledge

Minson, S. (2015) ‘Sentencing and Dependents: Motherhood as Mitigation’ in J Roberts (ed), Exploring Sentencing Practice in England and Wales. Palgrave Macmillan

Sentencing of Mothers: Improving the sentencing process and outcomes for women with dependent children Prison Reform Trust

Minson, S., Condry, R. (2015), ‘The visibility of children whose mothers are being sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales’ 32 Law in Context 28

Minson, S. (2014) Mitigating Motherhood: A study of the impact of motherhood on sentencing decisions in England and Wales’The Howard League for Penal Reform