Caroline Andow

Dr Caroline Andow

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • BGB-501,
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Dr Caroline Andow is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Bournemouth University. She is the Programme Leader for the new BA (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree. Prior to this, Caroline was a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Winchester.

Caroline has studied broadly within the Social Sciences. In 2006 she achieved a first-class degree in Sociology from the University of Exeter. During her undergraduate studies, she was awarded two Dean’s commendations for outstanding achievement. Caroline then went on to achieve a Master's degree with distinction in Social Policy at the University of Southampton in 2010. In 2016, Caroline successfully defended her ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Southampton. In 2017, Caroline became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, having passed her Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education with distinction.

Caroline teaches on a range of topics in the Social Sciences, including qualitative research methodologies, ethnographies of crime and policing, youth justice and criminological psychology...



In her doctoral studies, Caroline undertook a substantial ethnographic study of everyday life inside a secure residential unit for children, and she is known for her work on this. She continues to research in this area and is now working with professional partners in the creation of a new model of secure residential care.

Journal Articles

  • Andow, C., 2024. ‘Am I supposed to be in a prison or a mental hospital?’ The nature and purpose of secure children's homes. Children and Society.
  • Andow, C., Kleipoedszus, S., Arthur, R., Dunn, R. and Wake, N., 2023. Re-imagining secure children’s home design to improve outcomes for children. Emerald Open Res, 5 (12).
  • Andow, C., 2020. The institutional shaping of children's educational experiences in secure custody: A case study of a secure children's home in England. International Journal of Educational Development, 77.
  • Andow, C., 2020. Outsider Inspections of Closed Institutions: An Insider Ethnographic View of Institutional Display. Sociological Research Online, 25 (4), 682-697.
  • Meyer, T., Bridgen, P. and Andow, C., 2013. Free movement? The impact of legislation, benefit generosity and wages on the pensions of european migrants. Population, Space and Place, 19 (6), 714-726.


  • Andow, C., 2018. Roles and relationships of care and education staff inside a secure children's home. Children and Their Education in Secure Accommodation: Interdisciplinary perspectives of education, health and youth justice. 61-74.

Internet Publications


  • Andow, C., 2016. Everyday life inside a Secure Children's Home: A Goffmanesque Analysis. PhD Thesis. University of Southampton, Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Ethnographies of Crime and Policing
  • Criminological Psychology


  • Perceptions and experiences of residential care workers in Secure Children’s Homes (SCHs) (Bournemouth University Prime Pump Faculty Funding, 01 Feb 2023). Awarded
  • Everyday life inside a Secure Children's Home: A Goffmanesque Analysis (Economic and Social Research Council, 01 Oct 2012). Completed