Publications & Team

Current Research

Ali is working on a 30-month evaluation of the impact of restorative justice training provided to prison and probation staff. The training is being delivered by Restorative Solutions. The project (and the evaluation) has been funded by NOMS and the Monument Trust.

Ali is the researcher to a short-term parliamentary inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the youth court, which is being led by Lord Carlile. The study is supported by the Michael Sieff Foundation and the National Children's Bureau. The inquiry is due to conclude in Spring 2014.

Background and Expertise

Ali joined ICPR in 2012 having spent three years as a senior researcher at the think tank Centre for Social Justice. During her time at the CSJ, Ali led their policy work on youth justice, gangs, and children in care. She was also the lead researcher and author of the CSJ's two-year review of the youth justice system, which was published in January 2012. Ali has a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham (2008).

Ali is currently studying part-time for a PhD in criminology at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD is an ethnography of youth justice supervision and the role of the young person-worker relationships in facilitating desistance.

Ali's research interests include youth justice, particularly youth custody; restorative justice; and the role of relationships in facilitating desistance from crime.


The NOMS RJ Capacity Building Programme

An Evaluation of the ‘What Works Centre for Crime Reduction’ Year 1: Baseline

Independent Parliamentarians’ Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court

  • Author(s) Chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC; report prepared and drafted by Ali Wigzell
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationNational Children's Bureau
  • DownloadsYOUTH COURT REPORT - final version DK.pdf

Moving Beyond the ASBO? A review of the proposed anti-social behaviour measures and their implications for children

  • Author(s) Wigzell, A.
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2014
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationSafer Communities, 13 (2)

Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime Consultation – a response from the Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Time to Wake Up: tackling gangs one-year after the riots

  • Author(s) Crossley, A.
  • SubjectCriminal justice agencies and services
  • Year2012
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationCentre for Social Justice
  • DownloadsTime to Wake Up.pdf

Rules of Engagement: changing the heart of youth justice