We are thrilled and privileged to be invited to evaluate the Twinning Project. By visiting the twinned clubs and prisons and speaking to those directly involved, we hope to gain an understanding of both the process and the outcomes of the initiative. As a result, we will be able to identify what works and how; and this will enable us to contribute to the success of the Twinning project both in prison and in the community. Ultimately, our research aims to help bring about positive change in the lives of prisoners in order to enhance their chances of being able to make a positive contribution on their release from prison. We hope the ripple effect of these changes will then be felt across individuals, families, and the wider community.
Christopher has worked in the School for Social Science and Humanities since 2017, having previously worked at Sheffield Hallam University.
The Twinning Project is uniquely placed to help Dr Newson investigate whether football-based interventions may help re-build the void in social support experienced by many ex-prisoners, leading to a reduction in re-offending. With longitudinal survey, interview, and database analyses, Dr Newson aims to address how one of the most powerful social identities in the UK – football – can effect meaningful, lasting changes to some of our most vulnerable and disenfranchised citizens.
Dr Martha Newson is a cognitive anthropologist based at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford. Her research centres on group bonding, ritual, and community.