Dr Emma Cooke

Lecturer in Criminology
Dr Emma Cooke


Dr Cooke's recently completed PhD (2020), entitled: ‘The Changing Occupational Terrain of the Legal Aid Lawyer in times of Precariousness’, sought to utilise ethnographic methods and interviews to document first-hand both a fulsome picture of the occupational terrain of the legal aid lawyer, as well as the effects the cuts are having on it.

This study builds on her undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations that focused on the occupational culture of lawyers, predominantly within England.

Dr Cooke graduated in 2014 with a BA (Hons) First Class degree in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Kent, receiving the award for achieving the highest grades in Criminology. Dr Cooke then completed her Master's in Criminology with a semester abroad in New York, during which she applied for her PhD. She was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship to complete her PhD.

Since completing her PhD, Dr Cooke is currently working on a joint project in collaboration with two academics from Cardiff University, exploring the future of access to justice in a post-pandemic society, bringing to light the experience of those working within criminal, family and social welfare contexts.  

Research interests

  • Legal Aid
  • Austerity
  • Lawyering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Ethnography


Dr Cookoe teaches across all stages of the Criminology degree programmes.

This year she convenes two of the core Criminology modules at Stage One and Two:

  • SO305 Introduction to Criminology
  • and SO536 Criminal Justice in Modern Britain.  
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