Dr Alice Mills

MscEcon , PhD

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Senior Lecturer


After studying for my PhD at Cardiff University, I became a Lecturer in Criminology and a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Auckland in 2011

Research | Current

  • Housing for people leaving prison and its relationship with recidivism
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and criminal justice
  • Prisoner reintegration and prisoners' families
  • Specialist and problem-solving courts 
  • Housing for vulnerable populations

My current research examines the potential relationship between stable housing and re-offending amongst people leaving prison. This is a three-year project which is funded by the prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund.

My previous research has examined the role of third sector organisations or non-governmental organisations (NGOs)  in criminal justice in New Zealand. I have already completed a two-year project on the role of the third sector in criminal justice in the UK (with Dr Rosie Meek (Royal Holloway London) and Dr Dina Gojkovic (University of Southampton)), as part of the Third Sector Research Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Along with Dr Anthea Hucklesby (University of Leeds) and Dr Mary Corcoran (Keele University), I established an ESRC-funded seminar series on the Third Sector in Criminal Justice. The series ran from Feb 2011 to June 2012. Further details of the seminars can be found here: 
My research interests also encompass various aspects of prisons and imprisonment, particularly mental health and coping in prison. My previous research in this area includes the National Evaluation of Prison Mental Health In-Reach Services in England and Wales and a pilot study examining prisoners’ satisfaction and adherence with antipsychotic medication. I have recently published an edited collection, Mental Health in Prisons: Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement, with Dr Kathleen Kendall (University of Southampton, UK).

I have also been involved in research and consultancy on prisoner reintegration and the role of prisoners’ families in encouraging desistance from crime, including the Social Exclusion Unit’s report into Reducing Re-Offending by Ex-Prisoners.

I would be interested in supervising research students in any of the following areas: Prisons and imprisonment, non-governmental organisations and provision of public services, therapeutic jurisprudence and problem solving courts, mental health in prisons, gender, crime and criminal justice, reintegration and desistance from crime,housing and marginalised populations, the role and importance of prisoners’ family relationships, and qualitative and mixed methods research.

Teaching | Current

CRIM 301 Issues in Criminal Justice

CRIM 303 Gender, Crime and Justice



Winner of Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize for best conference paper at the Voluntary Sector Studies Network/National Council for Voluntary Organisations Annual Research Conference, University of Leeds, 6-7th September 2010 for Mills, A., Meek, R. and Gojkovic, D.Exploring the Relationship between the Voluntary Sector and the State in Criminal Justice.


Faculty Ethics Advisor

Postgraduate Advisor for Gender Studies

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member - University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Helminen, M., & Mills, A. (2019). Exploring Autonomy in the Finnish and New Zealand Penal Voluntary Sectors: The Relevance of Marketisation and Criminal Justice Policy Environments in Two Penal Voluntary Sector Organisations. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 58 (3), 404-429. 10.1111/hojo.12319
  • Mills, A., & Kendall, K. (2018). Mental Health in Prisons Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mills, A., & Kendall, K. (2018). Care Versus Custody: Challenges in the Provision of Prison Mental Healthcare. In A. Mills, K. Kendall (Eds.) Mental Health in Prisons: Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement (pp. 105-129). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1007/978-3-319-94090-8_5
  • Mills, A., & Thom, K. (2018). Family Violence Courts in New Zealand: 'Therapeutic' for Whom?. International Journal of Therapeutic Justice, 1, 49-80. Related URL.
  • Black, S. A., Kidd, J., Thom, K., Mills, A., McIntosh, T., & Quince, K. (2017). Researching Ngā Kōti Rangatahi - Youth Courts on Marae: Koia te Hangaitanga: That’s the right way?. The Ethnographic Edge, 1 (1), 33-45. 10.14663/tee.v1i1.18
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stella Black, Jacquie Kidd, Tracey McIntosh
  • Mills, A. (2017). The privatisation of criminal justice. In A. Deckert, R. Sarre (Eds.) The Palgrave handbook of Australian and New Zealand criminology, crime and justice (pp. 467-481). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mills, A., & Kendall, K. (2016). Mental health in prisons. In Y. Jewkes, B. Crewe, J. Bennett (Eds.) Handbook on prisons. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Mills, A., & Meek, R. (2016). Voluntary work in prisons: Providing services in the penal environment. In A. Hucklesby, M. Corcoran (Eds.) The voluntary sector and criminal justice (pp. 143-169). London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. 10.1057/9781137370679_7


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Primary office location

58 SYMONDS ST - Bldg 435
Level 6, Room 620
New Zealand

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