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Dr Beth Hardie

Dr Beth Hardie

Research Manager

Office Phone: 01223 767178


Beth Hardie graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Social and Political Sciences in 2004. She has an academic background in the social sciences with a focus on developmental and social psychology and criminology. Her research is grounded in an analytical approach that integrates individually and environmentally focused explanations of human behaviour, including crime. Dr Hardie was awarded a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in 2017. Her PhD research entitled 'Why monitoring doesn't always matter: The situational role of parental monitoring in adolescent crime' reflects a particular and critical interest in the data collection and analytical methodology required for the analysis of situational interaction (the interaction between people and settings) in action, and contributes to the development of the situational model of Situational Action Theory with regards parental monitoring.

Since 2004 Beth Hardie has been working under Professor P-O Wikström on the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+). She conducted the stand-alone 2005 Peterborough Community Survey, and went on to conduct many fieldwork interviews with the PADS+ participants. Since 2006, as the Research Manager of PADS+, Dr Hardie has been responsible for fieldwork staff and the collection, quality and management of PADS+ data, as well contributing to the development and application of the research instruments used and devised by PADS+. Her varied work since 2004 on this multi-method multi-level longitudinal study means she is experienced in developmental and social ecological research methods and analytical techniques, as well as the operational demands of running a world-class large-scale longitudinal research study. Dr Hardie is also responsible for the analysis and presentation of PADS+ spatial data using GIS, and the training of international collaborative and replica study staff.