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Dr Linda Maguire

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Professional biography

Linda is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL) at the Open University. She is part of the CPRL team working on Bluestone 2, which builds on the high-profile pioneering pathfinder project, Operation Bluestone. Funded by the Home Office, this work focuses on creating a new methodology in policing, to explore barriers to the successful investigation of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO). Linda’s role in Bluestone 2 is exploring Police Officer wellbeing in the context of RASSO.

Linda has a strong portfolio of work in the criminal justice system (CJS), particularly engagement with UK military and veteran networks, focusing on veterans in the CJS. Specialising in qualitative research methods, she has a solid track record of designing, undertaking, analysing and reporting on research projects within a policing context.

Her previous role as a Senior Research Fellow in the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI) at Anglia Ruskin University explored initiatives to reduce recidivism among veteran offenders. She has led, or been part of, research and consultancy work to further understand the needs of Police Officers, case workers, veteran offenders and their families, in the context of veterans in the CJS. Linda has in-depth knowledge of the funding landscape for veteran research, with an extensive portfolio of income generation and publications, including two House of Commons Select Defence Committee Inquiries and a book chapter with NATO members. Linda was submitted to REF2021, Unit of Assessment 23, demonstrating significant research responsibility. She is lead author of the highly regarded VFI model of military-to-civilian transition.

Linda has worked on two nationwide CJS projects. Firstly, Project Nova, a support service for veterans in the CJS, who work in partnership with 19 Police forces across England. The work on Project Nova led to recommendations for the Police to consider more robust ways of gathering veteran information. Secondly, she led on a national audit of support for veterans in the CJS. The audit was undertaken in conjunction with HMPPS, to create a geographical map to chart the services available to veterans across the CJS continuum, from point of arrest to prison release. Her CJS work has resulted in numerous national and international academic journal articles and outputs, including an article in Policing Insight. She has given presentations at many conferences and has organised several large-scale impact events. Linda acts as a reviewer for international veteran and educational journals. Linda was lead author on the production of lay summaries for the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre on military topics known as ‘Snapshots’, to enable academic writing to reach a non-academic and third sector audience.


REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES (*Maguire, previously Cooper)

Black-Hawkins, K., Maguire, L., and Kershner, R., 2021. Developing inclusive classroom communities: what matters to children? International Journal of Early Years, Elementary and Primary Education. Education 3-13. DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2021.1873398.

Caddick, N., Godier-McBard, L., Cooper, L., and Fossey, M., 2020. Hierarchies of wounding: media framing of ‘combat’ and ‘non-combat’ injury. Media, War and Conflict. DOI: 10.1177/1750635219899110.

Cooper, L., Caddick, N., Godier, L., Cooper, A., and Fossey, M., 2018. Transition from the military into civilian life: an exploration of cultural competence. Armed Forces & Society. Vol 44, No 1, 156-177.

Laanapere, T., Truussa, T-T., and Cooper, L., 2018. Military legacy: use it or lose it? Sõjateadlane, Estonian Journal of Military Studies. No 6: p22-51.

Cooper, L., Caddick, N., Godier, L., Cooper, A., Fossey, M., and Engward, H., 2017. A model of military-to-civilian transition: Bourdieu in Action. Journal of Military, Veteran & Family Health. Vol 3, No 2, p53-60.

Cooper, L., 2017. The maternal gift: mothers’ investment in their daughters’ higher education. The Journal of Further and Higher Education. Vol 41, No 3, p328-339.

Wright, H., Cooper, L., and Luff, P., 2017. Women’s ways of working: circumventing the masculine structures that operate within the university. Women’s Studies International Forum. Vol 61, p123-131.

Cooper, L., Andrews, S., and Fossey, M., 2016. Educating nurses to care for military veterans in civilian hospitals: an integrated literature review. Special issue: Nurse Education Today. Vol 47, p68-73.

Rogers, C., and Cooper, L., 2015. Mothering and insider dilemmas: feminist sociologists in the research process. Sociological Research Online. Vol 20, No 2, p5-18.

Cooper, L., 2013. Women and higher education: narratives of middle class, mother-daughter dyads. Gender and Education. Vol 25, No 5, p624-639.

Kanyal, M., and Cooper, L., 2010. Young children’s perceptions of their school experience: a comparative study between England and India. Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences. Vol 2, No 2, p3605-3613.


Cooper, L., Caddick, N., Godier-McBard, L., Lewis, N., Harrison, K., and Fossey, M., 2019. The transition of military veterans from active service to military life: Chapter 6, Country Report: United Kingdom. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) STO Technical Report – HFM-RTG-263.

Fossey, M., Cooper, L., Caddick, N., Engward, H., and Godier-McBard, L., 2019. Military families’ health and wellbeing. Evidence submitted by the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research to the House of Commons Selected Defence Committee Inquiry.

Fossey, M., Godier, L., Caddick, N., Klein, S., Cooper, L., and Cooper, A., 2018. Armed Forces and veterans’ mental health. Evidence submitted by the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research to the House of Commons Selected Defence Committee Inquiry.

Cooper, L., and Fossey, M., 2018. Final consultancy report to SkillForce. The SkillForce Veterans’ Programme.

Cooper, L., and Fossey, M., 2017. Final consultancy report to Barnardo’s Cymru – Barnardo’s Families of Veterans Support Service.

Cooper, L., Jones, M., and Fossey, M., 2018 [Online]. National audit of support for veterans in the criminal justice system: a report for Cobseo for the Cobseo Criminal Justice Cluster Group. Organisational delivery map available at:

Fossey, M., Cooper, L., Godier, L., and Cooper, A., 2017 [Online]. Final report – Project Nova: a pilot study to support veterans in the criminal justice system. Available at:



Cooper, L., 2020. From defender to offender: ex-military re-joining civilian society. In: Wright, H., and Høyen, M. (Eds). Discourses we live by: narratives of educational and social endeavour. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.

Fossey, M., Cooper, L., and Raid, K., 2018. The impact of transition on families: the role of the family, support and recognition. In: Castro, C., Dursun, S., and Harrison, K. (Eds). The transition of military veterans from active service to military life (NATO publication). London: Elsevier.

Cooper, L., 2014. Using interviews to help children talk about their school experience. In: Kanyal, M., (Ed). Children’s rights 0-8: promoting participation in education and care. Abingdon: Routledge.

Cooper, L., and Gibbs, J., 2014. Challenges to participatory approaches in early years practice. In: Kanyal, M., (Ed). Children’s rights 0-8: promoting participation in education and care. Abingdon: Routledge.

Cooper, L. and Kanyal, M., 2014. Using questionnaires with children. In: Kanyal, M., (Ed). Children’s rights 0-8: promoting participation in education and care. Abingdon: Routledge.

Kanyal, M., and Cooper, L., 2012. Young children’s perceptions of their classroom environment: perspectives from England and India. In: Papatheodorou, T., and Moyles, J. Cross-cultural perspectives on early childhood. London: Sage.



Cooper, L., 2014. Extended mothering: maternal influences in daughters’ higher education. PhD thesis, Anglia Ruskin University, Essex.



Cooper, L., 2018/2019 [Online]. ‘Snapshots’: lay summaries of key themes in military research. CJS, Families and Education Snapshots available at:

Cooper, L., 2017 [Online]. Project Nova: looking after the needs of veterans in custody. Policing Insight. Available at:

Cooper, L., 2015. Notice of doctoral theses – Extended mothering: maternal influences in daughters’ higher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education. Vol 36, No 2.

Cooper, L., 2012. Experiences as a doctoral researcher. British Educational Research Association. Research Intelligence. Spring Issue 117, p15.



Maguire, L., 2021. Developing inclusive classroom communities: children’s perspectives. University of Northampton Annual Research Conference. Online: 18 June 2021.

Cooper, L., and Downie, I., 2018. National audit for veterans in the criminal justice system. Network for ex-Service personnel Legacy Conference. London: 14 June 2018.

Cooper, L., Caddick, N., and Fossey, M., 2017. Presentation of the Model of Transition in Veterans (MoTiVe) to the Ministry of Defence. Ministry of Defence. London: 13 November 2017.

Cooper, L., 2016. Educating nurses to care for military veterans in civilian hospitals. Nurse Education Today Conference. University of Cambridge: 6 September 2016.

Cooper, L., 2015. Project Nova: veterans in the criminal justice system. International Military Veterans Conference. University of Central Lancashire: 2 October 2015.

Black Hawkins, K., Cooper, L., and Kershner, R., 2014. The BUILD project: understanding diversity and belonging in primary classrooms. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference. Institute of Education: 23 September 2014.



Research interests

Linda uses a narrative inquiry approach and her main research areas include wellbeing support for Police Officers, veterans in the CJS, exploring wellbeing for case workers, victims and offenders, understanding drivers of offending to reduce recidivism, point of arrest interventions, rehabilitation of offenders and restorative justice.

Teaching interests

Linda has taught on PhD, DProf, EdD, MSc and MA researcher developer programmes. Linda has supervised at PhD level to completion and has chaired numerous viva voce examinations. Linda’s early research career was in Education. She was Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in BA Education and Childhood Studies at Anglia Ruskin University. Her first research post was a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research profile includes a publication portfolio exploring access and barriers in primary and tertiary educational settings.

Impact and engagement

Linda has worked on several projects with practical and academic impact. The current research project Bluestone 2 is leading on from Project Bluestone, which is receiving high levels of media coverage and will continue to do so over 2021-2023 - this project has the opportunity to change the nature of police investigations of rape and sexual assault.

External collaborations

Linda’s work in the CJS has built exceptional working relationships, including collaborations with colleagues in the Police, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Defence.

She is an Advisory Board member for the Student Veterans in Transition project, Aarhus University, Denmark (current) and for previous projects she has been a member of the Essex region Society for Evidence Based Policing and the Essex Civilian and Military Partnership Board. For other completed projects she was on Barnardo’s Expert Steering Group for their Veterans in Custody Scheme and a member of the veteran specific CJS group, the Cobseo CJS cluster.

Linda has collaborated with many colleagues in educational contexts, including the University of Cambridge, the University of Tartu, Estonia, the Service Children’s Progression Alliance (SCiP), the East Midlands Doctoral Researcher Network and the Midlands Researcher Development Forum.


Understanding Factors Associated with Burnout Symptoms amongst Investigators working on Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) investigations in England and Wales (2023)
Sondhi, Arun; Harding, Richard; Maguire, Linda and Williams, Emma
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 17 ((Early Access))

Stress-related psychosocial risk factors among police officers working on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (2022)
Maguire, Linda and Sondhi, Arun
The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles ((Early access))