A photo of Dana Norris

Graduate Teaching Fellow

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology



Dana completed a BA (Hons) in Criminology at Coventry University before completing an MRes in Criminological Research at the University of Liverpool. Her MRes dissertation drew on qualitative research with frontline workers from various sectors to understand their experiences of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on the gendered dimensions of these experiences. Dana has also been a researcher on a project that investigated deaths in psychiatric detention in England and Wales, in addition to previously researching and co-authoring journal articles about police-related deaths in the United States. She became a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the department in 2022.


Dana’s PhD research focuses on interagency responses to violence against women. It aims to better understand the process of Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) from the perspectives of both MARAC representatives and service users.

Thesis title

Working title: 'Everybody’s business?: Exploring the ‘black box’ of Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs)'



  • Baker, D., Norris, D., Newman, L., and Cherneva, V. (2023) ‘Organisational learning, or organised irresponsibility? Risk, opacity and lesson learning about mental health related deaths’, Health, Risk & Society, DOI: 10.1080/13698575.2023.2201292
  • Baker, D. and Norris, D. (2021) ‘Policing societies with firearms: evaluating the US and England and Wales.’ In Poole, H. and Sneddon, S. (eds) Firearms: Global perspectives on consequences, crime and control. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis, pp. 209-221.
  • Baker, D. and Norris, D. (2020) ‘Families’ Experiences of Deaths After Police Contact in the United States: Perceptions of Justice and Injustice’, International Criminal Justice Review, pp. 1-15.
  • Baker, D., Norris, D., and Cherneva, V. (2019) ‘Disenfranchised Grief and Families’ Experiences of Death After Police Contact in the United States’, OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, pp. 1-18.