Dr Sandra Scicluna

Dr Sandra Scicluna

Dr Sandra Scicluna

  B.A.(Melit.),B.A.(Hons)(Melit.),P.G.Dip.Probation Services(Melit.),M.Sc.(Leics.),Ph.D.(Leics.)

Senior Lecturer

Room 428
New Humanities Building
Block B
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2771
Dr Scicluna is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Criminology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing. Her Ph.D. research is called "Prisons in Malta". She has been lecturing and coordinating courses on a full-time basis at the Department of Criminology since 1998. Dr Scicluna lectures in the following areas: transnational crime, punishment, substance abuse, the world of corrections, dealing with foreign offenders and organised crime.

Holding a general B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology and an honours degree in Psychology with a thesis dealing with Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Dr Scicluna also holds a Master degree (obtained from Leicester University – UK) which dealt with the Need and Management of a Correctional Day Centre in Malta. Her Ph.D. work focused on the treatment of workers and offenders in the Maltese prison.

Dr Scicluna has past experience working as a Probation Officer and was elected as member of the CEP Board (an international board which promotes the treatment and the rehabilitation of offenders). She is also a member of the Police Academy Board and has acted as an assistant to prisoners on the Prison Appeals Tribunal. In addition, Dr Scicluna also acts as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs.
Dr Scicluna has produced and contributed to various publications on topics which include: corrections, probation, substance abuse, Third Country Nationals, domestic violence, the development of probation and prisons in Malta, parole and restorative justice.

Recent publications include a book on research and statistics, published by NSO, for undergraduate students. Dr Scicluna is also involved in EU projects. At present she is involved in Janus a project that aims at seeing the connection between crime, social welfare and landuse in Malta and Sicily. She is also the Malta co-ordinator for "Newbe", a project that aims at adopting social wellbeing and positive psychology when working with students, offenders, the aged and so on. Dr Scicluna is also involved in a COST action on Offender Supervision in Europe.
  • Probation
  • Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Justice

Azzopardi, J., Scicluna, S., Formosa Pace, J. & Formosa, S. 2013, "Policewomen and the Policing of Domestic Violence in the Centre of the Mediterranean", Sociology Mind, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 238-247.

Formosa, S., Scicluna, S. & Formosa Pace, J. 2012, "Foreigners in Maltese Prisons: Spanning the 150-year Divide", International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 2, no. 24, pp. 102-116.

Formosa, S., Scicluna, S., Azzopardi, J., Formosa Pace, J. & Calafato, T. 2011, The research road we make: Statistics for the uninitiated. , National Statistics Office Malta, Malta.

Scicluna, S. 2011, "The War Years in Corradino Civil Prison", Arkivju, , no. 2, pp. 21-30.

Scicluna, S., Formosa, S., Azzopardi, J. & Calafato, T. 2011, TCNs: The integration of Third Country Nationals in Europe, Malta University Press, Malta.

Azzopardi Cauchi, J., Formosa, S. & Scicluna, S. 2010, "Technological Enhancements to Sustainable Tourism." in Sustainable development strategy Dingli 2010., ed. M. Formosa, Dingli Local Council, Malta.

Scicluna, S. 2008, "Malta." in Probation in Europe, eds. A.M. Van Kalmthout & J.T.M. Derks, Wolf Legal Publications, The Netherlands., pp. 615-638.

Scicluna, S. & Knepper, P. 2008, "Prisoners of the sun: The British Empire and imprisonment in Malta in the early nineteenth century. ", The British Journal of Criminology, vol. 48, pp. 502-521.

Scicluna, S. 1997, Types of supervision and 'what works': A report., UNICRI, Rome.

  • CRI1011 - Community Based Sanctions
  • CRI2004 - Prison and Prisoners
  • CRI2013 - Criminology in Practice
  • CRI5002 - Research Methods
  • CRI5005 - Socio-Psychological Issues in the Criminal Justice System
  • CRM1014 - Criminal Investigation
  • CRM2020 - Key Issues: Drugs and Society
  • CRM5001 - Dynamics in Parole: Assessment and Interpersonal Concerns
  • CRM5002 - Dynamics in Probation: Interactivity and Counselling Concerns
  • CRM5005 - Probation and Other Forms of Community Based Alternatives
  • CRM5007 - Practical Placement
  • MRT5851 - Social Ministry in a Broken and Vulnerable World
  • PAT5753 - Forensic Medicine
  • SWB1001 - Foundations of Social Wellbeing
At present Dr Scicluna is involved in two EU financed programmes: Newbe (as the Malta co-ordinator) and Janus.
Newbe: Improving wellbeing by using Strength Based Approaches is a lifelong learning partnership between Belgium ( Centrum Voor Volwassenenonderwijs Hoger Instituut der Kempen - the co-ordiating institution); Italy (); Malta (Department of Criminology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta); The Netherlands (Hogeschool van Amsterdam and ARKIN); and Sweden (Gymnasieforvaltningen, Vanersborg). The aim of this project is to search for elements that can contribute to resilience as inspired by the work of Martin Seligman. Through collecting best practice examples through working with students, offenders, clients and other adults the partnership will seek to create a scheme of indicators of methods for positive psychology in order to increase wellbeing.
JANUS: The Spatial and Socio-Physical Faces of Crime – a hotspot approach to crime mitigation is an ISEC Programme 2009 Action Grants under the vote "PREVENTION OF AND FIGHT AGAINST CRIME“. This project is the result of a partnership between Malta (Department of Criminology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta) and Sicily (IT) (Associazione Nazionale Famiglie Emigranti: Delegazione Regionale Sicilia). The aim of this project is to identify how crime, social and landuse issues interact together in order to establish the issues that keep a society intact through social cohesion and build up social capital in order to reduce crime.