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Liz Curran

Liz Curran

Associate Professor, Nottingham Law School

Liz's research, evaluation, practice, and academic work leads to policy change, funding for community agencies & developments in good practice. Her work fosters organisational, collective, and individual reflective practice. Using evidence-based research she changes practice and policy to produce positive outcomes in service delivery and to address inequality. She teaches practical legal skills to prepare students for the realities and challenges ahead. She is supporting the capability of NLS in impactful research that makes a difference in the world aligned to the NTU strategic direction. She has had the following current or recent research contracts after successful funding bids: ‘Unmet Legal Need – Barriers and creative solutions to access to justice’ commissioned by the Consumer Panel of the Legal Services Board England and Wales. (January 2024- March 2024) NLS Legal (UK) (September 2022- July 2024) Bagaraybang bagaraybang mayinygalang (BBM): Empowering & Alleviating: A Health Justice Partnership on social, health & emotional well-being (Australia). (December 2022 – July 2025) NTU AHRC Scoping Social Justice Priorities in the UK – ‘Voices from the Frontline’ (2023) Upper Murray Family Care (2015-2022), NTU Evaluation Consultancies Australian Disability Law Centre Law for Life UK Her book 'Better Law for a Better World' (Routledge UK) examines evidence -based innovations & practical ways to improve justice, Liz has world expertise in multi-disciplinary practice and legal empowerment. She works alongside charities forging respectful & participatory collaborations and partnerships to support charities and different professions address inequality caused by barriers in access to justice and innovative models. She uses evidence-based participatory action research, practice, and reflection to ensure responsiveness and necessary changes in practice. She uses her expertise to enable improved service reach, creativity, innovation, and much needed funding to improve access to justice in a number of jurisdictions alongside policy reforms and legal empowerment strategies.