Dr Nathan Harris is a Clinical Psychologist. Previously he has held appointments as a Lecturer at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Restorative justice; Moral emotions of shame, guilt and embarrassment; New regulatory approaches to child protection
- Restorative justice with a particular emphasis on exploring social dynamics within family group conferences that explain their apparent success. This research builds on reintegrative shaming theory to explore differences between conferences and courts in the way disapproval is expressed and the differences in emotions that are experienced.
- Moral emotions of shame, guilt and embarrassment, and in particular the dimensionality of these emotions, the social context in which they occur, their influence on decision-making, and their role in processes of conformity and influence.
- New regulatory approaches to child protection. He is currently working on an ARC funded project that explores the potential to use responsive regulation as a means to address child protection concerns through building local community capacity. This project explores the emotional reactivity of parents to interventions by child protection services and their impact on future capacity to care. The importance of institutions that are responsive to the good will of parents, build on care networks within communities, are reintegrative, and encourage positive emotional dynamics will be explored. Further information.