The Society awards the following prizes:
British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award
Criminology Book Prize
The Brian Williams Prize
The National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology
Post-graduate Research Poster Prize
British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award 2013
The award is intended to celebrate outstanding contributions made to the discipline by members of the BSC.
The specific criteria for the prize are:
• An ’outstanding achievement’ may be constituted in one of two ways:
o by one or more singular outstanding contributions – books, articles, reports, lectures, public activities, etc, or
o in aggregation: i.e. through the production over time of a significant body of work which amounts in total to an outstanding achievement, or a sustained contribution to enhancing the discipline’s interests on the national or international stage.
• Recipients of the prize should be members of the BSC as should nominators
• The prize is open to academics and practitioners in criminology and criminal justice, and cognate fields
• Nominations should be by way of a letter of nomination up to 1000 words long containing the following information:
o The name and full contact details of the nominee
o A brief summary of the candidate’s criminological accomplishments for which nomination is being made
o Details of key publication(s) supporting the nomination
o A description of the impact of the candidate’s work on the field
• Serving members of the EC are not eligible to be nominated for the prize.
• The winner will be decided by majority vote of members of the Executive Committee in the meeting before the AGM.
• Letters of nomination should be sent to Nic Groombridge (email@example.com), Chair of the Prizes Committee, by 8 April 2013.
British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award 2012
As his nominator, Pat Carlen said:
Jock Young has produced, over time, a significant body of work which amounts to an outstanding achievement and a sustained contribution to the enhancement of British criminology and the discipline of criminology internationally. His achievement is twofold: he has contributed massively to theoretical criminology at a world-wide level; and, has also made an outstanding contribution to policy issues and the promotion of the discipline. No other living British criminologist has contributed so many varied concepts and perspectives which have become integrated into the international canon of theoretical criminology. The concept of ‘moral panic’ (developed jointly with Stanley Cohen in the 1960’s) is one of the few criminological concepts to have been adopted for general use beyond academia, while the radical perspective of The New Criminology (with Taylor and Walton) revolutionised the criminology of the 1970’s and in so doing received global acclaim. Young’s more recent books, The Exclusive Society (1999) The Vertigo of Late Modernity (2007) and The Criminological Imagination (2011) have received plaudits from a range of criminologists: Bauman calls the Exclusive Society ‘a tour de force’; Carlen wrote in Theoretical Criminology that ‘not to have read The Vertigo of Late Modernity would have been to miss out on one of the most intoxicating social commentaries of the Age’; and Wacquant (cover of The Criminological Imagination ) praises ‘A clever and consequential book’.
Young has not only been one of the foremost exponents of scholarly and critical criminology, he has also subjected his own theoretical writings to constant critique, never engaging in the methodological parochialism and protectionism which characterises less innovative work. At the same time, he has also never engaged in theorising and critique for their own sake; his theoretical work has informed both the analyses of many other criminologists and his own varied and fertile empirical researches into drug-users, mass media, abortion campaigns, democratic policing, crime victims, immigration, racism, urban cultures of poverty, developing cultures of crime, critique and politics and the culture of crime in late modernity. He is a very public criminologist.
Tirelessly active in promoting criminology, Young conducted 1980s research into crime victimisation in several London Boroughs, into policing in Liverpool, and acted in a formal advisory capacity to London’s Metropolitan Police Authority. He was one of the first to argue for taking victims seriously. A founder of The National Deviancy Symposium which reinvigorated British criminology; Young was also a founder of the MA in Criminology at Middlesex University which for years provided the only part-time course in criminology for graduates and graduate criminal justice practitioners. Later he played a major role in inaugurating the Common Study Programme in Criminology, involving 9 European partners.
Widely read, erudite and scholarly, an innovative theorist, compelling teacher and always an active player in penal politics, Jock Young is, in my opinion, the complete criminologist. The following tribute from a younger colleague both summarises and bears witness to the enduring vigour and charisma of this giant of modern British and international criminology:
For as long as most of us can remember, Jock Young has been a leading light in radical criminology and the sociology of deviance. In the 40 years since his classic study of The Drugtakers…, he has consistently commanded attention with a series of books and articles whose influence has been felt wherever criminology is taught. In Britain in the 1970s, it was…The New Criminology and Critical Criminology that …drew me and many of my generation into criminology… More than three decades later, doctoral students in my sociology department at New York University still travel across town to take Jock Young’s classes and acquaint themselves with his distinctive account of what it means to do criminology. (David Garland, BJC 2012, January)
1971 The Drugtakers: The Social Meaning of Drug Use, London:McGibbon and Kee
1973 The New Criminology (with I Taylor and P Walton) London:RKP
1973 The Manufacture of News (ed. With S. Cohen) London: Constable
1975 Critical Criminology. (ed. with I Taylor and P Walton) London: RKP
1976 Abortion in Demand, (with V Greenwood) London: Pluto
1984 What is to be Done About Law and Order? with J Lea. London:Penguin
1986 Confronting Crime (ed. with R Matthews). London: Sage
1999 The Exclusive Society: Social Exclusion, Crime and Difference in Late Modernity London: Sage.
2007 The Vertigo of Late Modernity. London: Sage
2008 Cultural Criminology: An Invitation (with J. Ferrell and K. Hayward) London: Sage
2011 The Criminological Imagination. Cambridge: Polity
1998 Sellin-Glueck Award for Distinguished International Scholar, American Society of Criminology
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, Critical Criminology Division, American Society of Criminology
2009 Distinguished Book Award, Division of Critical Criminology, American Society of Criminology for Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, (co-authored with Jeff Ferrell and Keith Hayward )
2010 Certificate of Recognition on the Occasion of the ‘Salute to Scholars’ in Honor of Outstanding Scholarly Achievements and Contributions to the Creation and Transmittal of Knowledge, City University of New York,.
Invited lectures delivered in 14 countries.
Writings translated into 11 languages in 15 countries
Previous Winners are:
2011: Robert Reiner
2010: Pat Carlen
2009: Stanley Cohen
Criminology Book Prize 2013 (sponsored by Routledge Publishing www.routledge.com/criminology)
We are pleased to announce the opening of the Criminology Book Prize 2013.
Nominations are invited from members of the British Society of Criminology and publishers for the Criminology Book Prize 2012. The prize was established in 2001 originally sponsored by Willan Publishing and continues to reflect the desire of the British Society of Criminology and Routledge, to encourage and recognise the achievements of new or aspiring members of the criminology profession. The prize, £100 of books from the Routledge Publishing list - including Willan titles - and £500 in cash, will be awarded at the British Society of Criminology Conference 2013, to be held from 2 - 4 July at the University of Wolverhampton.
The judging panel will be looking for a book which shows evidence of particular distinction and/or innovation in methodology or theorising in the general field of criminology, or in the application of criminological theory or research to crime policy or penal practice. In essence the winning book must make a valuable contribution to the further development of criminology. We particularly welcome nominations from authors in the early years of their academic/research careers.
The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:
• The publication date printed in the book must be between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2012;
• The nominated book must be the author’s first sole-authored book;
• The nominated book should be directly concerned with the subject area of criminology;
• Authors may self-nominate;
• Nominated authors, proposers and seconders must be members of the British Society of Criminology;
• Nominations must be submitted to Nic Groombridge (firstname.lastname@example.org). They should include the nominee’s BSC membership number and a brief CV plus three copies of the nominated book (to be supplied by the publisher)
All nominations and copies of the book should be sent to Nic Groombridge by 1st March 2013.
The 2012 Criminology Book Prize was awarded to Elizabeth Carter for Analysing Police Interviews Laughter, Confessions and the Tape Continuum.
This book uses transcripts from real UK police interviews, investigating previously unexplored and under-explored areas of the process. It illustrates the way in which police and suspects use language and sounds to inform, persuade and communicate with each other. It also looks closely at how interactional tools such as laughter can be used to sidestep the legal boundaries of this setting without sanction.
The work reveals the delicate balance between institutional and conversational talk, the composition and maintenance of roles and the conflicts between the rules of interaction and law. The analyses offer detailed insights into the reality behind the myth and mystique of police interviews and contain findings which have the potential to inform and advance evidence-based police interview training and practice.
Previous winners are:
2011: Catherine Appleton Life after Life Imprisonment
2010: Sharon Shalev Supermax
2009: Joint winners
David A. Green When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture
Louise Mallinder Amnesty, Human Rights and Political Transitions: Bridging the Peace and Justice Divide
2008: Anne-Marie McAlinden The Shaming of Sexual Offenders: Risk, Retribution and Reintegration
2007: Mercedes Hinton The State on the Streets: Police and Politics in Argentina and Brazil
2006: Simon Mackenzie Going, Going, Gone: Regulating the market in illicit antiquities
2005: Laura Piacentini Surviving Russian Prisons
2004: Declan Roche Accountability in Restorative Justice
2003: Mike McCahill The Surveillance Web
2002: Kieran McAvoy Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern Ireland: Resistance, Management, and Release
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The Brian Williams Prize 2013
The Brian Williams Prize was established to honour the memory of Dr. Brian Williams, who was Professor of Community Justice and Victimology at De Montfort University, and who died tragically in 2007. The prize reflects the desire of the British Society of Criminology to encourage and recognise the achievements of new members of the criminology profession, and is awarded to the author of a criminological article, who is a “new” scholar, published in a refereed academic journal.
Nominations are invited from members of the British Society of Criminology for the Brian Williams Prize 2013. The prize will be awarded to the author of a criminological article, who is a “new” scholar, published in a refereed academic journal during 2011, adjudged by the judging panel to meet the criteria for the award and to be the best such article published in that year (see below for detailed eligibility criteria). The Society reserves the right not to make the award if the judging panel considers that no nominated article is of sufficient merit to warrant the award. The prize, £250 in cash, will be awarded at the BSC Conference 2013.
The judging panel will be looking for a journal article which shows evidence of particular distinction and/or innovation in methodology or theorising in the general field of criminology, or in the application of criminological theory or research to crime policy or penal practice. In essence the winning article must make a valuable contribution to the further development of criminology.
The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:
- The nominated article must be sole-authored, and have been published in a refereed journal between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2012.
- The author of the article must currently hold a teaching or research position at a university or other higher education institution, and must be within five years of his or her first appointment to any such position*
- Nominated article should be directly concerned with the subject area of criminology.
- Authors may self-nominate. Others may nominate with the permission of the author.
- Nominated authors and other nominators must be members of the BSC and ordinarily resident in the UK.
(* The BSC emphasises that eligibility for this prize is intended to be limited to those who hold an academic post and are in the earliest stages of an academic career. If you have any doubt about your eligibility, or wish to discuss any other aspect of the prize, please contact the organiser for advice.)
Nomination forms can be obtained from Nic Groombridge (email@example.com). They should include the nominee’s BSC membership number and a one page CV plus a PDF version of the nominated article.
All nominations and copies of the article should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday 5th April 2013.
The Brian Williams Prize 2012 was awarded to Iain Brennan’s ‘In Vino Silentium? Individual Situational and Alcohol Related’ Violence and Victims, 26, 191–207
Previous Winners are:
2011: Cheryl Lawther of St Andrew’s University for “‘'Securing’ the past: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland” published in BRIT. J. CRIMINOL. (2010) 50, 455–473.
2010: No award
2009: Helen Wells The Techno-Fix Versus The Fair Cop: Procedural (In) Justice And Automated Speed Limit Enforcement British Journal of Criminology
2008: Joint winners
Claire Dwyer ‘Risk, Politics and ‘scientification’ of political judgement’, British Journal of Criminology
Stephen Case “Questioning the ‘evidence’ of risk that underpins evidence-led youth justice interventions Youth Justice (Vol 7 (2), 91-106)
The National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology 2013
Applications for the National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology 2013 are now open. This award is intended to highlight and celebrate the best practice in teaching criminology across HEIs in the UK. The criteria for nominations for this award are informed by the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ukpsf
Submissions - full application details
This is an open competition. Individuals and teams are invited to nominate themselves for the award. Each nomination must be accompanied by a covering letter, countersigned by the Head of Department/Head of Learning and Teaching (or equivalent), together with a short overview of no more than 2000 words explaining the learning experience and how the criteria are met. Supporting evidence is also required and this can be in the form of statements from a colleague, peer review report, external examiner report or student feedback/comments.
In order to make the award available to those teaching criminology across the academy, eligibility for the award is not restricted to BSC members but nominations from non-members will have to be accompanied by a letter of support from a BSC member and the award winner will be encouraged to become a member prior to the presentation of the prize.
Entries should be submitted by 14th January 2013 to Dr Liz Frondigoun by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 - Awarded to the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea University for their undergraduate programme and Dr Giles Barrett of Liverpool John Moores received a commended award for his work on internationalising the curriculum. Each of these award winners demonstrated alignment to the UK Professional Standards Framework (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ukpsf ) and it was evident that their students both inform, and are informed by, the learning experiences developed with each institution.
2011 - Criminology teaching group, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, at the University of Kent, with a ‘highly commended’ award going to the Open University .
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Post-graduate Research Posters and Poster Prize 2012
The British Society of Criminology (BSC) Post-Graduate (PG) Committee and colleagues responded to feedback regarding calls for a research poster exhibition for post-graduate students to be displayed at the BSC PG conference. It was also agreed to award a prize (book tokens) to the winning entry, which would be judging by the BSC PG Committee and an external reviewer.
The judges are the Chair of the PG Committee, a colleague and fellow BSC member at the conference as an ‘external reviewer’ and also from Charlotte Harris, BSC Executive Director, whose role was to ratify the decision.
The key criteria are:
Visual impact and creative use of poster space
Content – clear indication of the research question/conclusions from data (depending on the stage of the research)
Research topic – originality of the research and contribution to the field.
The winning entry was Linda Asquith's (University of Huddersfield), entitled ‘Playing the Game: Life After Genocide’, illustrates the beginnings of Linda’s research analysis for her PhD, which focuses on survivors of genocide who have migrated to the UK and explores the strategies that they have used to rebuild their lives. It accompanied a verbal presentation given at the conference. Linda’s poster presented the research in the form of a ‘snakes and ladders’ layout to demonstrate the stages and challenge, which victims of genocide arriving in the UK need to go through to survive and build a new life. The poster was innovative in its design whilst the content clearly highlighted the challenges and difficulties faced by victims of genocide and how the state aims to support them. This was judged to be a significant contribution to research, looking at a particularly vulnerable group and to be a particularly effective way for Linda to present her research findings.
The poster prize was kindly provided by Sage Publishers, in the form of a £75 book voucher.
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