The British Society of Criminology has chosen a number of International Ambassadors whose role is to help us to maintain close links with the international criminological community, and promulgate the work of the BSC and its members overseas. They assist in fostering relationships with other organisations and can be a first port of call for those visiting, studying in, moving to, or conducting research in their locale.
If you make contact with an International Ambassador, please let them know you found their details here.
Sandra Lee Browning
Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, USA.
Personal message: It is a great honor and privilege to be an International Ambassador for the BSC. A word or two about me. I am an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. I am an American Sociological Association and an American Society of Criminology Minority Fellow. I am also an active member in the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Southern Sociological Society. Throughout the various organizations, I’ve severed on several committees most notably as chairperson of the Affirmative Action Committee for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and a committee member for the Society for the Study of Social Problems, C. Wright Mills Award. At the University of Cincinnati, I’m an affiliate in the Department of Women’s Studies as well as a union representative for the American Association of University Professors – University of Cincinnati Chapter. I’ve published on the impact of race on attitudes toward crime and justice, as well as the impact of incarceration on marriage and the family. My current research interests are in the areas of crime and the underclass, the institutionalization of black males, and the role of race in shaping views of the criminal justice system. For the School of Criminal Justice, I teach a variety of different courses including, Law and Social Control, Race, Class and Crime, Women and Crime, and a Teaching Practicum course where I prepare our doctoral students for the joys and challenges of teaching. I’m looking forward to serving the BSC.
Recent activities: Recently, I’ve been investigating the causes and cost of the high recidivism rate in the US.
Department of Urban Planning and Built Environment, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
Personal message: I am interested in how different spaces relate to people’s daily interactions, some leading to crime. My current research activity is in the area of space-time dynamics of crime and people’s routine activity and includes projects in transit safety, housing and community safety, rural crime, gendered and intersectionality in safety issues. I have published in international journals, mostly in Criminology, Geography and Urban Planning and I am the author of Rural crime and community safety (2015, Routledge), Moving Safely, Crime and perceived safety in Stockholm’s subways stations (2013) and the editor of The urban fabric of crime and fear (2012) and co-editor of Safety and Security in Transit Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2015, Palgrave) with Andrew Newton. I was born in the Brazilian countryside and migrated to Sweden in mid 1990s, where I was awarded my PhD and later, my docentship. I treasure five years of my life I spent in the UK as post-doc candidate. My family lives in both sides of the Atlantic, Sweden and Brazil. I’m delighted to be representing the BSC through the role of International Ambassador and if I can help you in this capacity please contact me.
Recent activities: Panel discussion on Crosstalks on the Global Decline of Crime: Global crime is declining but have we created a safer world?
Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, China.
Personal message: I was appointed as Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences since August 2014. Previously, I taught social work, criminology and law at the University of Exeter (UK), University of Queensland (Australia), The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. My primary fields of research are in youth justice social work and Asian criminology broadly defined. To be more specific, my current research interest lies in two areas, namely young people in conflict with the law and Chinese criminal justice. I am known regionally and internationally as a youth justice and social work researcher. In recent years, I have successfully tested and extended the application of western theories of delinquency (including social bonds theory, self-control theory) to the Chinese context; and this research has challenged traditional understandings and false assumptions about various aspects of criminal justice in Hong Kong. Two of my recent publications are: Responding to Youth Crime in Hong Kong: Penal Elitism, Legitimacy and Citizenship (2014) and Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong (2nd ed., 2016). I was the managing editor and book review editor of the Asian Journal of Criminology, and I serve on the editorial board of a number of academic journals including the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (SSCI), Australian Social Work (SSCI), Child & Family Social Work (SSCI), Social and Public Policy Review, International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work. Last but not least, I am interested in exploring possible research collaboration with prospective doctoral students and criminal justice researchers around the world!
Recent activities: Study on Youth Violence and its Intervention, Social Welfare Development Fund, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Enhancement of Service for Elderly Ex-offenders, Social Welfare Development Fund, The Society for Community Organization.
Professor of Criminology, Raksha Shakti University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and President, South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV), India.
Personal message: Though I have many interests in the field of Criminology, I am presently contributing more to the fields of Cyber Criminology and Victimology. I am the Founder of the academic discipline ‘Cyber Criminology’ (founded 2007) and Perspective ‘Cyber Victimology (created 2015). In 2013, I won the prestigious “National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) – SCOPUS Young Scientist Award 2012 – Social Sciences” in a stiff competition. The Key notes given by the panellists in support of my award were: ‘Pioneering and collaborative research work, Clarity and grasp on the subject work domain and high awareness of related contemporary issues.’ My first direct interaction with the members of BSC was in 2009, while I was a Commonwealth Fellow at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds. Also, as the founding President of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) (founded 2009 www.sascv.org), I had the privilege to interact with many of the members of the BSC and their response and support to SASCV was very impressive. In addition, as the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of two international open access journals i.e., International Journal of Cyber Criminology (founded 2007 www.cybercrimejournal.com) and International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences (founded 2006 www.ijcjs.co.nr), I always received great support from BSC members as either members of the Editorial Advisory Board or peer reviewers. I deem it a great honour to be an International Ambassador of BSC. As an International Ambassador of BSC, I sincerely believe to enhance my collaborations with British Academia and will try to take the BSC’s principles to my international networks. To know more about me and my works, please visit www.drjaishankar.co.nr
Recent activities: Keynote Speaker at the 15th World Society of Victimology Symposium held during 5– 9, May 2015, at Perth, Australia.
Dean and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University Newark, USA.
Personal message: As an American who worked for over fifteen years in British criminology, I am often asked how US and British versions of criminology differ from one another. Certainly, there are differences in the way that academic life is structured in the two countries. I will always remember Richard Wright’s advice to me when I considered moving from the US to the UK. He said, although American academics have a much better standard of living, British academics have a higher quality of life. I can certainly concur with both of those observations. American salaries often nearly double that of their British equivalents, but the British have a good bit more fun with pub-based philosophical debates that can carry on to the wee hours. I think this might be related to the difference I find in the substance of British and American criminology as well. Although neither one is better than the other, British criminology is far more questioning, filled with self-doubt, and existential angst than it American counterpart. On the one hand, American criminology is great because we “just get on with things” and produce the most innovative and sophisticated science of crime and justice, internationally. On the other, British criminology is great because we ask big questions about every step of the research process: What is crime? What is justice? What is science? To me, the perfect criminology is one that combines that American pragmatism with the philosophical rigor of the British and more European models of criminology. But, then, I would say that.
Recent activities: Video of ESRC-funded research into how offenders move away from crime and the impact on the practice of offender rehabilitation in the UK and beyond.
Professor of Criminology and Head of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security, at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Personal message: I have been teaching criminology since 1992 which I believe is a great privilege. My study visits to the universities in the UK have always been a great experience. I was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge in 1995, 2001 and 2010-2014, and at the Centre for Criminology in Oxford in 1996 and 1999 which helped me to improve my criminological knowledge and ability to do a comparative criminological research. I also enjoyed a status of Honorary visiting fellow at the Department of Criminology, University of Leiester (2005-2008). One of the most important student exchange projects I have been involved in was a project between EU and Australia (2006-2009) headed by Susanne Karstedt (Keele University) and Richard Wortley (Griffith University ). In addition to teaching in Slovene, have enjoyed working with the Erasmus exchange students and mentored several diligent masters and doctoral students in English in the last decade. I have recently co-edited ‘Handbook on Policing in Central and Eastern Europe’ (Springer, 2013) and ‘Trust and Legitimacy in Criminal Justice: European Perspectives’ (Springer, 2015). I have also been a guest editor of Policing – An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management (2009), the Prison Journal (2011) and Crime, Law and Social Change (2013). In addition, I have recently participated in European research projects on local safety and security (EEMUS and URBIS) and juvenile delinquency (YOUPREV). All these projects have been a great opportunity to learn about research practices in other academic and professional cultures. I’m very happy to be representing the BSC through the role of International Ambassador and if I can help you in this capacity please contact me.
Recent activities: A visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge, UK (2010-2014) – a partner in studies on situational action theory (PADS+) and legitimacy of criminal justice. My current research activity is in the area of local crime prevention with the emphasis on perception of crime and self-reported delinquency (situational action theory). I am also responsible for a doctoral programme in criminal justice and security at the University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Graduate School of Business & Law RMIT University, Australia.
Personal message: I am delighted to be an International Ambassador for the BSC. I am a Professor in the Graduate School of Business & Law RMIT University and was formerly in the Law Faculty at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. For a number of years I was an Associate Chair of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee. I grew up in Melbourne and practiced law briefly before working in a statutory law reform agency, and then becoming an academic. I have degrees in Arts (English Literature) and Law from Monash University, and a PhD in Criminology from Cambridge University. I first began attending BSC conferences in the 1980s when I studied for the MPhil in Criminology at Cambridge, and continued when I returned in 1992 for doctoral studies. I have always found such interdisciplinary and comparative engagement invaluable in my research, which in recent years has incorporated criminal law, human rights laws, and regulatory theory in analyses of imprisonment and sentencing, prison overcrowding, crime and gender, and transitions from prison. Some of my current projects include examining how human rights principles can be implemented in places of detention such as prisons; whether and how children of offenders can be taken into account in sentencing and imprisonment decisions; the consequences of a criminal record for ex-offenders; defences for female homicide offenders; and restorative justice avenues for victims of sexual violence. I look forward to continued interaction with BSC members in these and other projects.
Recent activities: Publication of a co-edited book Human Rights in Closed Environments (Federation Press 2014), and public engagement on increases in imprisonment rates in Australia, overcrowding and rights through public lectures, online writing and media commentary. See for example Q and A with Bronwyn Naylor Is prison overcrowding just about there being more crime?
Professor of Law, School of Law, University of South Australia, Australia.
Personal message: It is a great honour to be an ambassador for the BSC. I am indeed privileged to be a long-time member of the BSC, too. I have been teaching commercial law and criminology for 30 years in Australia, Sweden, Hong Kong and the USA and I am currently the Chair of Academic Board at the University of South Australia. A decade previous to this I was (for 6 years) the Head of the School of Law and Legal Practice. My research interests are diverse, including the process of bail and remand, sports violence, the legal powers of private security personnel, industrial manslaughter, policing in remote and rural communities, prison-based correctional rehabilitation, firearms and their link to violent crime, surveillance studies, Christian influences upon the restorative justice movement, and court precinct security. I have enjoyed visiting positions at the Newhouse Center for Criminal Justice, Rutgers University (1990), with the Division of Social Science, Graceland University, Iowa, (1997) and with the Department of Law, Umeå University, Sweden (2004). In 2015 I received an Honorary Doctorate from Umeå University. As President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) I will continue to champion the commonalities that exist between our two societies. In 2017 we will be celebrating 50 years of ANZSOC and I trust that that milestone may be a springboard for even greater collaboration between British scholars and Australian and New Zealand colleagues.
Recent activities: Research specialises in criminology and policing studies.