British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award – Previous Winners
2019 – Mike Levi
The British Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Professor Mike Levi at the British Society of Criminology’s annual conference in Lincoln. “Long before the advent of zemiology as a proclaimed master narrative of criminology, all my working life has been concerned with boundaries and their appropriateness: organised crime, white-collar crime, money laundering, tax avoidance/evasion. Boundaries are useful because of what they tell us about our own and others’ stereotypes. I am grateful to the BSC for this honour, and long may the diverse and challenging traditions of British criminology flourish”. Mike Levi is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2018 – Frances Heidensohn
The British Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Professor Frances Heidensohn at the British Society of Criminology’s annual conference, which this year took place in Birmingham, on July 3-6 2018.
Thank you so very much. I am most grateful to the BSC Executive for selecting me for this award, to my proposers, Marisa Silvestri and Rachel Condry, to Charlotte and Helen from the BSC who have been extremely helpful in organising my presence here, and for inviting my family and my friend Jan Jordan from New Zealand to join me & support me tonight. [Full speech here] Frances Heidensohn is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2017: John Braithwaite – The British Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Professor John Braithwaite at the British Society of Criminology’s annual conference, which this year took place in Sheffield, on July 4-7 2017. John Braithwaite is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2016: Dick Hobbs – President of the British Society of Criminology Professor Peter Squires FAcSS said: “I am delighted that Dick Hobbs is our outstanding achievement award-winner for 2016, for many years he has pioneered an approach to criminology that we ignore at our peril, meticulously studying crime, criminality and law enforcement at the ‘sharp end’. Without the valuable insights he has provided, our criminological imagination would be that much poorer”.
Dick Hobbs is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2015: John Lea – I see criminology as a healthily eclectic discipline drawing together people from a variety of academic disciplines and practitioner backgrounds. The British Society of Criminology is important for maintaining a common set of values and professional identity.
John Lea is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2014: Sandra Walklate – I was honoured to receive the society’s award for outstanding achievement.
Sandra Walklate is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2013: Joanna Shapland – The need to provide spaces and a forum for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to get together and explore what research can do is still vital, particularly in these times of austerity. Long may the BSC thrive!
Joanna Shapland is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2012: Jock Young died in 2013. He was Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Visiting Professor at the University of Kent, UK and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Read the BSC Newsletter tribute to Jock Young published in 2013 and written by Keith Hayward and Roger Matthews.
2011: Robert Reiner is Emeritus Professor of Criminology in the Law Department, London School of Economics. He is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2010: Pat Carlen – In my view the British Society of Criminology’s main value is as the guardian of professional ethics and academic values within criminology. Pat Carlen is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2009: Stanley Cohen died in 2013. He was the Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics
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