Who’s Who at the BSC
President, Chair of the Public Relations Committee.
Interests: The politics of ‘law and order’, policing, gun control, gun crime, weapons, gangs and violence, anti-social behaviour and community safety, crime and culture, youth justice, the media and images and representations of crime, deviance and social control.
Professor Pamela Davies
Vice President and Chair, Victims Network
Research interests: Gender, crime and victimisation. This includes victims of crime and social harm and safety, vulnerability, resilience and survival strategies. Recent research projects have focussed on support for families of child sexual abuse, sexual assault in the British Army, interpersonal violence needs assessment and – connected to green crime and victimisation – tensions between environmental and social justice.
Professor Andromachi Tseloni
Professor of Quantitative Criminology, Nottingham Trent University
Interests: Crime rates & risk; criminal victimisation risk and protective factors; crime perceptions; cross-national comparisons; delinquency and victimisation; explaining the international crime drop; generalized linear mixed models especially for counts; multivariate hierarchical modelling; situational crime prevention; social capital, social cohesion.
Other Affiliations : Fellow, Royal Statistical Society; Member, European Society of Criminology; SCoPiC Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Visiting Professor, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield; Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
Professor Allan Brimicombe
Head, Centre for Geo-Information Studies, University of East London
Company Secretary and Chair, Crime & Justice Statistics Network
Interests: Crime analysis, geocoding and data quality issues, GIS and simulation modelling, spatial data mining, cluster analysis and visualisation
Other Affiliations : Fellow, Royal Statistical Society; Fellow, Royal Geographical Society; Fellow, Geological Society; Association for Geographic Information
Dr Rachel Vipond
University of York
Rachel is a lecturer in social policy and crime at the University of York. She completed her PhD (at Lancaster University) in June 2015. It is an interdisciplinary ethnographic research project exploring risk in the youth justice system. It involved 14 months of fieldwork at several youth offending teams across the north of England collecting different types of data including interview data and observational fieldnotes exploring how the Scaled Approach (a risk based policy) has impacted on the youth justice system. Her research interests include youth justice policy and practice, custody use, risk in criminal justice, looked after children and girls in the CJS.
Professor Sandra Walklate
The University of Liverpool
Interests: Sandra is currently engaged in researching policy responses to intimate partner violence with colleagues in the U.K. connected with the N8PRP and colleagues in Australia as part of the Monash University Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.
Professor Barry Goldson
The University of Liverpool
Chair, Youth Criminology/Youth Justice Network.
Interests: Youth criminology and youth justice; International/comparative youth justice; Childhood, youth and social policy; Critical policy analysis; Critical criminology; Poverty and inequality; Punishment, penality and prisons; ‘Secure’ institutions; The sociology of childhood and youth (including constructionist and social-structural theorisation, children’s human rights, youth identities, youth cultures, youth and community, youth and social order/disorder, youth inclusion and exclusion).
Dr Mark Horsley
Chair, Conferences Committee
Interests: Debt Markets and Consumer Culture; Social Exclusion and Economic/Political Inequalities; Legal and/or Illegal Moneylending; Critical Analyses of Debt/Finance Industries; Social and/or Criminological Theory; New Ideas in Criminology and Sociology; Subjectivity and Ideology.
Interests: (1) criminal process, (2) vulnerable people in the criminal justice system, (3) alternatives to prosecution and custody, (4) resettlement (5) animal abuse and (6) quantitative and qualitative research methods including research ethics.
Dr Louise Westmarland
Chair, Policing Network
Police and their occupational culture; gender and policing; homicide investigations; police informers; corruption, integrity and ethics. I am an accredited Home Office Domestic Homicide Investigator. I’m also interested in ethnographic research methods, particularly where privileged access leads to dilemmas for researchers.
Professor Azrini Wahidin
(FAcSS) – Professor of Sociology and Criminology at The University of Warwick, Department of Sociology.
Chair, Professional Affairs and Ethics Committee
Punishment, penality, prisons and prison governance; ‘Secure’ institutions; women in prison; older offenders; transitional justice, ex-combatants; youth transitions from custody; the impact of conflict on identities; feminist research methods and ethics.
Howard League for Penal Reform – Member of the Policy and Campaigns Committee, Board of Trustees, Visiting Associate Professor. Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.
Chair, Early Career Committee
Anna has a legal background having Italian undergraduate and master degrees in Law, with final year work on the British criminal justice system and organised crime. In 2009 she completed a LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Criminal law, Criminology and Criminal Justice at King’s College, London, passed with Merit, with the final dissertation on different aspects of the British and the Italian sentencing and punishing processes in relation to organised crime.
Anna’s PhD looked at the different perceptions between the British and the Italian societies of what is organised crime, and analysed the reasons why these two nations have so distant – apparently – experiences with organised crime and yet somehow similar criminal justice responses to the menace.
Anglia Ruskin University
Chair, Postgraduate Committee
Carina is a part-time PhD student in the final stretch of her doctoral studies at Anglia Ruskin University, where she also teaches full-time on Policing and Criminal Justice courses. Her doctoral research is in neighbourhood policing and its contribution to confidence, and she is also undertaking research for Essex Police on confidence and community policing. She has a background in publishing and security analysis, and helps edit a web-based magazine on policing governance. Her other research interests include the relationship between politics and the police, and wider community engagement in policing.
Chair, Prizes Committee
Research Interests: James is Professor in Criminology at Staffordshire University. He previously worked as a criminologist at Birmingham City University, the University of Birmingham and the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester (2008-2012). James’ previous research is largely ethnographic, and after completing his PhD he has been involved in a range of research projects centring on themes of violent and professional crime and imprisonment. His books include Criminology (2006) and the revised and expanded Criminology: The Essentials (2013) as well as Football Hooliganism, Fan behaviour and Crime: Contemporary Issues (2014) and Riots and Political Protest (2015).
Dr Lizzie Seal
University of Sussex
Chair, Publications Committee
Lizzie Seal is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at University of Sussex. Her research interests include gender representation and murder, capital punishment, cultural criminology and historical criminology. She is the author of Women, Murder and Femininity: Gender representations of women who kill (Palgrave, 2010), (with Maggie O’Neill) Transgressive Imaginations: Crime, Deviance and Culture (Palgrave, 2012) and Capital Punishment in Twentieth-Century Britain: Audience, Justice, Memory (Routledge, 2014).
Dr Oliver Smith
Co-chair of the Critical Criminology Network
Oliver is a criminologist and ethnographer with an interest in leisure, harm, consumerism and culture. He is Reader in Criminology at Plymouth University. He is the author of ‘Contemporary adulthood and the night-time economy’, which uses the night time economy (NTE) as a lens through which to examine the relationship between global consumer culture and harms associated with the erosion of traditional forms of adult identity. He is a founding member of the Deviant Leisure group as well as the Critical Criminology sub-group of the British Society of Criminology.
Dr Marisa Silvestri
Marisa’s research interests centre on exploring the position and role of women in police leadership and the gendered nature of the criminal justice system in relation to its impact on women offenders and victims, more broadly. She is the author of Women in Charge: Policing, Gender and Leadership (Routledge, 2003) and co-author of Gender and Crime (Sage, 2008) & Gender and Crime: a Human Rights Approach (Sage, 2016). She is also co- editor for Key Themes in Policing Series with Policy Press and is on the editorial board of Policing & Society.
Dr David Churchill
Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds.
BSC Appointment: Chair, Historical Criminology Network
Interests: My main research interests are in the history of policing, security and crime control in modern Britain, though I also work on public space and urban governance. I am author of Crime Control & Everyday Life in the Victorian City: The Police & the Public (OUP, 2017). Increasingly, my research investigates the theoretical, conceptual and methodological underpinnings of historical research and their potential applications to criminology.
BSC Appointment: EC member and public relations
Interests: the margins of criminology, critical interdisciplinary studies of crime, justice, harm and victimisation. Most recently published on sport and crime but also on green and queer criminology as well as CCTV/surveillance, masculinities and public criminology. He tweets extensively and blogs occasionally. When not doing so he runs with friends and sings in a choir.
University of Surrey
BSC Appointment: Chair, Hate Crime Network
Interests: I am a teaching fellow in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester and I am completing my PhD in the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey. My research focuses on the feminist women’s experiences of online misogyny and abuse. My research interests include hate crime, violence against women, feminist criminology, victimology, and women’s participation in the criminal justice system. I am a qualified solicitor with extensive experience of criminal legal practice.
Sheffield Hallam University
BSC Appointment: Chair, Prison Research Network
Interests: David is co-chair of the Sheffield Addiction Recovery Research Group, and founder and co-chair of Recovery Academy Australia. His key areas of expertise are the relationship between drugs and crime, and the area of desistance from offending and recovery from drug and alcohol problems. He also has considerable expertise around deaths in police custody.
University of Lincoln
BSC Appointment: Chair, Learning and Teaching Network
Interests: Katie is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology and Director for Teaching and Learning for the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests include Student engagement, Student as Producer, employability and issues within Higher Education, aswell as policing and accountability. Kate is the editor for IMPact: The University of Lincoln Journal of Higher Education.
Dr James Heydon
University of Lincoln
BSC Appointment: Chair, Green Criminology Research Network
James is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Lincoln. His research interests centre on aspects of environmental crime and harm, various facets of procedural justice, and the risks of and responses to air pollution. He is the author of Sustainable Development-as-Environmental Harm (Routledge, 2019) and is Chair of the British Society of Criminology’s Green Criminology Research Network.
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