Who’s Who at the BSC
Professor Sandra Walklate
The University of Liverpool
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 Pamela Davies
Vice President and Chair, Victims Network
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
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.
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
Crime analysis, geocoding and data quality issues, GIS and simulation modelling, spatial data mining, cluster analysis and visualisation
Fellow, Royal Statistical Society; Fellow, Royal Geographical Society; Fellow, Geological Society; Association for Geographic Information
Dr Rachel Vipond
University of York
Chair, Prizes Committee
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.
Chair, Conferences Committee
Vicky has researched various aspects of anti-social behaviour including: public perceptions, victims’ experiences and government policy. Her teaching work focuses on research methods, where she has an interest in mixed methods research methodology. She is the author of Administrating Victimization: The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour and Hate Crime Policy (Palgrave, 2014), (with Marian Duggan) and Mixed Methods in Criminology (Routledge, 2019), (with Jaime Waters). She is a trustee of the national victims’ charity ASB Help and a member of the Editorial Board for Safer Communities.
Chair, Prizes Committee
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).
Professor Azrini Wahidin
(FAcSS) – Professor of Sociology and Criminology at The University of Warwick, Department of Sociology.
Chair, Professional Affairs and Ethics Committee
Punishment, penalty, 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, Public relations committee
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.
Dr Lizzie Seal
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).
Professor Andrew Millie
Andrew Millie’s work is interdisciplinary drawing on criminology, philosophy and theology. He is also known for work on policing. Andrew is Editor of the Bristol University Press series New Horizons in Criminology and he is on the Research Advisory Group for the Howard League for Penal Reform. Andrew’s books include Criminology and Public Theology (Bristol University Press, 2020), Philosophical Criminology (Policy Press, 2016), Securing Respect (Policy Press, 2009) and Anti-Social Behaviour (Open University Press, 2009).
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 Jayne Price
University of Chester
Co-chair of the BSC Early Career Researchers Network
Jayne Price is a Lecturer in Criminology within the Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Chester, England. Her research interests include prisons, transitions, youth and young adulthood and youth justice. She volunteers locally within a youth offending service and is a trustee at the YMCA.
University of Nottingham
Chair, Green Criminology Research Network
James is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Nottingham. 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.
Dr Jo Smith
Chair, Hate Crime Network
I now teach at the University of Brighton. 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 in criminal legal practice.
Dr Esmorie Miller
Lecturer in Criminology, London South Bank University.
Chair, Historical Criminology Network
Dr Miller’s research explores the intersection of gender, race, and racialization in contemporary youth justice. Her working thesis that the remarkable modes of marginalization discerned with gender and race in youth justice goes beyond crime and punishment is part of an aim to expand customary narratives, beyond criminal justice. The aim is to reorient focus to include the historic role of cross institutional exclusion, in the lives of racialized youth (i.e., from education to the CJS). See Esmore’s ORCID profile.
Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds
Chair, Learning and Teaching Network
Suzanne is an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds. Suzanne’s interests are in criminal justice and criminology pedagogies in HEIs, her projects explore student engagement, learning design, and student transitions. Suzanne is the co-director of the University of Leeds Centre for Research and Innovation in Legal Education (CIRLE).
Chair, Policing Network
Police culture; contemporary intersections between LGBTQ identities and policing/crime; police leadership. Matthew is currently working on a jointly funded ESRC project with Prof Mike Rowe (Northumbria University) and Prof Andrew Millie (Edge Hill University) entitled Visible Policing: the Affective Properties of Police Buildings, Images and Material Culture.
Professor David Best
Chair, Prison Research Network
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.
Twitter @grace_gallacher | @BSCPG1
Chair: Postgraduate Committee
Grace is a Lecturer in Policing and Criminology at Leeds Trinity University. Her PhD is centred around the harms which can result from the commodification of children’s leisure using a Deviant Leisure approach. More broadly, she is interested in critical criminology, harms, consumerism, childhood and identity. She has a particular interest in the wellbeing of postgraduates and providing support to others.
Dr Bankole Cole
Reader in Criminology and Human Rights, Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University
Co-Chair: Race Matters Network
Race, crime and criminal justice, international and comparative criminal justice and policing; youth justice and human rights. Recent research included a study of radicalisation in 10 EU countries and the application of the African philosophy of Ubuntu to police interaction with BAME youths in inner London. Current research: The experiences of BAME women in English criminal courts, funded by Barrow Cadburys and the Pilgrims Trust. (with colleagues at Newcastle and Liverpool John Moores Universities).
Chair: Victims Network
Hannah’s research examines crimes against, and by, older adults. Most of her work to date has focused on interpersonal violence (domestic and sexual abuse) of older women. She is currently examining criminal justice outcomes and decision making in criminal cases involving older adults in a ‘report to court’ analysis of a large sample of cases.
Dr Harriet Pierpoint
Associate Professor of Criminology at University of South Wales
Co-chair: Vulnerability Research Network
Dr Harriet Pierpoint is an Associate Professor of Criminology at University of South Wales. She is interested in vulnerability and fairness in the criminal justice system and has published in internationally recognised, peer reviewed journals in this field, as well as contributing to practitioner publications and the broader media. She is particularly interested in facilitating the voices of users in the design and evaluation of projects. Harriet is an experienced project manager of large-scale research projects for government departments and the third sector. She was selected as a participant on the Welsh Crucible 2017 and is a member of the South Wales Police Independent Ethics Committee.
Dr Marian Duggan
Marian’s research interests centre on sexual, gendered and hate-based victimisation, with a particular focus on how crime reduction policies and practices function at a grass-roots level for individuals and support services. She is the editor of Revisiting the ‘Ideal Victim’: Developments in Critical Victimology (Bristol University Press, 2018) and the author of Administrating Victimization: The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour and Hate Crime Policy (Palgrave, 2014) (with Vicky Heap) and Queering Conflict: Examining Lesbian and Gay Experiences of Homophobia in Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2012). She is also a trustee for the Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse charity and member of the editorial board for Feminists@Law.
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, penalty 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).
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