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
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.
Immediate past President
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.
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
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).
(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 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.
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.
Chair, Hate Crime Network
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 in criminal legal practice.
Dr David Churchill
Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds.
Chair, Historical Criminology Network
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.
University of Lincoln
Chair, Learning and Teaching Network
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, as well as policing and accountability. Kate is the editor for IMPact: The University of Lincoln Journal of Higher Education.
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
Sheffield Hallam University
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.
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.
Dr Coretta Phillips
London School of Economics and Political Science
Chair, Race Matters Network
Race/ethnicity, inequalities, crime and the criminal justice process, racism and discrimination, epistemology and methodology, life history narrative approaches Recent research has focussed on life stories of minority ethnic Londoners and their engagement with, and resilience from, crime.
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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