I joined The Open University in 2007, after completing my PhD at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge - under the supervision of Prof Alison Liebling. I originate from Canada and undertook both of my undergraduate degrees and my MA at the University of Saskatchewan. I continue to maintain academic links with colleagues in the Department of Sociology there.
I am a board member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), which is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research centre concerned with developing and supporting research projects and papers that think critically about problems of crime and justice. I have a long standing interest and personal affiliation with critical criminological work and together with Prof Reece Walters (QUT, Brisbane) I am a commissioning editor for a book series entitled Critical Criminological Perspectives (Palgrave). The series seeks to capture the original and innovative ways that critical criminological discourses engage with contemporary issues of crime, harm and justice.
My research has mainly focused on prisons, specifically in the areas of resettlement, maximum-security and long-term imprisonment, and secure settings for children. However, more recently, I have explored community development and voluntary sector working in Milton Keynes. I have been Principal Investigator on two externally funded research projects. The first, entitled: Prisoner Experiences and Quality of Life in Dispersal Prisons was a qualitative study of three maximum-security prisons in England and was funded by the Directorate of High Security, NOMS (completed 2009). The second was entitled: The MK Community Mobilisers: A Developing Service and was funded by Milton Keynes Council (completed 2012).
I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of my previous or current research areas.
Stephen Akpabio-Klementowsky (2015-present, PT), co-supervised with Dr Daniel McCulloch
Provisional Title: Can Punishment and Rehabilitation Co-exist? Investigating the Conditions that Support Prison Learners Seeking Further and Higher Education Qualifications.
Steve Conway (2015-present, PT), co-supervised with Dr Louise Westmarland
Provisional Title: Understanding the Factors Contributing to the Absence of Gangs in the Borough of Milton Keynes: A Negative Aetiology
Angela Charles (2015-present, PT), co-supervised with Dr Victoria Cooper
Provisional Title: Black Women’s Experiences in Prison through an Intersectional Lens
Elizabeth Wilburn (2012-present, PT), registered through the Faculty of Arts, Department of History, co-supervised with Dr Chris Williams - Provisional title: Behind the 'Front Line': Non-confrontational Responses to Youth Crime by the Manchester and Salford City Police Forces 1933-1963
Daniel McCulloch (completed, 2016), co-supervised with Prof Allan Cochrane and Dr Karim Murji, Analysing Understandings of 'Rough Sleeping': Managing, Becoming and Being Homeless
Nikola Plunkett (completed, 2015), co-supervised with Dr Gerry Mooney, Heroes and Villains: Narratives of Public Sector Reform in the UK and Scotland
Abigail Rowe (completed, 2009), co-supervised with Prof Yvonne Jewkes and Dr Louise Westmarland Negotiating Disempowerment: Coping and Social Support in Women's Prisons
My teaching commitments are primarily focused on our criminology curriculum. I was presentation Course Chair of Crime, Order and Social Control (D315) from 2007-2010 and was involved in the development and production of its replacement course Crime and justice (DD301). As part of this course team, I was single author of one chapter ('Punitiveness and Cultures of Control') and co-authored two chapters (on 'Interrogating Criminal Justice' and 'Risk Prediction, Assessment and Management') in the book Criminal Justice: Local and Global (Willan, 2009) on which I was also co-editor. In addition, I was lead contributor on the production of the DVD which accompanies DD301. This DVD, entitled Opium: Cultures, Wars and Markets, was awarded the 2010 British Universities Film and Video Council Award for Teaching through Film.
I was Module Team Chair (production) on Critical criminological perspectives (D867), which is the first online-only postgraduate module to be produced in Criminology at The Open University.
I am currently Qualification Director on our new PG programme F75: MA Crime and Justice and on R21: BA(hons) Criminology, a new undergraduate programme, currently under development. .
Since 2014 I have been External Examiner, Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University.
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