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Dr Daniel McCulloch

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Professional biography

I joined The Open University as a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy in 2015, having previously undertaken my PhD within the Department of Social Policy and Criminology here. I have previously taught as an associate lecturer at the University of Northampton and have also spent time working with third sector organisations in the field.

Research interests

My research interests relate to the understandings of 'marginalised' populations, as well as critical evaluation of methodological claims.

Since September 2017, I have been PI on the project 'Do Participatory Visual Methods Give Voice?' The project is funded by the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, and evaluates the claim that participatory visual methods 'give voice' to participants, by exploring researcher, participant, and audience understandings of 'voice'.

My PhD research considered the experiences of rough sleepers and those who provide services for rough sleepers. Previous research I have undertaken has considered the experiences of profoundly deaf prisoners in England and Wales, and I maintain an interest in such experiences.

I am also the early career researcher representative on the board of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC).

PhD supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhD research relating to housing and homelessness, 'marginalised' populations, but would be happy to discuss projects in the fields of criminology and social policy more generally.

I currently supervise one PhD student:

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski (2015-present, part time), co-supervised with Dr Deb Drake. Provisional Title: Can Punishment and Rehabilitation Co-exist? Investigating the Conditions that Support Prison Learners Seeking Further and Higher Education Qualifications.

Teaching interests

I am currently part of the production and presentation team working on the MA in Crime and Justice, working on the modules Principles of Psychological and Social Inquiry (DD801) and Global Crime and Justice (DD804). On DD801, I author materials concerning category construction and homelessness; social constructionism and the use of documents in research; and public perceptions and charitable giving. On DD804, I author materials on constructing criminological knowledge; constructing crimes of 'the poor'; and industries of punishment. I have also chaired Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208) in presentation.

My teaching at previous institutions has included modules about social research methods, criminological theory, crime and the media, inequalities and poverty, and an introductory module to social policy.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Austerity's Impact on Rough Sleeping and Violence (2017-05-20)
McCulloch, Dan
In: Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds. The Violence of Austerity
ISBN : 9780745399485 | Publisher : Pluto Press
Analysing understandings of 'rough sleeping': managing, becoming and being homeless (2015-12-09)
McCulloch, Daniel
PhD thesis The Open University
Do participatory visual methods give voice? (2018-04-06)
McCulloch, Daniel
ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Understanding poverty using visual participatory methods: can it work? (2018-03-06)
McCulloch, Daniel
ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Austerity’s impact on rough sleeping and violence (2017-06-12)
McCulloch, Daniel
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative
Britain’s dark history of criminalising homeless people in public spaces (2017-03-10)
Cooper, Victoria and McCulloch, Daniel
The Conversation
Homelessness in our towns and cities: policing disorder? (2016-05-15)
McCulloch, Daniel
The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Rough sleepers in policy and practice: chaotic and off course, or misunderstood? (2015-08)
McCulloch, Daniel
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative, Milton Keynes.
Not hearing us: An exploration of the experience of deaf prisoners in English and Welsh prisons (2012-12)
McCulloch, Daniel
The Howard League for Penal Reform, London, UK.
Where do we turn (and why) when apples ‘go bad’ (2012-10-30)
McCulloch, Daniel and Drake, Deborah
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative, Milton Keynes.

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