I joined the Open University in 2015 as a Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology.
I am the Co-director of 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. HERC works in partnership with the Centre of Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS).
My research focuses on homelessness in relation to: housing, hostels, the criminal justice system, community punishment, geographical displacement and evictions. I am interested in how society contains and manages homeless groups through these various institutions. Currently, I am looking at the relationship between the rise in evictions, homelessness and austerity. I have led on research projects commissioned by homeless charities and local authorities. Prior to working in academia, I worked as a practitioner in housing and homelessness.
Cooper, V. and Whyte, D. (2018) 'Grenfell, Austerity and Institutional Violence', Sociological Research Online, https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780418800066
Cooper, V. and Whyte, D. (2017) (Eds.) The Violence of Austerity. Pluto Press
Mansfield, M. and Cooper, V. (2017) 'The Failure to Protect Women in the Criminal Justice System' in V. Cooper, and D. Whyte (Eds.), The Violence of Austerity. Pluto press.
Paton, K. and Cooper, V. (2017) 'Domicide, Eviction and Repossession', in V. Cooper, and D. Whyte (Eds.), The Violence of Austerity. Pluto press.
Cooper, V. and Paton, K. (2017) 'The new urban frontier of everyday evictions: Contemporary state practices of revanchism', in A. Albet, N. Benach.(Eds.), Gentrification as a Global Strategy Neil Smith and Beyond. Taylor & Francis.
Cooper, V. (2017) 'No Fixed Abode: The Continuum of Policing and Incarcerating the Homeless' Policing, Vol 11 (1): 29-38.
Paton, K. and Cooper, V. (2016) 'It’s the state, stupid: 21st gentrification and state-led evictions', Sociological Research Online, 21 (3), 9
Cooper, V. (2016) '‘It’s all considered to be unacceptable behaviour’: Criminal justice practitioners’ experience of statutory housing duty for (ex)offenders'' Probation Journal Vol 63 (4): 433–451
Cooper, V. (2016) ‘Homelessness and Victimisation’ Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., and Turner, J.(Eds) (2016). A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Bristol: Policy Press.
Cooper, V. (2016) ‘Austerity, Harm and Victimisation’ .(Eds) (2016). A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.
Cooper, V. (2014) ‘Gendered Geographies of Punishment’ in V.Canning (ed) Sites of Confinement, European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.
Cooper, V. and Sim, J. (2013) ‘Punishing the Detritus and the Damned, in Why Prison?’ In D. Scott (ed) Why Prison?, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Barton, A. and Cooper, V. (2012) ‘Hostels for Women and Community for Women: The ‘Semi-Penal’ Paradox’ in M. Malloch and G.McIvor (eds) Women Punishment and Social Justice: Human Rights and Penal Practices, London: Routledge.
Cooper, V. (2010) ‘Cultivating the Business Researcher: A Biographical Account of Postgraduate Educational Research Training’ in Imrie, R and Allen, C (eds.) The Knowledge Business, London: Sage.
McKee, K and Cooper, V (2009) ‘The Paradox of Tenant Empowerment: Regulatory and Liberatory Possibilities’, Housing Theory and Society, Vol. 25, no. 2: 132 -146.
Cooper, V. (2015) Austerity as Organised and Bureaucratised Violence, submitted in Open Democracy Available online at https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/vickie-cooper/austerity-as-bureaucratized-and-organized-violence
Cooper, V. and Paton, K. (2015) Tenants in Danger: The Rise of Eviction Watches in Open Democracy, April 17th Available online at https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/kirsteen-paton-vickie-cooper/tenants-in-danger-rise-of-eviction-watches.
Cooper, V. (2015) ‘Bricks and Mortality: State Violence and Housing Social Policy’, Criminal Justice Matters, Issue 98.
Cooper, V and Mooney, G. (2015) Academics Against Poverty Audit Manifesto, Available online at: http://ukpovertyaudit.org/
Cooper, V. (2014) ‘Social Housing not Social Cleansing’, Red Pepper Magazine Aug/Sept Issue 197.
Cooper, V. (2014) The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics by C. Krinsky (ed.) Reviewed in Youth Justice, Vol 14 (1): 103-105.
Cooper, V. (2011) Media and Society: Critical Perspectives by G. Burton, 2nd Edition, Reviewed in Youth Justice, Vol 11 (2): 191-192.
Cooper, V. (2011) Hard Lives, Mean Streets: Violence in the Lives of Homeless Women by L.J. Jasinski, K.J. Wesley, D.J. Wright, and E.E. Mustaine Reviewed in British Journal of Criminology, Vol 51(1): 229-232.
Cooper, V. (2014) Rehousing Ex-prisoners in Merseyside, Liverpool: Liverpool John Moores University.
Cooper, V. (2013) No Fixed Abode: the implications for homeless people in the criminal justice system, London: Howard League for Penal Reform.
Cooper, V. (2012) Resettlement and Floating Support in the Criminal Justice System, London: St Mungo’s.
In 2015- 2016, I was Module Chair in presentation for DD208: Welfare, Crime and Society. This module was recently replaced by our new module DD212: Understanding Criminology, which is a level 2, 60 credit, undergraduate module. In 2016- 2018, I was the Module Chair and oversaw the production of DD212: Understanding Criminology. It was launched in October 2018 and is the first module to be taught as part of our new BA (Honours) Criminology degree programme.