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Dr Victoria Cooper

Vickie Cooper

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Criminology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Social Policy & Criminology
  • victoria.cooper1

Professional biography

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).

Qualifications
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Liverpool John Moores University, 2012)
  • PhD in Social and Economic Research (Sheffield Hallam University, 2009)
  • MRes Urban Sociology (Glasgow University, 2005)
  • BA (hons) Management and Organisation Studies (Lancaster University, 2002)
PhD Students
  • Carly Speed: Death Inquest in Psychiatric Custody (registered at Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Angela Charles: Black Women’s Experiences in Prison through an Intersectional Lens (Open University)

Research interests

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 Universities, I worked as a practitioner in housing and homelessness.

Publications

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, & D. whyte (Eds.), The Violence of Austerity. Pluto press.

Paton, K. and Cooper, V.  (2017) 'Domicide, Eviction and Repossession', in V. cooper, & 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., & 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.

Op-eds

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.

Book Reviews 

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.

Research Reports and Briefings

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.

Teaching interests

I am the Module Chair for Understanding Criminology (DD212) which is a level 2, 60credit, undergraduate module. This module will be live and ready to teach in October 2018.

Publications

No Fixed Abode: The Continuum of Policing and Incarcerating the Homeless (2017)
Cooper, Vickie
Policing: a journal of policy and practice, 11(1) (pp. 29-38)
‘It’s all considered to be unacceptable behaviour’: Criminal justice practitioners’ experience of statutory housing duty for (ex)offenders (2016-12)
Cooper, Vickie
Probation Journal ((In press))
It’s the state, stupid: 21st gentrification and state-led evictions (2016)
Paton, Kirsteen and Cooper, Vickie
Sociological Review ((In Press))
Domicide, Eviction and Repossession (2017-05-20)
Paton, Kirsteen and Cooper, Vickie
In: Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds. The Violence of Austerity (pp. 164-170)
ISBN : 9780745337463 | Publisher : Pluto Press
The Failure to Protect Women in the Criminal Justice System (2017-05-20)
Mansfield, Maureen and Cooper, Vickie
In: Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds. The Violence of Austerity (pp. 188-194)
ISBN : 9780745337463 | Publisher : Pluto Press
Introduction: The Violence of Austerity (2017-05-20)
Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David
In: Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds. The Violence of Austerity (pp. 1-34)
ISBN : 9780745337463 | Publisher : Pluto Press
The new urban frontier of everyday evictions: Contemporary state practices of revanchism (2017)
Cooper, Vickie and Paton, Kirsteen
In: Abel, Albet and Nuria, Benach eds. Processes of Urban Gentrification, Neil Smith and Beyond ((In press))
Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Austerity, Harm and Victimisation (2016-06-29)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Corteen, Karen; Morley, Sharon; Taylor, Paul and Turner, Joanne eds. A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Companions in Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 11-14)
ISBN : 978-1-4473-2572-7 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Croydon, UK
Homelessness and Victimisation (2016-06-29)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Corteen, Karen; Morley, Sharon; Taylor, Paul and Turner, Jo eds. A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation (pp. 95-97)
ISBN : 978-1-4473-2572-7 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
The Violence of Austerity (2017-05-16)
Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds.
ISBN : 9780745399485 | Publisher : Pluto Press | Published : London
Britain’s dark history of criminalising homeless people in public spaces (2017-03-10)
Cooper, Victoria and McCulloch, Daniel
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