Members - The Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion

Dr.Giles Barrett

Director of The Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion

Giles is a past recipient of an LJMU visiting fellowship to Hunter College, City of New York University to further pursue his comparative research interest in Caribbean American business enterprises and UK African-Caribbean enterprises. He has also been a member of a European funded global network of researchers on issues relating to immigrant entrepreneurship and international migration. Giles’ doctoral thesis focused on the economic and regulatory challenges facing small businesses owned by persons of Caribbean and South Asian descent. Giles’ other research interests surround the interrelationship between crime and space, critical research methods, 'race' and identity politics. Giles is the author of a number of published papers on ethnic minority business issues and is a recipient of the Emerald Literati Prize. Giles has a wealth of experience in evaluation research derived from practical applications through research and consultancy.

Selected publications

Barrett, G. A. Jones, T. P. and McEvoy, D. (2008) Ethnic Minority Business: Theoretical discourse in Britain and North America, in: Blackburn, R. and Brush C. G. (Eds.) Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Volume 1, Sage, London, pp. 421-452

Barrett, G. A. and McEvoy, D. (2007) Temporal and geographical variations in South Asian business: thirty years of research in the United Kingdom, in: Dana, L. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship: A co-evolutionary view on resource management, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp 337-359

Dr. Helen Beckett Wilson

Helen’s main research interests are the social theorisation of, and responses to, problematic drug use, critical research methods, the impact of social capital on social problem and the ‘justice’ of community punishment interventions and policy. Helen is a former drug worker offering support to drug users in the Criminal Justice system and hostel worker working with at-risk populations. Helen’s doctoral thesis investigated Criminal Justice interventions for drug using offenders. Her other research interests include criminal justice interventions for young people and multi-agency approaches to offender management.

Selected publications

Frisher, M. and Beckett, H. (2006) Drug Use Desistance, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp 127-145

Beckett, H. Heap, J. McArdle, P. Gilvarry, E. Christian, J., Bloor, R. Crome, I. and Frischer, M. (2004) Understanding Problem Drug Use Among Young People Accessing Drug Services: A multivariate approach using statistical modelling techniques, Online Report 15/04, London: Home Office


Dr. Victoria Canning

Vicky’s main research interests include Women’s Rights, Sexual Violence, Asylum and Forced Migration, Genocide and HIV. Vicky’s doctoral thesis studied the significance of the effects of rape and sexual violence in conflict on women seeking asylum in Merseyside.  Vicky is a volunteer with Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASA) and Merseyside Women’s Movement (MWM) and has a keen interest in gender equality. Vicky has been awarded funding and conducted research regarding challenging social attitudes to sexual violence, which she coordinated with MWM and RASA. Vicky is a member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, British Sociological Associations Sociology of Rights group and co-convener for the law, crime and rights stream. Vicky is also co-organiser of the annual CCSE Critical Research Seminar Series.

Selected publications

Canning, V. (2011) Women Seeking Sanctuary: Challenging UK State Responses to Women Fleeing Conflict Violence, Criminal Justice Matters, 85 (1) pp 28 -30

Canning, V. (2010) Who's Human? Developing Sociological Understandings of the Rights of Women Raped in Conflict Forthcoming, The International Journal of Human Rights, 14(6) pp 849 - 864


Dr. Helen Churchill

Helen is a principal lecturer and head of Sociology at LJMU. Helen’s research interests are focused on women’s health, childbirth and caesareans, and informed choice in health services. Helen has conducted a series of research including investigating Asylum-seeking women’s access to maternity care. Helen's work also comprises of a range of consultancies including for the Nuffield Foundation, SAGE publications, North West Perinatal Group and National Childbirth Trust.

Selected publications

Churchill, H. and Savage, W. (2008) Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: The VBAC Handbook, Middlesex University Press

Churchill, H., Savage, W. and Francome, C. (2006) Caesarean Birth in Britain: Revised and Updated Middlesex University Press


Dr. Vickie Cooper

Vickie’s interests revolve around homelessness and resettlement, including policy responses to the links between resettlement support, homelessness and imprisonment.  Vickie’s doctoral thesis explored the role of resettlement support in homelessness for acquiring permanent housing. Vickie has worked in collaboration with the Howard League for Penal Reform on a research contract which explores the cyclical paths between homelessness and imprisonment, with a focus on the role of resettlement for reducing reoffending. Vicky is also the Co-organiser of the annual CCSE Critical Research Seminar Series.

Dr. Diane Grant

Diane is a Reader in Community and Social Studies with an interdisciplinary background in Applied Community and Social Studies and Home Economics. Diane has conducted and developed research spanning issues concerning poverty and poverty measurement, social exclusion, age and gender discrimination, contemporary housing issues, homelessness, and inequalities of access to education, work opportunities for minority groups, community education, older populations and access to education for former female drug-users. Diane is a member of the Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission. As a Research Director Diane developed and delivered two projects funded by the European Social Fund exploring Gender Discrimination and Ageist Perceptions (GDAP).

Selected publications

Grant D. (2009) Childhood and Youth Poverty: The have nots. In: Murphy L. Taylor E. and Kassem, D. (Eds.) Childhood and Youth Studies, Oxon: Routledge pp 159 -177

Grant, D. and Meadows. M. (2005) Social and Psychological Exclusion: the value of community interventions for lone mothers, Community, Work and Family, 8(1) pp 5-21


Anne Hayes

Anne’s research interests are focused on young people’s experiences of the criminal justice system, youth justice, gangs and gang identity, sexual exploitation of girls in gangs, gender, and miscarriages of justice. Anne’s most recent work involved an evaluation of an intervention programme for marginalised young people aged 17-24 years on the ‘edges of criminality’. Anne is preparing for a doctoral thesis which will examine the sexual exploitation, targeted grooming and abuse of girls by organised gangs within the UK. Anne is a member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ) and she is involved with the campaigning group ‘Against Injustice Merseyside’ (AIM) which supports and campaigns for people who have been wrongly convicted.


Dr. Katherine Harbord

Katherine works extensively with the Third Sector, providing specialist research and reports, and is also a Country of Origin expert for legal cases relating to individuals from the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Egypt and Sudan.  She is a regular on the conference circuit, and maintains membership of the Association for Israel Studies, the Sudan Studies Association, the Royal African Society, the Royal United Services Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Middle East Society of America, the Association for the Study of Middle East and Africa, Chatham House, the Political Studies Association, and the British International Studies Association


Dr. Jim Hollinshead

Jim’s research interests include applications of Geographic Information systems (GIS) in qualitative and quantitative social research, environmental and wildlife crime and harm and spatial aspects of current and historical criminological issues. Jim’s research activities have included spatial analysis of Black and Ethnic Minority satisfaction with police services, the use and distribution of Dispersal areas established under Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act (2003), class based inequalities in the effects of and recovery from the Greek wildfires of 2009, and spatial aspects of street robbery in the cities of Liverpool and Chester during the mid-1850s.


Dr. Janet Jamieson

Janet is the head of Criminology at LJMU. Janet’s research interests are regarding criminal justice specifically in the context of children, young people and crime, youth justice and criminal justice policy and more generally with regard to related issues including gender, ethnicity, exclusion and marginalisation. Janet’s research seeks to give young people a voice and promote empowerment. In a project exploring the use of dispersal powers in Merseyside the research included the participation of Young People in a conference, alongside a range of key local and national stakeholders including the Children’s Rights Alliance of England; the Children and Young Person's Law Group; Liverpool City Council; Merseyside Police; the National Youth Association and Sefton Voices. The conference resulted in a commitment from Liverpool City Council to consult young people in relation to the all applications for the imposition of Dispersal Powers. A Summary of conference proceedings was also submitted as evidence to the Standing Committee for Youth Justice.

Selected publications

Jamieson, J. (2009) ‘In search of youth justice’ in: K. Broadhurst, C. Grover and J. Jamieson (eds.) Safeguarding Children: Critical Perspectives, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Jamieson, J. & Yates, J. (2009) ‘Young People, Youth Justice and the State’ in: R. Coleman, J. Sim, S. Tombs and D. Whyte (eds.) State, Power, Crime, London: Sage

Dr. Paul A Jones

Paul’s research interests are regarding Social and Co-operative Enterprise, Social and Financial Exclusion, Urban and Rural Regeneration and Credit Union Development. Paul has a background in youth work and community development, working both in the voluntary and local authority sectors. In 2006 Paul created the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion, where he currently works as a senior researcher. He has published a range of works and papers on credit union development, on access to credit and on tackling financial exclusion.

Selected publications

Jones P. A. (2008) From tackling poverty to achieving financial inclusion - the changing role of British credit unions in low income communities, Journal of Socio-Economics, 37, pp 2141–2154

Jones P.A., (2006) Giving credit where it’s due: Promoting financial inclusion through quality credit unions, Local Economy, 21 (1) pp 36 - 48

Dr. Peter Millward

Peter’s research interests spread across the sociological spectrum but many of his outputs discuss issues emerging in the field of sport. Theoretically, much of his research engages with Manuel Castells’ ideas and is epistemologically wedded to the notion that social scientific work should be critical in scope. He has found sport to be an interesting prism for sociological exploration and has focussed on its use and limitations in discussing wider social issues. Much of his work has empirically looked at football supporters (often in connection to the football industry) to discuss issues such as: socio-cultural exclusions; popular protests, social movements and mobilisations; theories and realities of ‘globalisation’; notions of crime and ‘criminality’ and the connections between consumption and identity.

Selected publications

Kelly, L., Millward, P., Poulton, E. (2014 forthcoming) Sport and Criminology: A Critical Perspective. Routledge: Abingdon.

David, M. and Millward, P. (2012) ‘Football’s Coming Home: Digital Reterritorialization, Contradictions in the Transnational Coverage of Sport and the Sociology of Alternative Football Broadcasts’ The British Journal of Sociology 63(2): 349-369.

Millward, P. (2012) ‘Reclaiming the Kop: Analysing Liverpool supporters’ twenty-first century mobilisations’ Sociology 46(4): 633-648.

Millward, P. (2011) The Global Football League: Transnational Networks, Social Movements and Sport in the New Media Age. Palgrave: Basingstoke.

Dr. Helen Monk

Helen's research interests include violence against women, intersectionality and identity, young women's experiences of sexual coercion and sexual violence, and gender and criminal justice more broadly. Helen's doctoral thesis examined how multiple intersections of identity impact upon the experience of, and theoretical, poltical and practical responses to, violence against ethnicised women. Helen is a member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Preston Domestic Violence Services, Lancashire Domestic Violence Forum and is an active member of several steering groups with local agencies in the field of Domestic Violence.


Dr. Sara Parker

Sara works in a number of international research arenas. Sara was link coordinator for a DeLPHE partnership between LJMU Tribhuvan University Nepal and Dhaka University Bangladesh.  The partnership led to the development of a new Masters degree in Gender Studies in Nepal through a number of dialogue sessions that brought together key academics, policy makers and NGO activists working in the field of gender and development in Nepal and Bangladesh. Sara has also been awarded a Small Research Grant from the British Academy to explore issues surrounding meeting the needs of an ageing population in Nepal.  This has enabled Sara continue her close working relationship with staff and students at the Nepal School of Social Work in Kathmandu. Sara ‘s doctoral thesis focused on the introduction of Actionaid’s non formal education programme into the Annapurna Conservation Area in Nepal and explores the complexities of engaging in action research with a remote mountain community in the Himalayan Mountains. 

Selected publications

Parker, S. and Pant, B. (2011) Longevity in Nepal, Environmental, Health and Policy Challenges, International Journal of Society Systems Science, 3(4) Special Issue

Mahtab, N. Parker, S. Standing, K. and Thapaliya, H. (2011) Gender and Women’s Studies courses in Nepal, Bangladesh and the UK: experiences from the DelPHE link programme, Education and Development, CERID Kathmandu Nepal

Prof. Joe Sim

Joe's main research interests are the relationship between penal systems, crime and social order, health care in prisons, the politics of criminological research and masculinity and crime. Joe’s doctoral thesis was centred on prison health care. Joe is a trustee of INQUEST which is concerned with campaigning around, and providing support for, the families of those who die in the custody of the state (

Selected publications

Hillyard, P., Sim, J., Tombs, S. and Whyte, D. (2004) 'Leaving a "Stain Upon the Silence": Contemporary Criminology and the Politics of Dissent', British Journal of Criminology, 44 (3) pp 369-390

Sim, J. (2002) The Future Organisation of Prison Health Care: A Critical Analysis', Critical Social Policy, 22 (2) pp 300-323.

Dr. Nicola Smith

Nicola’s research interests are situated within an interdisciplinary framework and explore the construction of youth and adult sub/cultural identities as derived from mass media and cultural consumption, with a specific focus on popular music communities and music-related fandom. Key themes within Nicola’s work include: performativity, dance and the gendered body; ethnicity in music; social class and cultural lifestyles; transatlantic cultural exchange and the significance of the family in the formation of socio-cultural attachment. Nicola uses the topic of popular music to explore wider sociological concepts such as social inclusion and exclusion, the role of the contemporary family, ageing and social identity, and behaviour in post-subcultural paradigms.
Selected publications:

Smith, Nicola (2012) ‘Parenthood and the Transfer of Subcultural Capital in the Northern Soul Scene’, in Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity, edited by Andy Bennett and Paul Hodkinson, Berg.

Smith, Nicola (2009) ‘Beyond the Master Narrative of Youth: Researching Ageing Popular Music Scenes’ in The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology, edited by Derek B. Scott, Ashgate, pp. 427-445.

Dr. Kay Standing

Kay’s doctoral thesis was exploring Lone Mothers and Parental Involvement in Education. Kay has project managed a number of projects including a European Social Fund Objective 3 project on women and work life balance entitled ‘Combining Work and Family Life: Removing the barriers to women’s progression’ examined work-life balance policy in the UK and the Netherlands’ and Equilibrium project providing training on work life balance policy and practices to women in third sector organizations across the UK. Kay has also worked with Tender conducting research into sexual bullying in schools, violence in teenage relationship and to deliver drama workshops in schools to promote healthy relationships. Kay has also conducted a series of research on gender, conflict and education in Nepal.

Selected publications

Yerkes, M. Standing, K. Wattis, L. and Wain, S. (2011) The Disconnect between Policy Practices and Women’s Lived Experiences: combining work and life in the UK and the Netherlands, Community, Work and Family, 14 (1) pp 411 – 427

Wattis, L. Standing, K. Lloyd, S. and Lewis, J. (2010) 'The gendered nature of work-life balance', in: Ford, D. C. (ed) Fragmenting family? University of Chester: Chester Academic Press, pp 73-108

Dr. David Tyrer

David’s research interests are in the areas of race, racism and postcoloniality. David is interested in critical theory and post-structuralist political theory and he has particular interests in relations between states and members of racialised and ethnicised minorities, which he explored in the Race, Crime and Resistance (Sage 2011, jointly authored with Tina Patel), and through the case study of Islamophobia in his forthcoming monograph Islamophobia: Race, Power and Fantasy (Pluto Press, forthcoming 2012). David has also undertaken a range of independent and collaborative research including a joint study of satisfaction with the police among Black and Minority Ethnic victims of crime, funded by Merseyside Police (2011). David’s major current project is an exploration of the politics and aesthetics of phobia, for which he is currently seeking a publishing contract. He is also undertaking smaller scale project work on Patagonia, Wales and postcoloniality with Robert Jones (Cardiff University).

Selected publications

Patel, T. and Tyrer, D. (2011), Race, Crime and Resistance, London: Sage


Dr. Joe Yates

Joe is the Director of the School of Humanities and Social Science at LJMU. Joe has been involved in research activities, both as a research and a commissioner, for over 10 years. Joe’s research interests revolve around youth justice and policy responses to marginalised children involved in crime and antisocial behaviour, interactions between the criminal justice system and children with learning disabilities, ethnographic research methods and payment by results schemes. He has conducted research for the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales as well as for a range of community groups, non-governmental organisations and charities.

Selected publications

Yates, J and Fyson, R. (2011) ‘Anti Social Behaviour Orders and Young People with Learning Disability’ Critical Social Policy 31(1) pp 102 -125

Jamieson, J. and Yates, J. (2009) Young People, Youth Justice and the State, in: Coleman, R., Sim, J., Tombs, S. and Whyte, D. (eds) (2009) State, Power, Crime, London: Sage pp 76-89.

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