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Critical Realism: Research, Politics, Policy




Speaker: Professor Rogers Matthews - University of Kent

Series: Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism research seminar series

Some commentators have argued that despite the exponential growth in the criminological enterprise that it is becoming increasingly socially and politically irrelevant. This paper examines these claims and makes some suggestions - drawing on the contribution of critical realism - about how we might develop a more 'public criminology'. The paper takes issue with dominant approaches within contemporary criminology and presents an alternative approach that is designed to be both critical and useful.

About the speaker

Professor Matthews is Professor of Criminology and Director of Studies for the MA in Criminology at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. 

His main research interests centre around issues of crime and punishment, with a particular focus on crime prevention and community safety on one hand and prisons and penal policy on the other. He has conducted research on armed robbery, shoplifting, and the use of CCTV cameras, disorder and anti-social behaviour. In relation to punishment, he has conducted research on diversion from custody, developing alternatives to prison and evaluating the use of community based sanctions. In addition he has conducted research on prostitution and sex trafficking involving comparative studies across Europe and more detailed studies in the UK.

He was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University between 1977 and 1990. He joined the University of Leicester as a Senior Lecturer from 1990 to 1993. From there he became a Reader and Professor of Criminology at Middlesex University between 1993 and 2004. Before joining SSPSSR, He was a Professor of Criminology at London South Bank University from 2004 to 2011.

He holds a PhD (University of Essex), MA in Sociology/Criminology (University of Sussex) and a BA (Hons) in Social Science (Middlesex University).

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4.00pm - 5.30pmThursday 16th October 2014

D427 Social Sciences Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism

City University London
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+44 (0)20 7040 8457

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