Keynotes

The British Society of Criminology Conference 2018 will feature a wide range of talks, panels and round table discussions. These will feature contributions from our keynote speakers.

Below, you'll find information about all of our keynote speakers, detailing their background and current interests.


British Society of Criminology Conference 2018 Dr Ben Crews 350x263 Dr Ben Crewe is Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre and Reader in Penology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology and the Prison Service Journal, is an International Associate Board member of Punishment and Society, and is one of the series editors of Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology (with Yvonne Jewkes and Thomas Ugelvik).

Ben has published widely on prisons and imprisonment, including his book The Prisoner Society: Power, Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison. He recently finished an ESRC-funded study of prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age (with Susie Hulley and Serena Wright), and is currently leading a five-year, European Research Council-funded research programme titled 'Penal policymaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis’. 


British Society of Criminology Conference 2018 Jeff Ferrell 350x263 Jeff Ferrell is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK.

He is author of the books Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, Empire of Scrounge, and, with Keith Hayward and Jock Young, the first and second editions of Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, winner of the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology.

He is co-editor of the books Cultural Criminology, Ethnography at the Edge, Making Trouble, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, and Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime. Jeff Ferrell is founding and current editor of the New York University Press book series Alternative Criminology, and one of the founding editors of Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, winner of the ALPSP 2006 Charlesworth Award for Best New Journal.

In 1998 Ferrell received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the Critical Criminology Division of the American Society of Criminology. His latest book, Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge, is published with University of California Press. 


British Society of Criminology Conference 2018 Professor Yvonne Jewkes 350x263Professor Yvonne Jewkes was appointed Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent in December 2017.

Her main research interest is prisons and the sociology of imprisonment, especially prison design and prison culture, including social networks, constructions of masculine identities and flows of power in prisons.

She has recently completed a major ESRC-funded study of prison architecture, design and technology and a project on designing ‘healthy’, trauma-sensitive prisons for women, which was funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

She has also recently researched the potential role of computer-mediated technologies on the everyday lives and future prospects of prisoners; and the particular problems that face elderly inmates, from the poor design of prisons to end-of-life healthcare.

She recently published the second, revised edition of The Handbook on Prisons (co-edited with Ben Crewe and Jamie Bennett, Routledge, 2016) and is currently writing both a research monograph (co-authored with Dominique Moran and Jen Turner), Prison Design, Punishment and Carceral Space: The Architecture of Incarceration, and (with Hannah Thurston) a textbook on Prisons and Imprisonment (both for Palgrave). She is one of the series editors of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology and a member of the Prisons Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

She is also known for her work on media and crime and is the author of the best selling Media and Crime (currently in its third edition, 2015) and Media and Crime in the USA, co-authored with Travis Linnemann (Sage, 2017).

Before coming to Kent, she was Research Professor in Criminology at the University of Brighton and prior to that she was Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. She is also currently Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


British Society of Criminology Conference 2018 Michael Levi 350x263 Michael Levi has been Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University since 1991.  He has researched the control of white-collar and organised crime, corruption and money laundering/financing of terrorism since 1972.

In the last four years, he has been awarded the Distinguished Scholarship award of the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime; the Sellin-Glueck prize for international and comparative criminology by the American Society of Criminology, for his work on white-collar and organised crime; and he was Runner-Up for the ESRC’s International Impact Prize, 2017.  

He has recently completed work on the detection of insider cyber threats and pathways to cyber-enabled fraud; co-led an evaluation of the criminalisation of organised crime membership and special investigative measures in the EU; researched the extent and impact of 'de-risking' of customers by banks internationally, and how national anti-money laundering evaluations are carried out.  

Current projects include the detection and prevention of online mass marketing frauds; and how domestic and transnational bribery are financed.  His books include The Phantom Capitalists; Regulating Fraud; and Drugs and Money.


Edmund Clarke Image 350x263

In keeping with the conference theme of transforming criminology, Edmond Clark will be attending BSC 2018 as a keynote speaker.

Following from his illustrious residency as Ikon’s artist-in-residence (2014-2018) at HMP Grendon. The current exhibition culminates his Grendon residency and includes photography, videography and installations.

Clark has detailed a venerable interest in incarceration and associated effects.

During the residency at the therapeutic prison he was immersed himself within the routines of the prison and engaged in-depth with inmates, prison officers and therapeutic staff alike. Enthused by the unique insight into the essence of Grendon and bound by the constraints of detailing the identity of inmates and security infrastructure; Clark’s work responds by exploring the notions of visibility, trauma and self-image.


Postgraduate Research Conference Keynote Speakers

David Wilson - Professor of Criminology David Wilson's work concerns serious violent crime – especially murder and serial murder.

Having worked with a number of British serial killers and on police investigations related to linked murders, David has used these experiences within his research and teaching, most notably within the Applied Criminology Module on the BA Criminology.

He appears regularly in the print and broadcast media – most recently on Channel 4's 'Interview with a Murderer', ITV1’s 'Bring Back Borstal' and on Channel 5’s 'David Wilson’s Psychopaths'.

In 2013 he was made a National Teaching Fellow; he was the Vice Chair of the Howard League for Penal Reform (1999-2014); he was also the Chair of the Friends of Grendon; and Vice President of New Bridge.

Upon his retirement in April 2017, he was named an Emeritus Professor of Birmingham City University.


British Society of Criminology Conference 2018 Thomas Raymen 350x263 Dr Thomas Raymen is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law, Criminology and Government at Plymouth University.

Thomas is an early-career researcher who was awarded his PhD in 2017. His research interests focus upon the relationship between consumer capitalism, harm and commodified leisure.

He is the co-founder of the deviant leisure research network and co-editor of the deviant leisure book series with Emerald publishers.

Thomas has published a variety of articles and chapters on topics such as violence, gambling, crime prevention and urban space, leisure and harm, tourism and environmental harm, and dystopian fiction. His current research is dedicated to developing a theory for social harm rooted in a post-liberal ethics.

He is the author of two forthcoming monographs: Parkour, Deviance and Leisure in the Late-Capitalist City: An Ethnography (2018) with Emerald, and Deviant Leisure and Social Harm (2019) with Policy Press and co-authored with Dr Oliver Smith.