Organising Committee


Barry Godfrey is Professor of Social Justice at Liverpool University and Director of Research for the School of Law and Social Justice. He has over twenty years of experience in researching the history of crime and policing; comparative criminology, particularly international crime history; desistence; longitudinal patterns of offending and sentencing. His latest books include Criminal Lives (2007); Serious Offenders (2010); Policing the Factory (2013); and Crime in England 1880-1945: The Rough, The Police; and the Incarcerated (2013).


Professor Barry Goldson currently holds the Charles Booth Chair of Social Science having previously been Professor of Criminology and Social Policy. He is perhaps best known for his work in the area of youth criminology and youth/juvenile justice studies, fields within which he has earned significant visibility and international standing. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Crime and Society Research Centre at the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Free University of Brussels) and he is the UK representative on the Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR), an expert panel established by the European Commission and the Council of Europe to advise on European youth policy and research.


Dr Lynn Hancock is Lecturer in Sociology (Criminology) in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. Her research specialisms are situated at the intersection of urban and social policy and criminology and in the study of public involvement in and responses to criminal justice. Recent publications include: ‘'Welfare Ghettos' and the 'Broken Society': Territorial Stigmatisation in the Contemporary UK’, Housing, Theory and Society (2013), with Gerry Mooney (OU), and ‘Beyond the Penal State: Advanced Marginality, Social Policy and “Anti-Welfarism”’ in P. Squires and J. Lea (eds) Criminalisation and Advanced Maginality: Critically Exploring the work of Loïc Wacquant, Bristol: Polity Press (2012), with Gerry Mooney.


Dr Ross McGarry is Lecturer in Sociology within the department of sociology, social policy and criminology. He has previously conducted research with British soldiers from the War in Iraq and is currently engaged in research on British military repatriations. He is the author and co-author of a number of edited book chapters and journal articles addressing the intersections of criminology, victimology, war and military sociology; most notably appearing in the international journals: Crime Media Culture (2011), the British Journal of Criminology (2011), the International Journal of Human Rights (2012) and Armed Forces & Society (2013). He is also the co-author (with Sandra Walklate) of 'Victims: Trauma, Testimony and Justice', and 'Transgressing the Borders: Criminology and War', both forthcoming from Routledge.


Dr Gabe Mythen joined the Department in 2007 and is a Reader in Criminology. During his time at Liverpool Gabe's research has sought to elucidate the relationship between crime, risk and security. This has involved working on empirical projects evaluating the impacts of counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization initiatives on Muslim minority groups as well as continuing interrogation of the deployment of concepts of risk and resilience in policy making and academic circles.


Professor Sandra Walklate is currently head of the department of sociology, social policy and criminology and Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology. She has worked on issues relating to criminal victimisation since the early 1980s and is currently writing a book with Gabe Mythen 'The Cultural Contradictions of Terrorism' due to be published by Routledge in 2014 and an edited collection with Ross McGarry on 'Criminology and War: Transgressing the Borders' also due to be published by Routledge in 2014. She recently edited a 4 volume collection on Gender and Crime in the Routledge Major Works series that was published in 2012 and is working with Gabe and Ross on a project bases around Wootton Bassett exploring repatriation, soldiering, and resilience.