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Jake Phillips

Jake Phillips PhD, PGCert, MSc, BA (Hons), FHEA

Reader in Criminology


As Lecturer in Criminology I teach undergraduate students across all levels.

I also act as Academic Advisor for Level 4 and 5 students as well as dissertation supervisor at Level 6.

In addition to teaching I am involved in research and scholarly activities which centre mainly on probation and community sanctions and, more broadly, penology.

  • About

    I joined Sheffield Hallam University in September 2012 where I am involved in delivering core and optional modules on the criminology programmes as well as supervising dissertation students and conducting research.

    Prior to coming to Sheffield Hallam I was at the University of Cambridge where I completed my PhD which examined the culture of probation. I was also involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as conducting research into deaths under probation supervision and the implementation of a Bail Accommodation and Support Service.

    I have worked in various roles in the criminal justice system. The roles have all involved working with offenders in the community and have, at different times, focused on employment, training and education; drug using offenders; and housing support.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    I teach on undergraduate modules at all levels including: Graduate Research and Development, Controversies of Punishment, Experiencing Custodial and Community Sanctions, and Crime and Justice in the Information Age.

    I am module leader of Controversies of Punishment and Experiencing Custodial and Community Sanctions.

    I teach core criminological and penological theory modules at Levels 4 and 5 and teach on optional modules related to the prison, rehabilitation and punishment, and drugs, crime and justice.

  • Research

    My research centres on the intersection of policy and practice in the field of probation and community sanctions.

    I am currently engaged in research on: emotional labour in probation; the impact of inspection on probation; and the deaths of offenders in the community with a focus on self-inflicted deaths and access to justice.

    Previous projects include:

    • Using Practice Diaries to Understand Probation Practice across Europe with colleagues from 5 EU countries as part of the COST Network on Offender Supervision in Europe
    • Research which examines the process of privatisation in the English and Welsh probation service
    • Research on conceptualisations of the desistance process
  • Publications

  • Other activities

    Member of the Editorial Board and Book Reviews Editor (with Anne Robinson) for the British Journal of Community Justice
    Member of the Advisory Board of the European Journal of Probation
    Member of the British Society of Criminology and the Howard League for Penal Reform Associate Editor and Section Editor for Community Sanctions of International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
    Probation Journal editorial board
    British Journal of Community Justice editorial board
    European Journal of Probation advisory board
    Member of the British Society of Criminology
    Independent Academic Advisory Panel, Probation Institute
    Ministry of Justice Expert Network

  • Postgraduate supervision

    I am currently supervising two PhD students. The first is an analysis of Black women's experiences of the criminal justice system. The second is an exploration of how universities can reduce the attainment gap for BAME students.

    I am open to supervising PhD students - please email me to discuss relevant proposals.

  • Media

    Jake is a lecturer in criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests revolve around the probation service, particularly the impact of policy change on practice and culture in probation services. He also conducts research into desistance from offending as well as penology more broadly. He has a keen interest in the wave of privatisation currently occurring in the criminal justice system.

    Before coming to SHU in September 2012 Jake completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He has also conducted research into probation culture and probation workers’ values, Bail Accommodation and Support Schemes, and an analysis of data of deaths under probation supervision.

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