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.
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.
Department Of Law and Criminology
Social Sciences and Arts
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.
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
Westaby, C., Fowler, A., & Phillips, J. (2019). Managing emotion in probation practice: display rules, values and the performance of emotional labour by probation practitioners in their interactions with client. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlcj.2019.100362
Phillips, J. (2019). What should happen after the death of a probationer? Learning from suicide investigations in prison. Probation Journal.
Phillips, J. (2019). What went wrong with attempts to outsource probation? Lessons from the Transforming Rehabilitation programme in England and Wales. Archbold Review, (7), 5-10. https://www.archbolde-update.co.uk/PDF/2019/Archbold%20Review%20-%20Issue%207%20PRESS.pdf
Phillips, J., Gelsthorpe, L., & Padfield, N. (2019). Deaths while under probation supervision: what role for human rights legislation? Political Quarterly. http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12746
Phillips, J. (2019). Probation and politics: Academic reflections from former practitioners. Palgrave Macmillan 2016. The british journal of criminology, 59 (2), 501-503. http://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy053
Phillips, J., Fowler, A., & Westaby, C. (2018). Self-disclosure in criminal justice: what form does it take and what does it achieve? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62 (12), 3890-3909. http://doi.org/10.1177/0306624x17751528
Phillips, J., Gelsthorpe, L., & Padfield, N. (2017). Non-custodial deaths: Missing, ignored or unimportant? Criminology and Criminal Justice. http://doi.org/10.1177/1748895817745939
Phillips, J. (2017). Towards a rhizomatic understanding of the desistance journey. The Howard Journal Of Crime and Justice, 56 (1), 92-104. http://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12193
Knight, C., Phillips, J., & Chapman, T. (2016). Bringing the feelings back : returning emotions to criminal justice practice. British journal of community justice, 14 (1), 45-58. http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/
Westaby, C., Phillips, J., & Fowler, A. (2016). Spillover and work-family conflict in probation practice: Managing the boundary between work and home life. European Journal of Probation, 8 (3), 113-127. http://doi.org/10.1177/2066220316680370
Phillips, J., Westaby, C., & Fowler, A. (2016). “It’s relentless”: the impact of working primarily with high risk offenders. Probation Journal, 63 (2), 182-192. http://doi.org/10.1177/0264550516648399
Phillips, J. (2016). Myopia and misrecognition : the impact of managerialism on the management of compliance. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 16 (1), 40-59. http://doi.org/10.1177/1748895815594664
Rokkan, T., Phillips, J., Lulei, M., Polenda, S., & Kensey, A. (2015). How was your day? : exploring a day in the life of probation workers across Europe using practice diaries. European Journal of Probation, 7 (3), 201-217. http://doi.org/10.1177/2066220315610242
PHILLIPS, J. (2015). What Works in Offender Compliance: International Perspectives and Evidence-Based Practice P.Ugwudike and P.Raynor (Eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2013) 384pp. £27.50pb ISBN 9781137019547. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 (4), 403-404. http://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12139_1
Phillips, J. (2014). The architecture of a probation office: a reflection of policy and an impact on practice. Probation Journal, 61 (2), 117-131. http://doi.org/10.1177/0264550514523814
Phillips, J. (2014). Probation in the news: transforming rehabilitation. British Journal of Community Justice, 12 (1), 27-48. http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/volume-12-issue-1/
Dominey, J., & Phillips, J. (2012). Complexity, realism and morality: consultations on probation reform. Criminal Justice Matters, 90 (1), 28-29. http://doi.org/10.1080/09627251.2012.751224
Phillips, J. (2011). Target, audit and risk assessment cultures in the probation service. European Journal of Probation, 3 (3), 108-122. http://doi.org/10.1177/206622031100300308
PHILLIPS, J. (2011). What Else Works? Creative Work with Offenders by J. Brayford, F. Cowe, and J. Deering. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50 (2), 230-231. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2011.00661_5.x
Phillips, J. (2010). The social construction of probation in England and Wales, and the United States : implications for the transferability of probation practice. British journal of community justice, 8 (1). http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/
Phillips, J. (2010). Review: Risks, Identities and the Everyday. Probation Journal, 57 (1), 89-90. http://doi.org/10.1177/0264550509346098
Fletcher, D. (2020). The 'fearsome frowning face of the state' and ex-prisoners: promoting employment or alienation, anger and perpetual punishment? In Albertson, K., Corcoran, M., & Phillips, J. (Eds.) Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice. Bristol University Press
Ugwudike, P., & Phillips, J. (2019). Compliance during community-based penal supervision. In Ugwudike, P., Graham, H., McNeill, F., Raynor, P., Taxman, F., & Trotter, C. (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Rehabilitative-Work-in-Criminal-Justice-1st/Ugwudike-Graham-McNeill-Raynor-Taxman-Trotter/p/book/9781138102057
Fowler, A., Phillips, J., & Westaby, C. (2017). Understanding emotions as effective practice. The performance of emotional labour in building relationships. In Ugwudike, P., Raynor, P., & Annison, J. (Eds.) Evidence-based skills in community justice : international research on supporting rehabilitation and desistance. Bristol: Policy Press: http://policypress.co.uk/evidence-based-skills-in-criminal-justice#book-detail-tabs-stison-block-content-1-0-tab1
Phillips, J. (2013). Understanding ‘the relationship’in English probation supervision. In Durnescu, I., & McNeill, F. (Eds.) Understanding Penal Practice. Routledge
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
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.
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.