I worked at Sheffield Hallam University from September 2008 until March 2013 as a Principal Lecturer in Criminology. I was awarded a personal Chair in Applied Social Science in February 2010. I previously worked at Bradford (2 years) and Sheffield (12 years) Universities. My work spans criminology, sociology, social policy and social work. Prior to entering academia, I worked as a probation officer for 12 years and also managed a therapy centre that provided help to children and young people who had been sexually abused.
Since retirement I have been associated with two Universities in the South-West of England, the NRES Ethics committee in Exeter, Buckfast Abbey and MAPPA in Devon and Cornwall (see ‘Other Responsibilities below).
I have three main areas of research interest
Sex offenders and sexual violence
Prisons and the management of diversity
2010 Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Knowledge Exchange Small Grants. Opening up communicative space: towards a collaboratively generated impact in responding to Diversity in HMP Wakefield. Award number: RES-192-22-0047. Co-investigator; Principal Investigator Dr Victoria Lavis, University of Bradford. £3,876.00 http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/Grants/RES-192-22-0047/read
2009 Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). Appreciative inquiry into the Diversity Strategy of HMP Wakefield. Award number RES-000-22-3441. Principal Investigator; (Co-investigator Dr Victoria Lavis, University of Bradford); £79,719.27. (March-November 2009) http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-000-22-3441/read
COWBURN, Malcolm, GELSTHORPE, Loraine, WAHIDIN, Azrini (eds.) (2017). Research Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice – Politics, Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions. London; Routledge.
COWBURN, Malcolm (2017). ‘Researching sex crimes and sex offenders: some ethical and epistemological considerations’ In: COWBURN, Malcolm, GELSTHORPE, Loraine, WAHIDIN, Azrini (eds.) (2017). Research Ethics in Criminology: Politics, Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions. London; Routledge.
COWBURN, Malcolm, GELSTHORPE, Loraine, WAHIDIN, Azrini (2017). ‘Critical reflections: creating, curtailing and communicating academic freedoms’ In: COWBURN, Malcolm, GELSTHORPE, Loraine, WAHIDIN, Azrini (eds.) (2017). Research Ethics in Criminology: Politics, Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions. London; Routledge.
COWBURN, Malcolm (2017). ‘Values in probation with people who commit sex crimes’ In: PRIESTLEY, P., VANSTONE, M. (eds.) Probation and Politics: Academic Reflections from Former Practitioners. Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan.
COWBURN, Malcolm, MYERS, Steve (2016). Social Work with Sex Offenders. Bristol; Policy Press.
COWBURN, Malcolm, MYERS, Steve (2015) 'Sex offenders’. In: WRIGHT, James D. (ed)International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed), Vol 21. Oxford; Elsevier Inc. pp 672-677
COWBURN, M., DUGGAN, M., Robinson, A., & Senior, P. (Eds.). (2013). Values in Criminology and Community Justice. Bristol: Policy Press.
COWBURN, Malcolm, GELSTHORPE, L and WHAIDIN, A (2016). Critical reflections: Creating, curtailing and communicating academic freedoms. In: COWBURN, Malcolm, GELSTHORPE, L and WHAIDIN, A, (eds.) Research ethics in criminology : dilemmas, issues and solutions. Abingdon, Routledge, 220-227.
COWBURN, Malcolm (2016). Researching sex crimes and sex offenders: Some ethical and epistemological considerations. In: COWBURN, Malcolm, GELSTHORPE, Loraine and WHAIDIN, Azrini, (eds.) Research ethics in criminology : dilemmas, issues and solutions. Abingdon, Routledge, 115-132.
COWBURN, Malcolm (2016). Values in Work with People Who Commit Sex Crimes. In: VANSTONE, Maurice and PRIESTLEY, Philip, (eds.) Probation and politics : academic reflections from former practitioners. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 77-98.
COWBURN, Malcolm, GILL, Aisha K and HARRISON, Karen (2015). Speaking about sexual abuse in British South Asian communities: offenders, victims and the challenges of shame and reintegration. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21 (1), 4-15.
COWBURN, Malcolm (2013). Men researching violent men: epistemologies, ethics and emotions in qualitative research. In: PINI, Barbara and PEASE, Bob, (eds.) Men, masculinities and methodologies. Genders and sexualities in the social sciences . Basingstoke, Palgrave, 181-196.
AUSTEN, Liz and COWBURN, Malcolm (2013). Postmodernism and criminological thought : ‘Whose science? Whose knowledge?’. In: COWBURN, Malcolm, DUGGAN, Marian, ROBINSON, Ann and SENIOR, Paul, (eds.) Values in Criminology and Community Justice. Bristol, Policy Press, 21-38.
COWBURN, Malcolm and LAVIS, Victoria (2013). Using a prisoner advisory group to develop diversity research in a maximum-security prison. Groupwork, 23 (3), 32-44.
COWBURN, Malcolm, DUGGAN, Marian and POLLOCK, Ed (2013). Working with different values: extremism, hate and sex crimes. In: COWBURN, Malcolm, DUGGAN, Marian, ROBINSON, Ann and SENIOR, Paul, (eds.) Values in criminology and community justice. Bristol, Policy Press, University of Bristol, 343-358.
COWBURN, Malcolm (2011). Perceiving the continuum of sexual harm and the need for varied responses to sexual violence. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55 (2), 179-181.
COWBURN, M. (2010). Invisible men: social reactions to male sexual coercion - bringing men and masculinities into community safety and public policy. Critical social policy, 30 (2), 225-244.
NELSON, P. and COWBURN, M. (2010). Social work admissions : applicants with criminal convictions - the challenge of ethical risk assessment. The British journal of social work, 40 (4), 1081-1099.
COWBURN, M. (2010). Principles, virtues and care: ethical dilemmas in research with male sex offenders. Psychology, crime and law, 16 (1-2), 65-74.
DOEL, M., ALLMARK, P. J., CONWAY, P., COWBURN, M., FLYNN, M., NELSON, P. and TOD, A. (2009). Professional boundaries: crossing a line or entering the shadows? British journal of social work, 40 (6), 1866-1889.
COWBURN, M. and LAVIS, V. (2009). Race relations in prison: managing performance and developing engagement. British journal of community justice, 7 (3), 77-89.
COWBURN, M. (2008). The BME male sex offender in prison: overrepresentation and under-participation. In: Challenging boundaries : Social Policy Association conference, Edinburgh, June 23-25 2008.
COWBURN, M., LAVIS, V. and WALKER, T. (2008). BME sex offenders in prison: the problem of participation in offending behaviour groupwork programmes – a tripartite model of understanding. British journal of community justice, 6 (1), 19-34.
COWBURN, M., LAVIS, V. and WALKER, T. (2008). Black and minority ethnic sex offenders. Prison service journal, 178, 44-49.
COWBURN, M. (2007). Men researching men in prison: the challenges for profeminist research. Howard journal of criminal justice, 46 (3), 276-288.
COWBURN, M. and NELSON, P. (2007). Safe recruitment, social justice, and ethical practice: should people who have criminal convictions be allowed to train as social workers? Social work education, 27 (3), 293-306.
COWBURN, M. (2006). Constructive work with male sex offenders: male forms of life, language games and change. In: GORMAN, K., GREGORY, M., HAYLES, M. and PARTON, N., (eds.) Constructive Work with Offenders. London, Jessica Kingsley, 159-176.
COWBURN, M. (2005). Confidentiality and public protection: ethical dilemmas in qualitative research with adult male sex offenders. Journal of sexual aggression, 11 (1), 49-63.
COWBURN, M. (2005). Hegemony and discourse: reconstruing the male sex offender and sexual coercion by men. Sexualities, evolution and gender, 7 (3), 215-231.
IRFAN, S. and COWBURN, M. (2004). Disciplining, chastisement and physical child abuse: perceptions and attitudes of the British Pakistani community. Journal of Muslim minority affairs, 24 (1), 89-98.
COWBURN, M. and DOMINELLI, L. (2001). Masking hegemonic masculinity: reconstructing the paedophile as the dangerous stranger. British journal of social work, 31 (3), 399-414.
Recent Professional activities
2014 - 2016, Honorary Professor of Criminology, Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter
2013 - 2014, Co-opted member, Circles UK Research and Evaluation Sub-Committee
2014 - ongoing, Member of South West, Exeter Research Ethics Committee
2010 - ongoing, Member of ESRC Peer Review College, Economic and Social Research Council
2011 - 2013 Chair of British Society of Criminology Ethics Committee (from July 2011 AGM)
2011 - 2014 Member of Board of Trustees for Circles UK
2009 - 2014 Social Care Research Ethics Committee, Social Care Institute for Excellence, London; from 2012 Deputy-Vice Chair of the committee.
2008- 2013 Journal of Sexual Aggression
1997-2014 Journal of Sexual Aggression
2006-2009 Sociological Research Online (JCR Impact Factor 2007 Ranking: 51/96 in Sociology 2007 Impact Factor: 0.612)
2014 - ongoing, Independent Chair, Safeguarding Commission Buckfast Abbey
2014 - ongoing, South-West, Exeter NRES Committee Health Research Authority (Alternate Vice-Chair)
2014 - ongoing, Visiting Professor of Criminology, School of Law, University of Plymouth
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