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Malcolm Cowburn

Professor Emeritus Malcolm Cowburn BA, MA, CQSW, MPhil, PhD, FHEA

Summary

While employed as an academic, my main areas of research were related to sexual violence, the management of diversity in prisons and applied social science research ethics. I have continued to publish in these areas since I retired.

More recently I have developed and additional interest in oral history. My first project (supported by the School of Law at the University of Plymouth) engaged with retired magistrates in North Devon - publication due Autumn 2019.

I am currently working for 'Beaford Hidden Histories' as an oral historian, managing a project that is gathering testimonies from people in rural North Devon about the life-styles represented in the photographs of Roger Deakins and James Ravilious that are held in the Beaford Archive (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.

I am currently the (freelance) Oral Historian with Beaford Hidden Histories project (https://beaford.org/oral-histories/).

  • About

    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). 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.

    I am currently the (freelance) Oral Historian with Beaford Hidden Histories project (https://beaford.org/oral-histories/).

  • Research

    I am currently working as an Oral Historian with Beaford 'Hidden Histories' project. I have also completed a personal oral history project with retired magistrates in the South West of England.

    Prior to developing these new interests, my main areas of research interest were

    Sex offenders and sexual violence
    Prisons and the management of diversity
    Research/applied ethics'

    I have three main areas of research interest

    Sex offenders and sexual violence
    Prisons and the management of diversity
    Research/applied ethics

    Research Funding

    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

  • Publications

    2019 (forthcoming) 'Summary justice in North Devon 1975-2018: an oral history'. Oral History, Autumn 2019

    2019 (in press) ‘Ethics and Criminology and Criminal Justice: from conceptualising to conduct’ (with Wahidin, A.) in Barnes, J. C. and Forde, D. R. (eds) The Encyclopedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Oxford: Wiley.

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    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.

  • Other activities

    Recent Professional activities

    2018-2019, Oral Historian, Beaford Hidden Histories, https://beaford.org/oral-histories/

    2014 - ongoing, Visiting Professor of Criminology, School of Law, University of Plymouth

    2010 - ongoing, Member of ESRC Peer Review College, Economic and Social Research Council

    2014 - 2016, Honorary Professor of Criminology, Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter

    2014 -2018, Member of South West, Exeter Research Ethics Committee

    2011 - 2013 Chair of British Society of Criminology Ethics Committee (from July 2011 AGM).

    Learned Journals

    Associate Editor
    2008- 2013 Journal of Sexual Aggression

    Editorial boards
    1997-2014 Journal of Sexual Aggression

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