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BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Liverpool.
MA (by research), University of Liverpool.
Advanced Diploma in Education, University of Liverpool.
PhD, University of Lancaster.
Qualified Teacher Status and Graduate of the Institute of Personnel Management.
On completion of his undergraduate studies at the University of Liverpool Professor Scraton was a founder member of the Liverpool Traveller's Free School and the Gypsy and Traveller Education Council. His research Masters’ thesis, 'Images of Deviance and the Politics of Assimilation', examined the consequences of institutionalised racism on the Irish Travelling community in Liverpool. His doctoral thesis, 'Unreasonable Force: Class, Marginality and the Political Autonomy of the Police', focused on the use and abuse of police powers in the context of the inner-city uprisings of the early 1980s and the 1984-5 coal dispute. Both theses reflected a commitment to in-depth qualitative research. This work extended into researching deaths in controversial circumstances, particularly custody, and the issues arising from their investigation through coroners' inquests and public inquiries. He is co-founder of INQUEST.
Professor Scraton was a member of The Open University's 'Crime, Justice and Society' Course Team. He left the OU and was appointed Principal Lecturer at Edge Hill University where, with Dr Kathryn Chadwick, he established the Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice. He was Director of the Centre from 1986 to 2003, was promoted to Professor in 1990 and has held visiting professorships in Toronto, Melbourne and Sydney. In 2000 he was awarded a Nuffield grant to set up a disasters' research archive and an ESRC Seminars award to examine the aftermath of disasters and other traumatising events. He was appointed to a Chair in Criminology in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the School of Law, at Queen's in September 2003. In 2005 he was awarded a Visiting Scholarship to Monash University, Melbourne and in 2009 a Visiting Scholarship to Sydney Law School, University of Sydney. He was awarded a Lowenstein Research Fellowship to Amherst College, Massachusetts for 2013.
Professor Scraton's books include: Causes for Concern, Penguin, 1984 (ed. with Paul Gordon); The State of the Police, Pluto, 1985; In the Arms of the Law: Coroners' Inquests and Deaths in Custody, Pluto, 1987 (with Kathryn Chadwick); Law, Order and the Authoritarian State: Readings in Critical Criminology, Open University Press, 1987 (ed); Prisons Under Protest, Open University Press, 1991 (with Joe Sim and Paula Skidmore); No Last Rights: The Denial of Justice and the Promotion of Myth in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster, Alden Press, 1995 (with Ann Jemphrey and Sheila Coleman); 'Childhood' in 'Crisis' ?, UCL Press, 1997 (ed); Hillsborough: The Truth, Mainstream, 1999 (Revised 2000); Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent, Pluto, 2002. He is co-author of Children's Rights in Northern Ireland ( Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People) and The Hurt Inside: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls in Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, 2005), The Prison Within (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, 2007) and Childhood in Transition: Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Save the Children, 2009). He co-edited a Special Issue of the international journal, Social Justice (2006) on deaths in custody and detention, and edited a Special Issue of Current Issues in Criminal Justice (2008) on the criminalisation and punishment of children and young people. His latest books are Power, Conflict and Criminalisation, Routledge (2007), The Violence of Incarceration, Routledge (2009, ed. with Jude McCulloch), Hillsborough: The Truth, Mainstream, (2009, 3rd Edn) and The Incarceration of Women, Palgrave Macmillan, (forthcoming with Linda Moore). He has published widely in academic journals, edited collections, commissioned reports and academic encyclopaedias. He is a member of the Statewatch Editorial Collective, on the Editorial Board of Current Issues in Crime and Justice and the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, the Steering Group of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and is Chair of the Board of Include Youth.
In 2010 he was appointed by the Home Secretary to the Hillsborough Independent Panel. He led the Panel’s research, based at Queen’s and was primary author of its Report published in September 2012 to universal acclaim. He was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Prize for research impact in December 2012.
Crime and the Criminal Process
Childhood, Transition and Justice
MSSc in Criminal Justice and MSSc in Criminology: Modules - Gender, Sexuality and Violence; Comparative Youth Justice
MSSc/LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice: Module - Children's Rights.
DChild: Childhood, Rights and Justice; Youth Justice
Deaths in Controversial Circumstances (public inquiries, inquests, criminal investigation); Disasters Analysis ('rights' of the bereaved and survivors); Politics and Processes of Truth and Acknowledgement; Regulation and Criminalisation of Children and Young People; Children's Rights; Politics of Imprisonment and Prisoners' Resistances; Critical Theory and Critical Research (from the structural to the personal). Current funded research: ‘Understanding the Lives of Children and Young People in the Context of Conflict and Marginalisation; A Rights-based Approach’; Director of the ‘Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative’.
Hillsborough Independent Panel
Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative
Selected Publications (Articles)
‘Childhood in Transition: Growing Up in ‘Post-Conflict’ Northern Ireland’, Children’s Geographies, in press, 2013, (with Siobhán McAlister and Deena Haydon)
‘’Violence in the Lives of Children and Young People in ‘Post-Conflict’ Northern Ireland’, Childhood, Youth and Environments, Special Issue, in press, 2013 (with Deena Haydon and Siobhán McAlister)
‘Young People, Conflict and Regulation’ The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Vol 51:5 December 2012 (with Deena Haydon and Siobhán McAlister)
‘Place, Territory and Young People’s Identity in the ‘new’ Northern Ireland’ in B. Goldson (ed) ‘Youth in Crisis’? Gangs, Territoriality an Violence London: Routledge 2011 pp91-108 (with Siobhán McAlister and Deena Haydon)
‘Beyond the ‘Moment of Abolition’: An Essay in Memory of Louk Hulsman 1923-2009’ Studi sulla Questione Criminale Vol 4, No 1 2011
‘From Conflict to Peace? The Rights Abuses of Women and Girls in Prison in Northern Ireland’ Current Issues in Criminal Justice Vol 22:2 November 2010 pp269-286 (with Linda Moore)
‘Protests and “Riots” in the Violent Institution’ pp60-85 and ‘The Imprisonment of Women and Girls in the North of Ireland: A Continuum of Violence’ (with Linda Moore) pp124-144 in P.Scraton and J. McCulloch (eds) The Violence of Incarceration 2008, London: Routledge)
‘Hearing Voices, Bearing Witness: Reflections on Critical Analysis in Criminology’ in C. Powell (ed) Critical Voices in Criminology Maryland USA: Lexington Books, 2009, pp 143-184
‘“Hearing Voices”: Punishing women’s mental ill-health in Northern Ireland’s jails’ International Journal of Prisoner Health Special Issue: Prisoners’ Mental Health Vol 5 (3), 2009, pp153-165 (with Linda Moore)
‘Conflict, Regulation and Marginalisation in the North of Ireland: The Experiences of Children and Young People’ Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Special Issue Vol 20, No 1, 2008 pp59-78 (with Deena Haydon)
Deaths in Custody and Detention Social Justice: Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order Special Issue Vol 33, No 4. 2006 (co-edited with Jude McCulloch)
“The Denial of Children’s Rights and Liberties in the UK and Northern Ireland” in Gomes de Mattos and Taborda Lima (eds) Abuso de Poder do Estado na Atualidade (2006, Editoria America Juridica)
" 'In the Full Glare of English Politics: Ireland , Inquiries and the British State ' with (Bill Rolston) The British Journal of Criminology vol 45, no 4, 2005
" 'Degradation, Harm and Survival in a Women's Prison' Social Policy and Society vol 5, no1, 2005 (with Linda Moore)
" 'Streets of Terror: Marginalization, Criminalization and Authoritarian Renewal' Social Justice vol 31, nos 1-2, 2004