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Professor Ian Loader

University Academic Fellow since 2005
Professor of Criminology
I am currently working on a project – termed ‘A Better Politics of Crime’ - concerned with different dimensions of the relationship between crime control and democratic politics. The first strand of work on this project was brought together in a Public Criminology? (Routledge, 2011). The next key stage will be a monograph (co-authored with Richard Sparks) with the working title of Crime Control and Political Ideologies which is in the early stages of preparation. The project also includes a forthcoming co-edited volume on Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration (with Albert Dzur and Richard Sparks, Oxford UP) and a book on Justice and Penal Reform that arises from his involvement with the Howard League’s symposium on ‘What is Justice?’ (co-edited with Barry Goldson and Steve Farrall). I am also co-editing a Handbook of Global Policing.
Professor Ian Loader
  • Background

    • University Academic Fellow, All Souls College (from 2005)
    • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Criminology, Keele University (from 1992 to 2005)
    • Lecturer in Criminology and Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh (from 1990 to 1992)
    • Postgraduate, University of Edinburgh (from 1987 to 1993)
    • Lecturer in Law, Liverpool Polytechnic (from 1986 to 1987)
    • Undergraduate, University of Sheffield (from 1983 to 1986)
  • Research interests

    • Policing and security
    • Penal culture and politics
    • Public sensibilities towards crime, order, and justice
    • The relationship between crime control and political culture and ideologies
    • Criminology and social and political theory
  • Selected publications

    • (with Neil Walker), Civilizing Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
    • (with Aogan Mulcahy), Policing and the Condition of England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
    • (jointly), Crime and Social Change in Middle England (London: Routledge, 2000).
    • Youth, Policing and Democracy (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996).
    • (jointly) Cautionary Tales (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Centre for Criminology, 1994).
  • Teaching and supervision

    • Criminological theory, policing and security
    • Crime, political ideologies and political culture
    • Graduate supervision offered in all areas of research listed
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • Member of the Council, Liberty (from 2008 to 2010)
    • Member, Commission on English Prisons Today (from 2007 to 2009)
    • Co-convener, with the Police Foundation, Oxford Policing Policy Forum
    • Trustee, Police Foundation (from 2007)
    • Editor of the British Journal of Criminology
    • Associate Editor of Theoretical Criminology
    • Member of the editorial boards of Policing and Society, and International Political Sociology
    • Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, Florence (2004)
  • Research awards and grants

    • £89,000 from The Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled ‘Shopping for Security: The Meanings and Effects of Security Consumption’ (from 2007 to 2009).