Everyday Offending in Plymouth (1880-1920)
This is an interdisciplinary pilot study undertaken by colleagues across the Law School and includes input from history, sociology and geography for a much broader examination of everyday offending, past and present. It will help develop a better understanding of current law-breaking and crime management policies and their origins. This involves the examination of social conditions and the lives and experiences of offenders as well as analysing the role local bodies (such as the police, court missionaries/ probation officers, the courts and the media) play in crime control and moral regulation.
Supporting an Assessment of the Accommodation Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall
This research project, carried out in collaboration with Southern Horizons (UK) Ltd, was commissioned by Cornwall Council to fully assess Gypsies and Travellers accommodation requirements in the county. In doing so the research utilised existing data on Gypsy and Traveller settlements in the county alongside a specifically commissioned survey with Gypsies and Travellers to effectively identify need and potential accommodation provision.
Gambling, Indebtedness, and Social Harm
This research project is a response to the explosive popularisation of the gambling industry, an industry which has become normalised and linked, in its various forms, to late modern gendered identities and social circles, football fandom, and the night-time economy. However this research looks at the more socially deleterious effects of gambling, conceptualising it as a form of 'normalised harm' in consumer capitalism's blurred nexus between deviance and leisure. Looking at the diverse realms of betting and gambling in casinos, virtual gambling communities, and online bookmakers, this research focuses specifically upon the relationships between gambling, the night-time economy, football fandom, payday loans and a culture of indebtedness, and its associated markets for crime and deviance.