Dr Zoë James
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Dr Zoë James

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminology and Criminal Justice

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)

Role

Zoë James is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. She is also Associate Head of School for Criminology in Plymouth Law School.

Qualifications

Zoë attained her BSc (Hons) in Applied Sociology from the University of Surrey. She then went on to work for the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate in the 1990s where she worked on a broad range of research studies on criminal justice issues. Subsequently Zoë completed her PhD at the University of Surrey on the policing of New Travellers. Zoë joined Plymouth University in 1999.

Professional membership

Member, British Society of Criminology
Chair, British Society of Criminology South West Branch
Member, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD)
Advisory Board Member, International Network for Hate Studies

Teaching interests

Zoë James teaches at each stage of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies undergraduate degree programme at Plymouth, including the modules: Criminology and Crime Problems (Stage 1), Policing and Community Safety (Stage 2) and Organised Deviance: Cultures of Resistance (Stage 3). She also teaches on the MSc in Criminology and supervises a number of PhD students who are exploring issues in criminology. 

Research interests

Zoë James key research interests lie in policing issues, particularly relating to public order policing, plurality in policing and managing diversity. Her research has particularly focused on Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, including projects funded by the British Academy, local authorities, the Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government. More recently Zoë’s research has developed understandings of diversity in policing within a rural context and as part of a consideration of ‘hate’ crime. Additionally Zoë has carried out research projects on the management of anti-social behaviour, focusing particularly on the work of Family Intervention Projects. Her work has been published broadly in book chapters and journals and has been utilised to inform policy and practice in relation to Gypsies and Travellers. Zoë has presented her work at conferences nationally and internationally. Zoë is Chair of the South West branch of the British Society of Criminology and an Advisory Board Member of the International Network of Hate Studies.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Patsy Staddon, 'Women's Alcohol Use: Perceptions and 'Treatment''. 2009.
Magdalini Pipini, ‘Public attitudes towards crime and punishment and the factors underlying their construction’. 2013.
Sharon Beckett, 'Women and the Violent Workplace'. 2014.

Grants & contracts

Cornwall Council. (2015) Cornwall Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment. £11,358 (with Southern Horizons (UK) Ltd)

Plymouth City Council. (2013) Plymouth Families Project Evaluation. £5,000

Plymouth City Council. (2012) Plymouth Families Project Evaluation and Longitudinal Research Study. £5,000

Department for Communities and Local Government. (2010) Mapping Hate Crime in the South West. £20,000 (with Equality South West and Lesley Simmonds)

Plymouth Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. (2010) Plymouth Family Intervention Project Evaluation. £4,000

Plymouth Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. (2009) Plymouth Families Project: Evaluation. £3,200 (with Daniel Gilling)

Home Office. (2009) Evaluating the Impact of Local and National Information Dissemination Strategies on Public Confidence, Utilising National Tackling Drugs Week (NTDW) as a Case Study. £77,350 (with Daniel Gilling)

Devonport Regeneration Company. (2008) An Evaluation of Project 709: Addressing anti-social behaviour in Devonport. £5,625 (with Daniel Gilling)

Plymouth Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. (2008) Plymouth Families Project: An Evaluation. £1,600

Vice-Chancellors Community Research Award. (2008) Legal Advice for Gypsies and Travellers £4,022 (with CAB and Lesley Simmonds)

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. (2007) Plymouth Head Camera Project: Public Relations Evaluation. £1,250 (with SERIO) 

Plymouth City Council. (2007) Devon-wide Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessment: Plymouth Analysis. £1,000 (with SRRU)

Devon-wide Local Authorities. (2006) Devon-wide Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessment. £70,000 (with SRRU)

British Academy Small Grant. (2005) Policing the Margins: an analysis of the management of New Travellers. £3,773.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
James ZC & smith O 2017 'Introduction to the Special Edition: Brexit Criminology' Safer Communities , DOI PEARL
James ZC & Smith D 2017 'Roma inclusion post Brexit: a challenge to existing rhetoric?' Safer Communities , DOI PEARL
James Z & Simmonds L 2013 'Exploring Prejudice: Managing Hate Crime in the South West of England' Crime Prevention and Community Safety 15, (4) 241-257 , DOI
James Z & Simmonds L 2010 'The Advice Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Plymouth: Final Report' Crimes and Misdemeanours: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective 4, (1) 53-56
James Z 2007 'Policing Marginal Spaces: Controlling Gypsies and Travellers' Criminology and Criminal Justice 4, (7) 367-389 , DOI
James Z 2006 'Policing space - Managing new travellers in England' British Journal of Criminology 46, (3) 470-485 , DOI
James Z 2005 'Eliminating communities? Exploring the implications of policing methods used to manage New Travellers' International Journal of the Sociology of Law 33, (3) 159-168 , DOI
Barton A & James Z 2003 ''Run to the Sun': Policing Contested Perceptions of Risk' Policing and Society 3, (13) 259-270 , DOI
Chapters
James Z 2014 'Hate Crimes Against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma in Europe' in Hall N; Corb A; Giannasi P; Grieve J The International Handbook of Hate Crime Routledge
James Z 2014 'Policing Hate Against Gypsies and Travellers: Dealing with the Dark Side' in Chakraborti N Responding to Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research Policy Press
James Z 2013 'Offenders or Victims?: An exploration of Gypsies and Travellers as a policing paradox' in Phillips C New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. Routledge
James Z 2011 'Gypsies and Travellers in the Countryside: managing a risky population' in Yarwood R; Mawby RI Constable Countryside? Policing, Governance and Rurality Aldershot Ashgate
James Z 2006 'Controlling Accommodation: Policing Gypsies and Travellers' in Dearling A Supporting Safer Communities - Housing Crime and Neighbourhoods Chartered Institute of Housing
Internet Publications
James Z 2013 'Challenging hatred towards Gypsies, Travellers and Roma: A missed opportunity'
Reports
James ZC & Southern R 2016 Supporting an Assessment of the Accommodation Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall (2015). Cornwall Council Plymouth University Author Site PEARL
Greenfields M, James ZC & Berlin J 2015 Bridging the Gap between Academics and Policy Makers: Crime and Punishment: Gypsies, Travellers and Roma in the criminal justice system. Author Site PEARL
James Z 2013 Plymouth Families Project Evaluation 2012. Plymouth Plymouth University PEARL
James Z & Green T 2013 Plymouth Family Intervention Project Longitudinal Review: 2008-2013. Plymouth Plymouth University PEARL
James Z & Simmonds L 2012 Exploring Prejudice: Mapping Hate Crime in the South West. Research Report Plymouth Plymouth University PEARL
James Z 2012 Plymouth Families Project Evaluation 2011. Plymouth Plymouth University PEARL
James Z 2011 Whole Family Assessment Tool: Measuring Outcomes for Families. Delivering Effective Intensive Support to Families - The Plymouth Way 2011 Plymouth Plymouth City Council
James Z 2010 Plymouth Families Project Evaluation 2010. Research Report Plymouth University of Plymouth PEARL
Gilling D, James Z & Bell L 2009 Evaluating the Impact of Local and National Information Dissemination Strategies on Publoic Confidence Utilising National Tackling Drugs Week (NTDW) as a Case Study.
James Z & Gilling D 2009 Plymouth Families Project Evaluation 2009. Research Report Plymouth University of Plymouth
Gilling D & James Z 2008 Evaluation of Project 709: Addressing Anti-Social Behaviour in Devonport. Research Report Plymouth SERIO, University of Plymouth
James Z, Simmonds L & Browning R 2008 The Legal Advice Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Plymouth. Research Report Plymouth University of Plymouth PEARL
James Z & Southern R 2007 Devon-wide Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Analysis: Plymouth Analysis. PEARL
James Z & Southern R 2007 Plymouth Head Camera Project: Public Relations Evaluation.
Southern R & James Z 2006 Devon-wide Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessment. PEARL