Criminology honours

Professors Peter Squires and John Lea have been recognised for their contribution to criminology by the British Society of Criminology (BSC).

New President

Professor Peter Squires, Professor of Criminology & Public Policy, has been elected as the new president of the British Society of Criminology (BSC).BRIGHTON UNIVERSITY 30 NOVEMBER 2012: PHOTO: ANDY WEEKES / 07836 566295
In his new role starting this summer, Professor Squires will be responsible for leading the society and developing its strategic direction.
Professor Squires, who has worked at the university since 1986, described being selected to represent the BSC as a “real honour”.
He said: “I originally joined the BSC Executive because it felt important to try to help communicate a better understanding of crime and justice, and crime-related problems, to a wider audience. Now, as president I hope it will be possible to continue to develop that agenda.”
“Criminology is a subject which grew significantly in the post-92 universities, so it is important to reflect the particular types of contributions made here – especially in an age of ‘research concentration’ and research fund scarcity, whilst also helping to develop the criminological curriculum develop in ways that are attractive and inspiring to potential students.”

Lifetime achievement

Professor John Lea, Visiting Professor of Criminology at the university, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to criminology.

The prestigious British Society of Criminology (BSC) Outstanding Achievement Award is presented once a year and recognises the research contribution of academics in the field.

John Lea

Professor Lea was nominated for his work toward the development of criminological theory and research on victimisation and police racism.

He said: “It’s not just a reward for me but for all the students and colleagues who have been the critical audience of first resort for any useful contribution I’ve been able to make to the development of my perspective in criminology and social science.”

Professor Lea will receive the award during the BSC annual conference at the University of Plymouth between 1 and 3 July.




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