Masterclass 2

Women, Work and Criminology: Are you in the ‘frame’ for leadership?

Dr Denise Martin, Dr Marisa Silvestri and Professor Azrini Wahidin

Thursday 6 July 15:00-16:30

Session Overview

Feeling the pressure of teaching, research, administration and life beyond and not sure about how best to navigate an academic career within criminology? You’re not alone - research on women, work and organisational life continues to emphasise the ways in which women experience the workplace in a distinctly gendered way. Whilst women and men are equally represented at lecturer level, things thereafter start to get worse: women hold only one-third of senior lecturer and senior manager positions, a quarter of professorships and only a fifth of UK higher education institutions are headed by a female vice-chancellor. Hosted by the Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network, Denise Martin (Reader in Criminology, University of the West of Scotland); Marisa Silvestri (Associate Professor in Criminology, Kingston University) and Azrini Wahidin (Professor of Criminology, Teesside University) reflect upon some of the key issues facing women working within academia and draw on their own career pathways to share some of the things that have worked well in their careers; things that haven’t worked so well, things that they wish they had done and things they wish they hadn’t.


Dr Denise Martin is an experienced HE teacher and researcher. She has taught in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice since 2004, prior to this she held various research posts and worked for organisations including the Children’s Society. She also enjoyed a stint as a Police Analyst for Bedfordshire Police, before undertaking her PhD at Middlesex University where she examined organisational change and public management in the police service. Subsequently Denise taught at Middlesex before leaving to take up a position at University of Brighton where she acted as course leader managing two degree programmes. In addition Denise had been involved in a number of research projects, acting as both Principal Investigator and Co-Pi, these projects have varied from examining teachers experiences of violence, to the professionalisation of prison staff, to evaluating Emergency Service Collaboration. She had co-edited two books and has published a number of articles. She is also a member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel and worked as an external examiner.

Dr Marisa Silvestri joined Kingston University as an Associate Professor in Criminology in December 2014. Prior to coming to Kingston, she was a Reader and head of the Crime & Criminal Justice Research Group at London South Bank University. Her main research interests lie in the broad field of policing, gender and criminal justice. More specifically her work has centred on exploring the position and role of women in police leadership and the gendered nature of the criminal justice system in relation to its impact on women offenders and victims, more broadly. She is currently working on exploring the gender impacts of the current police reform agenda on the selection of its chief officers. As a strong advocate of participatory action research with an emphasis on practitioner involvement, her work not only advances theoretical understandings of these issues but aims to inform policy and practice. Dr Silvestri has worked with national and international colleagues in facilitating workshops, seminars, round tables and conferences, engaging participation with those working in government, the voluntary sector and service users. She has also been invited to act as an academic adviser in a range of forums, most notably contributing oral and written evidence to the Independent Police Commission into the Future of Policing, led by Lord Stevens. She is Chair of the Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network (British Society of Criminology) and is a steering group member of the Policing Network (BSC). Dr Silvestri is currently on the Editorial Board of Policing & Society; an International Journal of Research & Policy and is Book Series Editor (with Megan O’Neill & Steve Tong) of Key Themes in Policing with Policy Press.

Professor Azrini Wahidin researches on the issues of imprisonment, youth justice, violence against women, women in the criminal justice system, transitions out of custody, the criminalisation of migrants, the engendering of punishment and the experiences of elders in prison in the UK and USA. Her previous work focused on older women in prison, managing the needs of elders in prison, the meaning of death and dying for prisoners, youth justice, older LGBT persons, resettlement, the body and dirt. Azrini has a wide interest in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, sexuality, gender and social exclusion. She also has a strong interest in research methodologies and research ethics. Azrini established the first undergraduate criminology programme at Kent University and at Queen’s University was Head of Criminology, providing academic leadership, strategic and operational management. Whilst at Queen’s, she was a member of the Senior Management Team, elected member to Academic Council and Senate and instrumental in the role out of Athena Swan in the Arts and Humanities. Azrini in her role as Research Chair at Nottingham Trent University and as Acting Head of Sociology, improved research income, research outputs and impact and helped drive the successful integration of different disciplines into one Department. She led on the teaching and research work of colleagues in sociology, criminology, public health, youth studies and youth justice. She provided academic leadership, strategic and operational management. She was a member of the Athena SWAN University wide team and the International and Strategic lead for the Department of Sociology.

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Friday 23rd June 2017

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