Mr Jason Warr

Job: Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7084

E: Jason.warr@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

A VC2020 Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice, and early career academic, at De Montfort University, Jason had a non-standard entrance into academia. Beginning as a mature student, he read Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics before making the move to Criminology.

Specialising in the philosophy of causation in criminological theory he secured an MPhil in Criminological Research at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (ESRC funded). This work later became the basis of the book: An Introduction to Criminological Theory and the Problem of Causation. It is also at this Institution where his Doctoral research has been conducted. The thesis is entitled: The Prison Based Forensic Psychologist: in Person and Practice.

Between 2005 – 2008 he was a guest Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire presenting lectures to trainee probation officers in the London area on the life sentence and the effects of long term imprisonment. He has also been a guest lecturer for both Leicester and De Montfort Universities. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. 

Whilst completing his PhD Jason also worked as a Programme Manager and Research Co-ordinator with the third sector organisation User Voice. There he both delivered projects and conducted research in a number of criminal justice settings including: prisons, probation, youth justice, and forensic mental health

Research interests/expertise

  • Prison
  • Punishment
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Ethics

Areas of teaching

  • Media and Crime
  • Penology
  • Mental Health and Crime
  • Drugs, Substance Misuse and Crime

Qualifications

  • 2008 PhD in Criminological Research, Prisons Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • September 2007 – September 2008 MPhil in Criminological Research, Prisons Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • September 2004 – September 2007 BSc 2:1 (Hons) in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics and Political Science

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • 2015 December  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Conference attendance

  • 2017 December Conference Paper: ‘Spatial and Professional Territoriality: The Experience of Prison Psychologists’, 2nd International Conference for Carceral Geography, University of Birmingham.

  • 2017 July Conference Paper: ‘The Identity Labour of Indeterminately Sentenced Prisoners’, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University.   
      
  • 2017 Jun Conference Paper: ‘Legitimation or Signification? A Question for Prison Research’, Rethinking Prison Research, Symposium, University of Leicester.

  • 2016. Sep Conference Paper: ‘The Communicative and Expressive Functions of Prison Violence’, European Society of Criminology Annual International Conference: Muenster

  • 2016. Jul Conference Paper: ‘The Emotive and Emotional Labour of Forensic Psychologists working in Prisons’, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: Nottingham Trent University

  • 2016. Jun Workshop Paper: ‘Indeterminately Sentenced Prisoners: Navigating the Simulacra’, IISL Workshop: Critical Prison Studies, Carceral Ethnography, and Human Rights: From Lived Experience to Global Action, Institut International De Sociologie Juridique: Onati.

  • 2015. Sep Conference Paper: ‘Subject to Power: The Vulnerabilities of Forensic Psychologists Working in Prisons’, European Society of Criminology Annual International Conference: Porto

  • 2015. Jul Conference Paper: ‘Transformative Dialogues: Privileging the Informal in Prison Education’, HMP Grendon Annual Symposium: The Transformational Potential of Prison Education

  • 2014. Dec Conference Paper: ‘Rehabilitation in Prisons: A Frontline Perspective’, Westminster Legal Policy Forum Keynote Seminar: Prisons in England & Wales – Modernisation, Rehabilitation and Offender Management

  • 2014. Jun Conference Paper: ‘The Deprivation of certitude, legitimacy and hope: foreign national prisoners and the pains of imprisonment’ at European Society of Criminology Annual International Conference: Prague

  • 2013. Jun Conference Paper: ‘Expansion in an Age of Contraction - Does Prison Size Matter?’ at the HM Prison Services Annual Perrie Lecture, HMPS Training College, Newbold Revel.

  • 2013. May Conference Paper: ‘Imagined Rehabilitation - the Seven Pathways Examined’ at the London Practitioners Forum, London Metropolitan University.

  • 2012. Jul Master Class for American Military Historians on prisoner deprivations and mortifications, legitimacy/illegitimacy and post-release effects. Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

  • 2012. May Conference Paper: ‘Current and Historical Problems in Prison Based Education’, National Offender Learning Conference.

  • 2010. Jul Conference Paper: ‘Power, Space and the Experience of the Modern Prison’, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: University of Leicester

  • 2008. Nov Panelist at the Longford Memorial Debate: ‘We cannot build our way out of the prisons crisis’. Chaired by Jon Snow the other panelists were Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Sir Ian Blair and Phil Wheatley.

Key research outputs

Articles

  • Warr, J (2016), Transformative Dialogues: Privileging the Informal in Prison Education, Prison Service Journal, 225, 18-25, ISSN: 0300-3558
  • Warr, J (2016) The deprivation of certitude, legitimacy and hope: foreign national prisoners and the pains of imprisonment. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 16 (3): 301-318
  • Crewe, B and Warr, J and Bennett, P and Smith, A (2014) The emotional geography of prison life, Theoretical Criminology, 18 (1): 56-74
  • Warr, J (2014) Expansion in an age of contraction: does prison size matter. Prison Service Journal, 211, 25-30

Books

  • Warr, J (2017) An Introduction to Criminological Theory and the Problem of Causation, Palgrave MacMillan

Book Chapters

  • Warr, J (2016) ‘The Prisoner: Inside and Out’, in: Y Jewkes, B Crewe and J Bennett (Eds), Handbook of Prisons 2nd Edn. Routledge, London and New York.
  • Warr, J (2012) ‘Afterword’, in B Crewe and J Bennett (Eds), The Prisoner, Routledge.
  • Warr, J (2008) ‘Personal Reflections on Prison Staff’, in J Bennett, B Crewe and A Wahidin (Eds), Understanding Prison Staff. Willan/Routledge.

Reviews

  • Warr, J (2011) Review: ‘Psychological Therapy in Prisons and Other Secure Settings’, by G Towl, J Harvey and K Smedley (13 Dec 2010), The British Journal of Community Justice, Vol. 9(1)  

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