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Professor Malcolm Cowburn

PhD, MPhil, MA, CQSW, BA, & FHEA


Honorary Professor of Criminology

In June 2014 I was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Criminology at the University of Exeter.

I am an Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Science at Sheffield Hallam University, having taken early retirement in March 2013.

I have previously worked at Sheffield Hallam University (5 years), Bradford University (2 years) and Sheffield University (12 years).  Prior to entering academia, I worked as a probation officer for 12 years and also managed a therapy centre that provided help to children and young people who had been sexually abused.

My work incorporates criminology, psychology, sociology, social policy and social work, and I am interested in how the various disciplines can contribute to a fuller understanding of sexual violence. I have three main areas of research interest:

1. Sex offenders, sexual violence and masculinities

2. Prisons and the management of diversity

3. Research/applied ethics.

My  joint authored book ‘Social Work with Sex Offenders: making a difference’ written jointly with Steve Myers of Salford University is published on 27th April 2016.  I have also contributed a chapter ('Values in Probation with people who commit sex offences') to forthcoming book 'Probation through the Looking Glass: Academic reflections on rehabilitation' edited by Philip Priestley and Maurice Vanstone and to be published by Palgrave later this year.  I am co-editing (with Loraine Gelsthorpe and Azrini Wahidin) and contributing a chapter to 'Research Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice– Politics, Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions' for Routledge due to be published in Autumn this year.