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Professor Malcolm Cowburn

External Engagement and Impact



2016  Social Work with Sex Offenders: Making a difference Policy Press; Bristol, UK

Articles in refereed journals

2015    Sex offenders’ in Wright, J. D. (ed) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed), Vol 21. Oxford; Elsevier Inc. pp 672-677 (with Myers, S.) ISBN 978-0-08-097087-5 

2014    Speaking about sexual abuse in the British South Asian community: offenders, victims and the challenges of shame and reintegration.  Journal of Sexual Aggression  (with Gill, A. K. & Harrison, K.) DOI 10.1080/13552600.2014.929188  

2013    Using a prisoner advisory group to develop diversity research in a maximum-security prison: a means of enhancing prisoner participation.  Groupwork 23 (3), 67-79 (on-line publication) with V. Lavis.

2011  Perceiving the continuum of sexual harm and the need for varied responses to sexual violence.  [Guest Editorial] International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 55, (2) 179-181


2010                                         Invisible men: social reactions to male sexual coercion -bringing men and masculinities into community safety and public policy.  Critical Social Policy, 30 (2), 225-244


2010                                         Editorial. Themed issue on Masculinities with additional articles. Critical Social Policy, 30 (2), 163-164 with B. Featherstone.


2010                                          Social Work Admissions: applicants with criminal convictions - the challenge of ethical risk assessment. British Journal of Social Work, 40 (4), 1081-1099 (with Nelson, P.)


2010                                          Principles, virtues and care: ethical dilemmas in research with male sex offenders.  Psychology Crime & Law, 16(1-2), 65-74.



2009                                         Race Relations in Prison: Managing Performance and Developing Engagement.  British Journal of Community Justice, 17(3), 77-89. (with Victoria Lavis)


2008                                          BME sex offenders in prison: the problem of participation in offending behaviour groupwork programmes – a tripartite model of understanding (with Victoria Lavis & Tammi Walker).   British Journal of Community Justice, 6 (1), 19-34


2008                                          Safe recruitment, social justice, and ethical practice: should people who have criminal convictions be allowed to train as social workers? (with Peter Nelson) Social Work Education 27 (3), 293-306


2007                                          Men Researching Men in Prison: The Challenges For Profeminist Research. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 46 (3) 276-288


2005                                          Hegemony and discourse: reconstruing the male sex offender and sexual coercion by men.  Sexualities, Evolution and Gender 7, 3, 215-231


2005                                          Confidentiality and public protection: ethical dilemmas in qualitative research with adult male sex offender Journal of Sexual Aggression 11, 1, 49-63


2001                                          Masking Hegemonic Masculinity:  Reconstructing The Paedophile As The Dangerous Stranger  (with Lena Dominelli) British Journal of Social Work 31, 399-414


2000                                          Pornography and Men’s Practices  (with Keith Pringle).  Journal of Sexual Aggression, 6, 1/2, 52-66


2000                                          Assessment of Social Work Students: Standpoint and Strong Objectivity.  (with Peter Nelson and Janet Williams).  Social Work Education 19 (6) 627-637


2000                                          Consultancy to groupwork programmes for adult male sex offenders: some reflections on knowledge and processes.  British Journal of Social Work 30, 635-648


1998                                          A Man’s world: Gender Issues in Working with Male Sex Offenders in Prison.  Howard Journal, Vol. 37 No 3, pp234-251


1998                                          Moving beyond Litigation and Positivism: Another Approach to allegations of Sexual Abuse   (with Lena Dominelli).  British Journal of Social Work 28, 525-543


1996                                          The Black Male Sex Offender in Prison: images and issues.  Journal of Sexual Aggression 2(2): 122-142.


1990                                          Work with Male Sex offenders in Groups, Groupwork, 3 (2) 157-171.


1990                                          Work with Sex Offenders in Prison:  What happens to the “Nonces”? Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 1 (1), 145-151

Edited Books

 (due Autumn 2016)                           Research Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice– Politics, Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions (Co-edited with Loraine Gelsthorpe & Azrini Wahidin).  London; Routledge


2013                                         Values in Criminology & Community Justice.  Bristol, Policy Press (co-edited with Duggan, M., Robinson, A. & Senior, P.)


1992                                          Changing Men: a practice guide to working with adult male sex offenders jointly with Wilson, C. & Loewenstein, P. (eds.).  Nottingham; Nottinghamshire Probation Service.

Chapters in edited collections

2016 (in press)    'Values in Probation with People who commit Sex Offences' in Priestley, P. & Vanstone, M. 'Probation through the looking glass: Academic reflections on rehabilitation' Palgrave; Basingstoke, UK

2016 (in press)  'Researching sex crimes and sex offenders:some ethical and epistemological considerations' in Cowburn, M. Gelsthorpe, L. & Wahidin, A. 'Research Ethics in Criminology – Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions' Routledge; London

2015                   ‘Social Work with sex offenders’ in Wright, J. D. (ed) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed).  Philadelphia, PA; Elsevier Inc.  (with Myers, S.)


2013                                         Postmodernism and criminological thought: ‘whose science, whose knowledge? (with Liz Austen). In Cowburn, M., Duggan, M., Robinson, A. & Senior, P.  Values in Criminology & Community Justice’  Bristol, Policy Press


2013                                         Working with different values: extremism, hate and sex crimes.  (with  Duggan, M. & Pollock, E.) In Cowburn, M., Duggan, M., Robinson, A. & Senior, P.  ‘Values in Criminology & Community Justice’  Bristol, Policy Press


2013                                         Men researching violent men: epistemologies, ethics and emotions in qualitative research. In Pini, B. & Pease, B. ‘Men, masculinities and methodologies.’ Basingstoke; Palgrave


2011                                         What's Happening in Men's Work in the UK?  Reflections on Policies and Processes. In Ruspini, E., Hearn, J., Pease, B. & Pringle, K. (eds) ‘Men and masculinities around the world: transforming men’s practices.’ Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan (with Carole Wright)


2008                                         Groupwork with male sex offenders in the 1980s.  In Senior, P. ‘Moments in Probation: celebrating the century of probation’.  Crayford, Shaw & Sons Ltd.


2007                                          Ethics, research and policy.  In Hodgson, S. M. and Irving, Z. ‘Policy reconsidered: Meanings, politics and practicesBristol, Policy Press


2007                                          Working With Perpetrators or Offenders in Flood, M.; Gardiner, J. K.; Pease, B.; Pringle, K. (eds) ‘The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities’  London, Routledge


2007                                          Pornography (with Michael Flood) in Flood, M.; Gardiner, J. K.; Pease, B.; Pringle, K. (eds) ‘The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities’  London, Routledge


2006                                          Constructive work with male sex offenders: male forms of life, language games and change in Parton, N.; O’Byrne, P.; Gorman, K. and Gregory, M. (eds) ‘Constructive Work with Offenders’ London, Jessica Kingsley.


2005                                          A Man’s World: Gender Issues in Working with Male Sex Offenders in Prison.  In Britton, D. M. Gender and Prison.  Aldershot, Ashgate.  (reprint of 1998 Howard Journal paper)