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Professor Malcolm Cowburn

Research Interests

Research Funding

2010                                         Northern Rock Evaluation of ‘Melting Pot’ project HMP Frankland £7,000 – Project Consultant to Hallam Centre of Community Justice

2010                                         Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Knowledge Exchange Small Grants. Opening up communicative space: towards a collaboratively generated impact in responding to Diversity in HMP WakefieldAward number: RES-192-22-0047.  Co-investigator;  Principal Investigator Dr Victoria Lavis, University of Bradford. £3,876.00

 2009                                         Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). Appreciative inquiry into the Diversity Strategy of HMP Wakefield.  Award number RES-000-22-3441.  Principal Investigator; (Co-investigator Dr Victoria Lavis, University of Bradford); £79,719.27. (March-November 2009)

 2009                                         Leicester City Council Sexual Safety Strategy.  Project Manager, Hallam Centre for Community Justice. £15,000.00

 2009                                         General Social Care Council.  Professional Boundaries. Research team member, led by Professor Mark Doel.  £35,000.00

 2006- 2007                            “Ethics and Research with Perpetrators of Sexual Violence”.  Research partner with the Tema Institute, Linköping University, Sweden.  Sexual Violence Research Initiative. Funded by Global Forum for Health Research.  Funding was paid to Tema Institute for the cost of the research assistant.


1995                                          NSPCC Evaluation of Sex Offender Project, Derby (£5,000).  This study involved the use of repertory grids and qualitative interviews.  It produced two reports to the Funders.


1989-1991                            Sex Offenders in Prison: a study of structured interventions designed to change offending behaviour. The study  (for my MPhil) attracted financial support from John Paul Getty jnr Charitable Trust (£10,000).   

Research Consultancy

2013  (ongoing)                                       Consultant & Executive Steering Group member - ESRC: Research Grant An Appreciative Inquiry into the response to diversity in three Yorkshire Prisons.  Award number: ES/K005049/1

 2010                                         National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) invited peer reviewer for: Erooga, M., Allnock, D., Telford, P. (2010) ‘Creating Safer Organisations: Using the perspectives of offenders to inform organisational safeguarding of children.’  Research Report.

 2010 - ongoing                   Member of ESRC Peer Review College.  Economic & Social Research Council

 2009                                          Member of Sexual Violence Research Initiative Technical Advisory Group, The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Global Forum for Health Research.

 2008-2009                            Advisor to Dr Sarah Nelson’s, lottery funded  (2009) ‘Report Care And Support Needs Of Men Who Survived Childhood Sexual Abuse.  Edinburgh; Centre for Research on Families and Relationships ( & Health in Mind (


2008                                          Ethical Recommendations for Research with Perpetrators of Sexual Violence: a consultative meeting.  17th-18th July 2008, Pretoria South Africa.  The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Global Forum for Health Research.


2008                                          Developing Public Policy on Men and BoysMen’s Coalition  – Home Office Funded Project.  Principal researcher: Sandy Ruxton.  Advisory group – Professor Brid Featherstone, Professor Jeff Hearn, Professor Keith Pringle & Dr Malcolm Cowburn.


Recent Research Collaborations

2012                                         Lead Discussant – ‘Online discussion 2: Access to and the impact of sex offender disclosure on minority groups’. ESRC Knowledge Exchange – ‘Sex offenders & Public Disclosure’ ES/J010251/1 (P.I. Dr K McCartan, C.I. Prof Hazel Kemshall).

2008 – 2009        Project partner: “Performing Straight White Masculinities: Représentations et Expériences de la masculinité blanche hétérosexuelle dans les pays anglophones”, Projet innovant – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3.