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London School of Economics and Political Science

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Professor Jennifer Brown|

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Mannheim Centre for Criminology



"The white collar criminal is neither a political offender nor a rebel. He exploits the weaknesses of society rather than rebelling against its iniquities and his interest in the reform of the legal, political and social system is normally confined to changes which might enable him to make more and more money and to get more and more influence in order to exert increasing pressure to obtain his selfish objects."

Hermann Mannheim, 1965 Comparative Criminology vol 2 p470

The Mannheim Centre for Criminology was set up in November 1990, named in honour of Hermann Mannheim (see Herman Mannheim: a biographical note|). .

It is a multidisciplinary centre incorporating staff| from across LSE. The Centre provides a forum for LSE criminology, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, funded research, and a large number of conferences, seminars and other public events, including the joint seminar series with the British society of criminology|


 October 2014

BSC Southern Branch/Mannheim Centre Seminar Series

Realist Criminology

Date: 08 October 2014
Time: 18.15
Venue: Thai Theatre, Lower ground floor New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Roger Matthews (University of Kent).

Some commentators have argued that despite the exponential growth in the criminological enterprise that it is becoming increasingly socially and politically irrelevant. This paper examines these claims and makes some suggestions  - drawing on the contribution of critical realism – about how we might develop a more ‘public criminology’. The paper takes issue with dominant approaches within contemporary criminology and presents an alternative approach that is designed to be both critical and useful.

 LSE Law Department Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Theory Seminar Series 2014/2015

The responsible subject as dangerous subject: criminal law’s ambivalences

Date: 16 October 2014
Time: 18.00
Venue: Moot Court Room, 7th floor New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Dr Henrique Randau da Costa Carvalho (City University London).

November 2014

December 2015

 See Events archive| for all our full listing of our past events and seminars.


We are now on Twitter.

The Mannheim Centre for Criminology is very pleased to announce the launch of its Twitter account.

Follow us at @mannheimcrim|.

For older news updates please see our News archive|.



Jennifer Brown Publication

What Works in Therapeutic Prisons|

Palgrave Macmillan (July 2014)

Authors: Professor Jennifer Brown|, Sarah Miller, Sara Northey, Darragh O'Neill

 Uniquely examining the first purpose-built prison community of its kind, HMP Dovegate Therapeutic Community, this book assesses individual prisoners' progress through therapy and provides an evidence base to support investment into prison-based therapeutic communities. 

 Charting the process of change, the authors highlight the key essentials necessary for prisoners to address their motivations and criminal patterns of behaviour, revealing that strong therapeutic alliances and willingness to ask for help as well as offering help to others are critical.

 The most comprehensive coverage of therapeutic communities to date, this book will be an important resource for students and practitioners working in prisons and with high-risk offenders, providing recommendations for building the best possible environment for prisoners to enhance their self-esteem, improve their behaviour and establish skills to desist.


New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime| 

Routledge (October 2013)

Author: edited by Dr Coretta Phillips|, Colin Webtser.

The disproportionate criminalisation and incarceration of particular minority ethnic groups has long been observed, though much of the work in criminology has been dominated by a somewhat narrow debate. This debate has concerned itself with explaining this disproportionality in terms of structural inequalities and socio-economic disadvantage or discriminatory criminal justice processing.

This edited volume offers an accessible and innovative approach, including chapters on anti-Semitism, social cohesion in London, Bradford and Glasgow, as well as an exploration of policing Traveller communities. Incorporating current empirical research and new departures in methodology and theory, this book also draws on a range of contemporary issues such as policing terrorism, immigration detention and youth gangs. In offering minority perspectives on race, crime and justice and white inmate perspectives from the multicultural prison, the book emphasises contrasting and distinctive influences on constructing ethnic identities.


The Future of Policing|

 Routledge (October 2013)

 Author: Edited by Professor Jennifer Brown|

The police service in England and Wales is facing major challenges in its financing, political oversight and reorganisation of its structures. Current economic conditions have created a wholly new environment whereby cost saving is permitting hitherto unthinkable changes in the style and means of delivery of policing services. In the context of these proposed changes Lord Stevens, formerly Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service was asked to chair an Independent Commission looking into the future of policing. The Commission has a wide ranging remit and the papers in this book offer up-to-date analysis of contemporary problems from the novel perspective of developing a reform agenda to assist the Commission.

Bringing together contributions from both key academic thinkers and police professionals, this book discusses new policing paradigms, lays out a case for an evidence-based practice approach and draws attention to developing areas such as terrorism, public order and hate crime.

 Policing is too important to be left to politicians as the health of a democracy may be judged by the relationship between the police and the public. The aim of this book is to question and present analyses of problems offer new ideas and propose realistically achievable solutions without being so timid as to preserve the status quo. It will be of interest to both academics and students in the fields of criminology and policing studies, as well as professionals in the policing service, NGOs and local authority organisations.   


The Insecurity State|

Oxford University Press (April 2012)

Author: Dr Peter Ramsay|


State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles|

Pluto Press (March 2012)

Author: Dr Maurice Punch| 


Handbook on Sexual Violence|

Routledge (October 2011)  

Authors: Professor Jennifer Brown|, Sandra Walklate



Recent Podcasts

Recent videos

Reading the Riots|

Released on 16 September 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tim Newburn|, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, talks about the prize-winning study ‘Reading the Riots’ that he did with the Guardian newspaper.