How to contact us

Mannheim Centre

Room 2.53

2nd Floor, Old Building

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

Main contact:

Professor Jennifer Brown|


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|


8 May 2014

5.00pm, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Room G.03

The Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Group at the LSE Department of Law, the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and Oxford University Press

Book Launch: Preventive Justice
. Preventive Justice seeks to establish a framework for understanding the justification of, and limits to, the state's use of coercive preventive measures. Introduction to the book| (PDF)

Authors, Professor Andrew Ashworth and Professor Lucia Zedner, will present their argument followed by a discussion and a drinks reception.

If you would like more information please contact Peter Ramsay at|

12 May 2014

 6.30pm-8.00pm, LSE, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Law, Mannheim Centre for Criminology and the Howard League for Penal Reform public debate: Limiting Justice: legal reform and access to justice for those at the margins|

Speakers: Edward Fitzgerald QC, Laura Janes, David Renton

Recent government reforms threaten to limit access to justice amongst marginal populations. In the face of these reforms, how can we ensure continued access to justice for all?

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email|

14 May 2014

6.15pm-8.00pm, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, 32L.LG.03

Mannheim/BSC Wednesday Seminar

Speaker: Meredith Rossner (LSE/UWS)

Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice by Meredith Rossner

Even as restorative justice has captured the attention of justice practitioners, academics and communities worldwide and most research suggests that it has the potential to repair the harm of a criminal offense and reduce offending, there is also evidence that it can have no effect or even make things worse. My work attempts to address these conflicting findings by analysing the micro level dynamics of how restorative justice encounters work as a unique form of justice ritual.  This talk will examine the main findings of my recent book on rituals in restorative justice, presenting a theory of restorative justice that focuses on the dynamics of the encounter, participants’ emotional, linguistic, and bodily rhythms, and the development of solidarity or division within the group.  The approach involves a contrasting systematic empirical program, including a combination of qualitative interviews, detailed observations of discourse, face and demeanour, and quantitative analysis of systematically observed conferences.  I offer an explanation of how rituals unfold dynamically in space in time, and how these emotional trajectories may impact subsequent offending. 

More information here|

For older news updates please see our News archive|.

Seminars and conferences

Public events:

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Theory Seminar Series 2013/2014.
6pm, Moot Court Room, 7th floor New Academic Building, LSE.

Full programme available

2013-14    British Society of Criminology Southern Branch and the Mannheim Centre for Criminology Seminar Series.

All of the seminars will be held at the LSE and will start at 6.30pm, with wine from 6.15pm.  We recommend arriving early to be sure of a seat.  We hope you will also be able to stay for drinks with the speaker after the talk.

Seminar titles, abstracts and room confirmations will be available soon.

11 June 2014

6.30pm, LSE, 32L.LG.18

Mannheim/BSC Wednesday Seminar

Speakers: Coretta Phillips (LSE) and Deborah Drake (The Open University).

Coretta Phillips and Deborah Drake will be talking about their prize winning books at our last seminar for this academic year.

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


New issue of Mannheim Matters| available now.

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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|
Handbook on Sexual Violence|

Routledge (October 2011)  

Authors: Professor Jennifer Brown|, Sandra Walklate



What if …?
A series of challenging pamphlets

The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Mannheim Centre at the London School of Economics are working in partnership to establish a new pamphlet series that challenges conventional thinking on penal issues. We will work with established and well thought of thinkers, academics and practitioners to develop innovative, and perhaps controversial, ideas that can work as a stimulus to new policy initiatives and ultimately achieve change. 

How it works

We are keen to test, challenge and improve the initial ideas to be promulgated in the pamphlet. To achieve this, the author, will subject their ideas to 'peer review' at an invitee seminar, with the ideas initially subject to scrutiny from one or two discussants and then from the invited audience.

Following the seminar the author will be invited to prepare the paper for publication.

The first What if...? Policing

Professor Robert Reiner agreed to be the author of the first pamphlet on the subject of policing. The first seminar was held on Thursday 27 October 2011.
The discussants at the seminar were Sir Denis O'Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Baroness Hamwee. Listen here|.

Next What if...? Seminar

' Offender desistance policing: What if evidence was used to redesign the gateway to criminal justice?'|

Recorded on 4 December 2013
Speakers:Professor Gloria LaycockProfessor Paul Ekblom

The idea was propounded by Peter Neyroud CBE QPM, who in 2010 completed a Review of Police Leadership and Training which led to the establishment of the new ‘National College of Policing’ in 2012.

Future What ifs…?

The Howard League and the Mannheim Centre are committed to generating two or three pamphlets each academic year. Although we have many ideas about issues we would like to address, we are keen to hear your ideas about issues that you would like to see on our agenda.

If you have any ideas please email Anita Dockley ( |), Research Director