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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


23 June 2014: The Mannheim Centre and the Howard League for Penal Reform present the next What If...? Seminar: 

What If…? Women's imprisonment was abolished?

6:30-8:30, London School of Economics NAB 2.04

We know that the majority of women in prison are there for low level offences and short sentences; we know that many have been offended against, and we know that many have long histories of complex and unmet need that relate to their social circumstances, their previous victimisation, their addiction problems and their mental health. We know that many reoffend and return to prison again and again. What is  the purpose of prison for women? Should prison be the provider of drug detox, social care, respite, mental health care and temporary housing? The solution to these problems lies beyond the criminal justice system, and beyond prison in particular. What if we radically reappraised the purpose of prison for women? What if we redirected our resources to provide more alternatives to prosecution, more appropriate provision of community–based sanctions, and refocused our thinking towards the goal of social justice?

The idea will be propounded by Professor Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology at the University of Glasgow.

Discussants: Sian James, Former MP, Swansea East and Baroness Corston, author of the Corston Report: a review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system.

To reserve a place at the event complete the booking form on the Howard League website or email

Please note that there are a limited number of places available. 

 Mannheim Centre Seminar Series 2014-2015

with  the British Society of Criminology Southern Branch

8 Oct 2014: Roger Matthews(Kent), Realist Criminology  
Chair, Professor Jennifer Brown, LSE;  18:15, New Academic Building, LG.03

12 Nov 2014: David Garland (NYU, Shimizu Visiting Professor, Law Department, LSE), What is penal populism? Politics, the public, and penological expertise
Chair: Professor Tim Newburn, LSE;  18:15, New Academic Building 1.04

10 Dec 2014: Tom Daems (Leuven Institute of Criminology, University of Leuven), Punishment, degradation and denial: a Stan Cohen perspective on European penology
Chair: Prof Robert Reiner, LSE;  18:15, Thai Theatre, Lower Ground Floor,  New Academic Building

14 Jan 2015: Jennifer Fleetwood (Leicester), Women in the international cocaine trade 
Chair: Dr. Michael Shiner, LSE;  18:15, New Academic Building 2.04

11 Feb 2015: Marianne Colbran (Oxford), Media and Crime 
Chair: Professor Robert Reiner, LSE:  18:15, New Academic Building 2.04

11 Mar 2015: Thomas Giddens  (St Mary's University), Crime, Philosophy and the Streets of Gotham
Chair: Dr. Coretta Phillips, LSE;  18:15, New Academic Building 1.04

13 May 2015: Elena Martellozzo (Middlesex), Sex offenders' use of the internet and online child safety 
Chair: Dr. Leonidas Cheliotis, LSE:  18:15, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LG.04

10 Jun 2015: Alisa Stevens (Southampton), Sex in English Prisons
Chair: Dr. Meredith Rossner, LSE;  18:15, New Academic Building 2.04

Other Events

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

Note: All seminars are at 6pm in the Moot Court Room, New Academic Building, LSE

16 Oct 2014: Dr Henrique Randau da Costa Carvalho (City University London), The responsible subject as dangerous subject: criminal law’s ambivalences

20 Nov 2014: Dr Patrick Tomlin (University of Reading), Fair play without retribution

4 Dec 2014: Dr Kimberley Brownlee (University of Warwick), The social contribution injustice of punishment

15 Jan 2015: Prof. Ian Loader (University of Oxford) and Dr Adam White (University of York), Private security and regulatory space: in search of the public interest

29 Jan 2015: Prof. Victor Tadros (University of Warwick), Wrongs and crimes

19 Feb 2015: Prof. Elaine Player (King’s College London) and Ms Elaine Genders (University College London), title tba

26 Feb 2015: Dr Christopher Bennett (University of Sheffield), The authority of the criminal law

12 Mar 2015: Dr Ely Aharonson (University of Haifa), From slave abuse to hate crime: the criminalization of racial violence in American history

Seminar and book launch

23 Apr 2015: Prof. Mariana Valverde FRSC (University of Toronto), Seeing crime and managing security: reflections on the criminological gaze

30 Apr 2015: Prof. Mike Redmayne (LSE), Character in the criminal trial. Seminar and book launch

17 Jun 2015: Prof. Tracey Meares (Yale Law School) and Prof. Jonathan Jackson (LSE), details TBA, Event co-organised with the Mannheim Centre for Criminology

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


We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our colleague and friend Mike Redmayne from the LSE Law Department.

A short tribute can be found here:

For older news updates please see our News archive.


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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.