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Mannheim Centre

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2nd Floor, Old Building

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

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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


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.



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.   


Just Emotions

Oxford University Press (October 2013)

Author: Dr 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 offence and reduce offending, there is also evidence that it can have no effect or even make things worse. Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice attempts to address these conflicting findings by analyzing how conferences work as a unique form of justice ritual.

With a pioneering new approach to the micro-level study of the processes and emotions involved in successful conferences, this book offers clues on how to improve the practice and increase successful outcomes. Using an eclectic methodological approach, the author presents a model that adapts Goffman's and Collins' ideas about the interaction ritual chain by focusing on participants' emotions, emotional turning points, and the emergence of rhythm and solidarity between participants. 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, in order to improve the capacity of facilitators and practitioners to produce successful outcomes.


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



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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.