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Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Social Policy & Criminology
  • deborah.drake

Professional biography

I joined The Open University in 2007, after completing my PhD at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge - under the supervision of Prof Alison Liebling. I originate from Canada and undertook both of my undergraduate degrees and my MA at the University of Saskatchewan. I continue to maintain academic links with colleagues in the Department of Sociology there.

I am a board member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), which is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research centre concerned with developing and supporting research projects and papers that think critically about problems of crime and justice. I have a long standing interest and personal affiliation with critical criminological work and together with Prof Reece Walters (QUT, Brisbane) I am a commissioning editor for a book series entitled Critical Criminological Perspectives (Palgrave). The series seeks to capture the original and innovative ways that critical criminological discourses engage with contemporary issues of crime, harm and justice.

Research interests

My research has mainly focused on prisons, specifically in the areas of resettlement, maximum-security and long-term imprisonment, and secure settings for children. However, more recently, I have explored community development and voluntary sector working in Milton Keynes.  I have been Principal Investigator on two externally funded research projects. The first, entitled: Prisoner Experiences and Quality of Life in Dispersal Prisons was a qualitative study of three maximum-security prisons in England and was funded by the Directorate of High Security, NOMS (completed 2009). The second was entitled: The MK Community Mobilisers: A Developing Service and was funded by Milton Keynes Council (completed 2012).

Current and previous PhD students

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of my previous or current research areas.

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowsky (2015-present, PT), co-supervised with Dr Daniel McCulloch

Provisional Title: Can Punishment and Rehabilitation Co-exist? Investigating the Conditions that Support Prison Learners Seeking Further and Higher Education Qualifications.

Steve Conway  (2015-present, PT), co-supervised with Dr Louise Westmarland 

Provisional Title: Understanding the Factors Contributing to the Absence of Gangs in the Borough of Milton Keynes: A Negative Aetiology

Angela Charles (2015-present, PT), co-supervised with Dr Victoria Cooper 

Provisional Title: Black Women’s Experiences in Prison through an Intersectional Lens

Elizabeth Wilburn (2012-present, PT), registered through the Faculty of Arts, Department of History, co-supervised with Dr Chris Williams
Provisional title: Behind the 'Front Line': Non-confrontational Responses to Youth Crime by the Manchester and Salford City Police Forces 1933-1963

Daniel McCulloch (completed, 2016), co-supervised with Prof Allan Cochrane and Dr Karim Murji
Analysing Understandings of 'Rough Sleeping': Managing, Becoming and Being Homeless

Nikola Plunkett (completed, 2015), co-supervised with Dr Gerry Mooney                                                       Heroes and Villains: Narratives of Public Sector Reform in the UK and Scotland

Abigail Rowe (completed, 2009), co-supervised with Prof Yvonne Jewkes and Dr Louise Westmarland
Negotiating Disempowerment: Coping and Social Support in Women's Prisons

 

Teaching interests

My teaching commitments are primarily focused on our criminology curriculum. I was presentation Course Chair of Crime, Order and Social Control (D315) from 2007-2010 and was involved in the development and production of its replacement course Crime and justice (DD301). As part of this course team, I was single author of one chapter ('Punitiveness and Cultures of Control') and co-authored two chapters (on 'Interrogating Criminal Justice' and 'Risk Prediction, Assessment and Management') in the book Criminal Justice: Local and Global (Willan, 2009) on which I was also co-editor. In addition, I was lead contributor on the production of the DVD which accompanies DD301. This DVD, entitled Opium: Cultures, Wars and Markets, was awarded the 2010 British Universities Film and Video Council Award for Teaching through Film.

I was Module Team Chair (production) on Critical criminological perspectives (D867), which is the first online-only postgraduate module to be produced in Criminology at The Open University.

I am currently Qualification Director on our new PG programme F75: MA Crime and Justice and on R21: BA(hons) Criminology, a new undergraduate programme, currently under development.  . 

Since 2014 I have been External Examiner, Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University. 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

‘Crossing the line’: Criminological expertise, policy advice and the ‘quarrelling society’ (2015-08)
Drake, Deborah and Walters, Reece
Critical Social Policy, 35(3) (pp. 414-433)
“Victims” versus “offenders” in British political discourse: the construction of a false dichotomy (2014-05)
Drake, Deborah H. and Henley, Andrew J.
The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53(2) (pp. 141-157)
Hearing new voices: re-viewing youth justice policy through practitioners’ relationships with young people (2014-04)
Drake, Deborah H.; Fergusson, Ross and Briggs, Damon B.
Youth Justice, 14(1) (pp. 22-39)
Researching prisoner experiences with prison officers: an action research inspired approach (2014-03)
Drake, Deborah H.
Action Research, 12(1) (pp. 94-109)
Performing the role of ethnographer: processing and managing the emotional dimensions of prison research (2014)
Drake, Deborah and Harvey, Joel
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17(5) (pp. 489-501)
Building communities collaboratively: the Milton Keynes Community Mobiliser Service (2014)
Drake, Deborah H.; Simmons, Katy and Smith, Kate
Community Development Journal, 49(2) (pp. 311-326)
On the inside: prison ethnography around the globe (2013-03)
Drake, Deborah H. and Earle, Rod
Criminal Justice Matters, 91(1) (pp. 12-13)
Emotional engagements: on sinking and swimming in prison research and ethnography (2013)
Drake, Deborah H. and Sloan, Jennifer
Criminal Justice Matters, 91(1) (pp. 24-25)
The 'dangerous other' in maximum-security prisons (2011-09)
Drake, Deborah
Criminology and Criminal Justice, 11(4) (pp. 367-382)
Reconsidering respect: Its role in Her Majesty's Prison Service (2007-05)
Butler, Michelle and Drake, Deborah H.
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 46(2) (pp. 115-127)
Prisons, Punishment and the Pursuit of Security (2012-07-25)
Drake, Deborah
Critical Criminological Perspectives
ISBN : 978-0230282933 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Finding Secrets and Secret Findings: Confronting the Limits of the Ethnographer's Gaze (2015-07)
Drake, Deborah
In: Drake, Deborah H.; Earle, Rod and Sloan, Jennifer eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography. Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology (pp. 252-270)
ISBN : 9781137403872 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Men, Masculinity and Crime (2015-05)
Earle, Rod and Drake, Deborah H.
In: Brooks, Carolyn and Schissell, Bernard eds. Marginality and Condemnation - A Critical Introduction to Criminology (3rd ed) (pp. 350-370)
ISBN : 9781552667347 | Publisher : Fernwood Publishing
Prison Life, Sociology of: Recent Perspectives from the United Kingdom (2015-02-17)
Drake, Deborah H.; Darke, Sacha and Earle, Rod
In: Wright, J. ed. International Encyclopaedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences (2nd ed) (pp. 924-929)
ISBN : 978-0-08-097086-8 | Publisher : Elsevier | Published : Oxford
Convict criminology (2012-10-23)
Drake, Deborah and Gunn, Ben
In: McLaughlin, Eugene and Muncie, John eds. The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (3rd ed.) (pp. 79-81)
ISBN : 9781446200827 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Risk prediction, assessment and management (2009)
Drake, Deborah and Muncie, John
In: Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds. Criminal Justice: Local and Global (pp. 105-139)
ISBN : 9781843925132 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton
Punitiveness and cultures of control (2009)
Drake, Deborah
In: Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds. Criminal Justice: Local and Global (pp. 37-39)
ISBN : 9781843925132 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton
Interrogating criminal justice (2009)
Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise
In: Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds. Criminal Justice: Local and Global (pp. 1-35)
ISBN : 9781843925132 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton
Security (2008)
Drake, D.
In: Jewkes, Yvonne and Bennett, Jamie eds. Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment
ISBN : 9781843922926 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Cullompton
Solidarity (2008)
Drake, Deborah and Crewe, Ben
In: Jewkes, Yvonne and Bennett, Jamie eds. Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment
ISBN : 9781843922926 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Cullompton
Deprivations/Pains of imprisonment (2008)
Drake, Deborah and Crewe, Ben
In: Jewkes, Yvonne and Bennett, Jamie eds. Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment
ISBN : 9781843922926 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Cullompton
Staff and order in prisons (2007-12)
Drake, Deborah
In: Bennett, J.; Crewe, B. and Wahidin, A. eds. Understanding prison staff (pp. 153-167)
ISBN : 978-1-84392-275-9 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Cullompton Devon, UK
The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography (2015-07)
Drake, Deborah H.; Earle, Rod and Sloan, Jennifer eds.
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
ISBN : 9781137403872 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography (2015-06)
Drake, Deborah H.; Earle, Rod and Sloan, Jennifer eds.
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
ISBN : 978-1-137-40387-2 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
Criminal Justice: Local and Global (2009)
Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds.
ISBN : 9781843925132 | Publisher : Willan Publishing in association with the Open University | Published : Cullompton
Where do we turn (and why) when apples ‘go bad’ (2012-10-30)
McCulloch, Daniel and Drake, Deborah
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative, Milton Keynes.