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

Professional biography

David Scott has worked at The Open University since September 2016.

David gained an MA (with distinction) in Crime, Deviance and Social Policy from Lancaster University in 1996 and was awarded a doctorate in 2006 under the supervision of Professor Barbara Hudson from the University of Central Lancashire.

David was the coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control from 2009-2012. He is a former editor of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice  and is the co-founding editor of the European Group Journal Justice, Power and Resistance.

 

Research interests

David's main research interests include the ethical and political foundations of penal abolitionism; the relationship between abolitionism, human rights and social justice; critical social theory and the concept of 'crime'; and critical approaches to poverty, prisons and punishment.

 

Recent book titles include Controversial Issues in Prisons (Open University Press, 2010);  Prisons and Punishment: The Essentials (Sage, 2014); Emancipatory Politics and Praxis (EG Press, 2016) and Why Prison? (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  David is currently completing a single authored monograph entitled The Caretakers of Punishment (Palgrave, forthcoming).

A full list of his publcations can be found here: https://open.academia.edu/DScott

Selection of articles and chapters (2006-2017)

Scott, D. (2017) "Saying NO to the mega prison" in Justice, Power and Resistance Volume 1, No. 3

Scott, D. (2016) “Hearing the voice of the estranged Other: abolitionist ethical hermeneutics” in Kriminolosches Journal (September 2016)

Scott, D. (2016) “Regarding rights for the Other: abolitionism and human rights from below” in Weber, L. (ed) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights London: Routledge

Scott, D. (2015) “Walking among the graves of the living: reflections of an abolitionist on doing prison research” in Drake, D., Earle, R. and Sloan, J. (eds) Handbook of Prison Ethnography London: Palgrave

Scott, D. (2015) “Critical research values and the sociological imagination:lessons from researching prison officers” in Frauley, J. (ed) (2015) C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination Aldershot: Ashgate

Scott, D. (2014) “Playing the get out of jail card for free: creating an abolitionist based consensus?” in Canning, V. (ed) (2014) Sites of Confinement London: EG Press

Scott, D. (2013) “The politics of prisoner legal rights” in Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Volume 51, No 3 [July 2013]

Scott, D. (2013) “Visualising an abolitionist real utopia: principles, policy and praxis” in Malloch, M. & Munro, B. (eds) (2013) Crime, Critique and Utopia: Themes for a Critical Criminology London: Palgrave

Scott, D. (2012) “Guarding the ghosts of time: working personalities and the prison officer-prisoner relationship” in Prison Service Journal, Number 201 May 2012 pp 18-23

Scott, D. (2012) "Sympathy for the devil: human rights and empathetic construction of suffering" in Criminal Justice Matters, May 2012

Scott, D. (2011) “’That’s not my name’: prisoner deference and disciplinarian prison officers” in Criminal Justice Matters, June 2011

Scott, D. (2010) “Why didn’t prisoner rights come home?” in Criminal Justice Matters, December 2010

Scott, D. (2009) “Punishment” pp 83-102 in Hucklesby, A. & Wahidin, A. (eds) (2009) Criminal Justice Oxford: Oxford University Press

Scott, D. (2008) “Creating ghosts in the penal machine: the prison officer moral universe and the techniques of denial” in Bennett, J., Crewe, B., and Wahidin, A.(eds) (2008) Understanding Prison Staff Devon: Willan

Scott, D. (2007) “The changing face of the English prisons: a critical review of the aims of imprisonment” in Jewkes, Y. (ed) (2007) Handbook of Prisons London: Routledge

Scott, D. (2007) “New labour, New legitimacy: the ‘making punishment work agenda’ and the limits of penal reform” pp 71-81 in Roberts, R. & McMahon. W. (eds) (2007) Social Justice, Criminal Justice London: Harm & Society Foundation

Scott, D. (2006) "The caretakers of punishment: prison officers and the rule of law" in Prison Service Journal November 2006

Teaching interests

David has taught criminology to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1994 and has worked previously at Edge Hill University, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University.

David is co-chair of DD105 Introduction to Criminology and Qualification Lead of Q57 Social Policy and Criminology.

Impact and engagement

David has undertaken interviews for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and a number of local radio stations such as BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Essex.  He has also featured on national television, including contributions to  BBC1 The Big Questions, BBC Wales Today and ITV News. 

David has submitted evidence to a number of Parliamentary Committees and Official Inquiries. His research has been cited in the House of Parliament (see Hansard, 25th Janaury 2017) and also in HoC Briefing Papers on Prisons and Punishment (November 2016).

Recent blogs for the Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) include:

https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/prisons-systematically-generate-suffering-and-death-thinking-beyond-reform/

https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/bloodbaths-and-prison-staff-considering-the-actual-state-of-our-prisons/

https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/prisons-places-of-harm-and-dehabilitation/

His research has been highlighted by OU News on a number of occassions

http://www.open.ac.uk/research/main/news/prison-violence-not-about-staffing

http://ounews.co/arts-social-sciences/society-politics/prison-violence-not-staffing-theyve-always-dangerous-prisoners/

David has contributed short papers to independent media forums such as Open Democracy and The Conversation.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/openjustice/prisons-places-of-harm-and-dehabilitation

https://theconversation.com/prison-violence-is-not-about-staffing-theyve-always-been-dangerous-for-prisoners-68950

He has also published articles in the national newspapers The Independent and The Guardian

http://www.independent.co.uk/author/david-scott-0

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/01/to-cut-jail-suicides-cut-the-prison-population

David participated in the groundbreaking documentary "Punishment: A Failed Social Experiment" (directed by Dale Hallat and first screened 2012).