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Dr Daniel McCulloch

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I joined The Open University as a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy in 2015, having previously undertaken my PhD within the Department of Social Policy and Criminology here. I have previously taught as an associate lecturer at the University of Northampton and have also spent time working with third sector organisations in the field.

Research interests

My research interests relate to the understandings of 'marginalised' populations, as well as critical evaluation of methodological claims.

Between September 2017 and March 2019, I was Principle Investigator on the project 'Do Participatory Visual Methods Give Voice?' The project was funded by the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, and evaluated the claim that participatory visual methods 'give voice' to participants, by exploring researcher, participant, and audience understandings of 'voice' and participatory visual methods.

My PhD research considered the experiences of rough sleepers and those who provide services for rough sleepers. Previous research I have undertaken has considered the experiences of profoundly deaf prisoners in England and Wales, and I maintain an interest in such experiences.

I am also a board member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC).

PhD supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhD research relating to housing and homelessness, 'marginalised' populations, but would be happy to discuss projects in the fields of criminology and social policy more generally.

I currently supervise two PhD students:

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski (2015-present, part time), co-supervised with Dr Deb Drake. Provisional Title: Can Punishment and Rehabilitation Co-exist? Investigating the Conditions that Support Prison Learners Seeking Further and Higher Education Qualifications.

Margret Westergreen-Thorne (2020-present, part time), co-supervised with Dr Deb Drake and Prof Steve Tombs. Provisional Title: The role of power in either facilitating or hindering Open University Higher Education provision in prisons in England and Wales.

Teaching interests

I am currently the module chair of Understanding Criminology (DD212, in presentation), as well as being qualification lead for the BA (Hons) Criminology and the BA (Hons) Social Policy and Criminology. I am also part of the production team on Social Research: Crime, Justice and Society (DD215), authoring a book chapter on visual and digital research methods.

I have recently worked on the MA in Crime and Justice, contributing to the modules Principles of Psychological and Social Inquiry (DD801) and Global Crime and Justice (DD804). On DD801, I authored materials concerning category construction and homelessness; social constructionism and the use of documents in research; and public perceptions and charitable giving. On DD804, I authored materials on constructing criminological knowledge; constructing crimes of 'the poor'; and industries of punishment, as well as co-authoring materials on classicism and positivism in criminology and genders and feminisms.

I have also previously chaired Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208) in presentation.

I have also contributed to OpenLearn courses, which are available to view here. In addition, along with my colleague Vickie Cooper, I have recorded a set of three videos about the criminalisation of homelessness, which are available on the OpenLearn YouTube channel here.

My teaching at previous institutions has included modules about social research methods, criminological theory, crime and the media, inequalities and poverty, and an introductory module to social policy.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Fact 43: More than three quarters of people sleeping rough have been victims of crime or anti-social behaviour in the past year (2019-03-27)
McCulloch, Daniel
In: Treadwell, James and Lynes, Adam eds. 50 Facts Everyone Should Know About Crime and Punishment in Britain (pp. 232-236)
ISBN : 9781447343813 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol

Austerity's Impact on Rough Sleeping and Violence (2017-05-20)
McCulloch, Dan
In: Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds. The Violence of Austerity (pp. 171-180)
ISBN : 9780745399485 | Publisher : Pluto Press

Analysing understandings of 'rough sleeping': managing, becoming and being homeless (2015-12-09)
McCulloch, Daniel Cameron
PhD thesis The Open University

Why deaf prisoners have been in a state of lockdown since well before COVID-19 (2021-04-13)
Kelly-Corless, Laura and McCulloch, Daniel
The Conversation

Brexit, migration and homelessness: the new terrain (2021)
Hartles, Sharon and McCulloch, Daniel

Lessons from Covid-19: It’s time for a radical approach to homelessness and housing policies (2021)
McCulloch, Daniel and Cooper, Victoria

Critical reflections on participatory visual methods and voice (2020-05-26)
McCulloch, Daniel
The Sociological Review, May 2020

When does sleeping rough not count as sleeping rough? (2019-02-18)
McCulloch, Daniel
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative

Do participatory visual methods give voice? (2018-04-06)
McCulloch, Daniel
ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

Understanding poverty using visual participatory methods: can it work? (2018-03-06)
McCulloch, Daniel
ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

Austerity’s impact on rough sleeping and violence (2017-06-12)
McCulloch, Daniel
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative

Britain's dark history of criminalising homeless people in public spaces (2017-03-10)
Cooper, Victoria and McCulloch, Daniel
The Conversation

Homelessness in our towns and cities: policing disorder? (2016-05-15)
McCulloch, Daniel
The Open University, Milton Keynes.

Rough sleepers in policy and practice: chaotic and off course, or misunderstood? (2015-08)
McCulloch, Daniel
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative, Milton Keynes.

Not hearing us: An exploration of the experience of deaf prisoners in English and Welsh prisons (2012-12)
McCulloch, Daniel
The Howard League for Penal Reform, London, UK.

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.