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Professor Jo Phoenix

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University as Chair in Criminology in August 2016. I began my academic life as an Open University Tutor on D310 and D315 in the mid-1990s and while I was doing my PhD. From there, I was a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Middlesex from 1998 - 2000. Following that, I moved to the University of Bath until 2007. In 2007, I was employed as a Reader in Criminology at Durham University and was made Professor in 2010. I spent the last 4 years of my time at Durham University being first Deputy Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health (Queens Campus) before becoming the Dean of Queens Campus. In 2013, I left Durham University for the University of Leicester where I did a short stint as Head of Department. 

Research interests

My current research interests include gender, sexualities and justice, youth justice and punishment, the production of criminological knowledge and research ethics. These general interests have meant that I have studied and written about a wide variety of subjects including managerialism and ethics in the production of criminological knowledge, prostitution, prostitution policy reform, child sexual exploitation, sex and its regulation, youth penality and youth justice practice and policy. I have been and remain particularly interested in understanding the changing conditions in which (some) women and (some) young people are criminalised and punished as well as the challenges facing those who work with them. More recently I have become interested in thinking through issues of justice in relation to age and in relation to sexualities. 


Teaching interests

I currently chair the presentation of DD212 (Understanding Criminological Theory). 

Over the course of my twenty years as an academic, I have taught a very wide range of subjects including: History of Crime and Punishment, Criminological Theories, the Sociology of Crime and Deviance, of Punishment and of Criminal Justice Policy, Youth Justice, Feminist Criminology, Research Methods, Understanding Criminology and Introduction to Criminological Theory. 

I particularly enjoy the challenges of teaching complex conceptual and theoretical debates and approaches to students. 


'It's Complicated': Canadian Correctional Officer Recruits’ Interpretations of Issues Relating to the Presence of Transgender Prisoners (2020-03)
Ricciardelli, Rosemary; Phoenix, Jo and Gacek, James
The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 59(1) (pp. 86-104)

Antisocial Shifts in Social Policy and Serious Violence between Young People: Evidence from the Cross-Party Youth Violence Commission (2020)
Irwin-Rogers, Keir; de-Lappe, Joseph and Phoenix, Jo
British Journal of Community Justice, 16(2) (pp. 4-27)

[Book Review] Youth, Community and the Struggle for Social Justice. By Tim Goddard and Randy Myers. (Routledge, 2018, 212 pp. £78.70 hb/£39.20 pb). ISBN: 978-1-315-45621-8 (2019-11)
Phoenix, Joanna
The British Journal of Criminology, 59(6) (pp. 1520-1522)

A commentary: Response to Weitzer ‘Resistance to sex work stigma’ (2018-09-01)
Phoenix, Jo
Sexualities, 21(5-6) (pp. 740-742)

Janus-Faced Youth Justice Work and the Transformation of Accountability (2016-12-07)
Armitage, Vici; Kelly, Laura and Phoenix, Jo
The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 55(4) (pp. 478-495)

Against Youth Justice and Youth Governance, for Youth Penality (2016-01-31)
Phoenix, Jo
The British Journal of Criminology, 56(1) (pp. 123-140)

‘You Have to do it for Yourself’: Responsibilization in Youth Justice and Young People’s Situated Knowledge of Youth Justice Practice (2013-05)
Phoenix, Jo and Kelly, Laura
British Journal of Criminology, 53(3) (pp. 419-437)

In search of a youth justice pedagogy? A commentary (2011-03)
Phoenix, Jo
Journal of Children's Services, 6(2) (pp. 125-133)

Pre-sentence reports, magisterial discourse and agency in the Youth Courts in England and Wales (2010-07)
Phoenix, Jo
Punishment & Society, 12(3) (pp. 348-366)

[Book Reviews] 'Compelled to Crime: the gender entrapment of battered black women' and 'Voices from within: women who have broken the law' (1997-07-01)
Phoenix, Jo
British Journal of Criminology, 37(3) (pp. 471-473)

Illicit and Illegal: Sex, regulation and social control (2005-01-03)
Phoenix, Joanna and Oerton, Sarah
ISBN : 978-1843920816 | Publisher : Willan Publishing

Making Sense of Prostitution (1999-03)
Phoenix, Joanna
ISBN : 978-0-333-74989-0 | Publisher : Palgrave

Child sexual exploitation, discourse analysis and why we still need to talk about prostitution (2019-12-02)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Pearce, Jenny ed. Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters
ISBN : 978-1447351436 | Publisher : The Policy Press | Published : Bristol

Youth in transition or young people in the community? Alternative conceptions of the relevance of age in shaping responses to young people in trouble with the law (2019)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Carlen, Pat and Ayres Franca, Leandro eds. Justice Alternatives
ISBN : 9781138605329 | Publisher : Routledge

We Need To Talk About Youth Prostitution: A story about the demise of youth prostitution in England and Wales (2018-11-30)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Dewey, Susan; Crowhurst, Isabel and Izugbara, Chimaraoke eds. Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge International Handbooks (pp. 230-241)
Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York

Understanding criminological theories (2018)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Cooper, Vickie and Phoenix, Jo eds. Criminological Theories and Concepts: Book 1 (pp. 9-31)
Publisher : The Open University

Crime and the social environment (2018)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Cooper, Vickie and Phoenix, Jo eds. Criminological Theories and Concepts: Book 1 (pp. 69-102)
Publisher : The Open University

Critical criminology: crime, criminalisation and structural conflict (2018)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Cooper, Vickie and Phoenix, Jo eds. Criminological Theories and Concepts: Book 2 (pp. 177-205)
Publisher : The Open University

The politics of sexuality: Alternative visions of sex and social change (2017-08-22)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Carlen, Pat and Ayres França, Leandro eds. Alternative Criminologies (pp. 135-149)
ISBN : 9781138067424 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Alternative criminologies, academic markets and corporatism in universities (2017-08-22)
Carlen, Pat and Phoenix, Jo
In: Carlen, Pat and Ayres França, Leandro eds. Alternative Criminologies (pp. 452-471)
ISBN : 9781138067424 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Prostitution and sex work (2017-05-30)
Phoenix, Jo
In: Leibling, Alison; Maruna, Shadd and McAra, Lesley eds. The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (6th Edition) (pp. 685-703)
ISBN : 9780198719441 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford

Regulating prostitution: controlling women's lives (2006-10-01)
Phoenix, Joanna
In: Heidensohn, Frances ed. Gender and Justice: New concepts and approaches (pp. 76-95)
ISBN : 978-1843922001 | Publisher : Willan Publishing

Criminological Theories and Concepts: Book 1 (2018)
Cooper, Vickie and Phoenix, Jo eds.
ISBN : 978-1-4730-0302-6 | Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes

Criminological Theories and Concepts: Book 2 (2018)
Cooper, Vickie and Phoenix, Jo eds.
ISBN : 978-1-4730-0303-3 | Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes

Regulating Sex for Sale: Prostitution Policy Reform in the UK (2009-09-23)
Phoenix, Jo ed.
ISBN : 978-1847421067 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol

A Child-Friendly Youth Justice? (2018)
Phoenix, Jo
In : Child-Friendly Youth Justice (25 Sep 2017, Cambridge, UK) (pp. 15-19)