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The perfect storm: reflections on the death of care homes residents and social care workers

In this article, Vickie Cooper reflects on the deaths of care home residents and social care workers in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. Vickie Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University.

9th July 2020
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Moving on: Burying Coronavirus Deaths

In this article, Joe Sim and Steve Tombs explore the numbers game that has been played by the Government since the start of the coronavirus crisis – and question their efforts now to move on from it. Joe Sim is a Professor of Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University and Steve Tombs is a Professor of Criminology at The Open University.

2nd July 2020
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Abolitionism must come from below: A critique of British Anti-Slavery Abolition

In this article, David Scott argues that contemporary penal abolitionists can take inspiration not from British liberal anti-slavery ‘abolitionism from above’ but from the lived experiences and testimonies of slaves and former slaves. David Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University.

23rd June 2020
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SNC-Lavalin: Charges to settlement, have lessons been learned?

In this article, Sharon Hartles and Liam Miles examine the significance of corporate criminality and leverage through the business activities of a Canadian multi-national company. Sharon Hartles was awarded an MA in Crime and Justice (with distinction) from The Open University in December 2019 and is a member of HERC. Liam Miles is a Second Year BA (Hons) Criminology student at Birmingham City University.

22nd June 2020
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Grenfell, three years on: let us not forget

In this article, Steve Tombs marks the third anniversary of the fire at Grenfell Tower which killed 72 people and changed forever the lives of many more; he does so through the lens of the ongoing health crisis and the renewed critical attention to manifestations of structural racism. Steve Tombs is a Professor of Criminology at The Open University.

12th June 2020
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In search of the Covid–secure workplace

In this article, Steve Tombs queries the protections offered by Government regulators to the health and safety of workers as they are forced back into work after the coronavirus lockdown. Steve Tombs is a Professor of Criminology at The Open University.

18th May 2020

Lessons from COVID-19: How transformative justice and mutual aid can help to address harm in communities

In this article, Julia Downes discusses what mutual aid groups could do to support those made more vulnerable to interpersonal and state violence during COVID-19. Julia Downes is a Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University.

11th May 2020

Coping in Isolation: Time to Think – insights from Long Kesh for Lockdown 2020

In this article, Gabi Kent discusses the development of the new OpenLearn course, based around the Time to Think archive. Gabi Kent is a Lecturer in Knowledge Exchange at The Open University.

1st May 2020

When witnesses get it wrong

This blog comes from Graham Pike, Professor of Forensic Cognition at the Open University.

5th September 2012

Magic and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

This blog comes from Graham Pike, Professor of Forensic Cognition at the Open University.

5th September 2012