The University of Sheffield
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Professor Stephen Farrall

Position: Professor of Criminology
Email Address: S.Farrall@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6718
Room No: EF8

Academic Profile

In September 2007 I took up a post of Reader in Criminology in the Law School at Sheffield University, lecturing to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I was promoted to Chair of Criminology in January 2010. Prior to that I have taught at the Universities of Oxford and Keele. I have held visiting positions at ANU (Asutralia) and the Dept. of Criminology at Keele University.

My research has focused on the fear of crime (especially how best to measure it), why people stop offending, middle-class crimes, and crime histories. I have recently completed a 5th sweep of interviews with a cohort of probationers who were originally supervised in 1997-98. My other research interests include the long-term impact of Thatcherite social and economic policies on Crime, and cognitive interviewing to improve survey questions.

Qualifications

October 1989 – July 1993 B.Sc. in Applied Sociology (2i), University of Surrey, Guildford, England.
October 1993 – September 1994 M.Sc. in Social Research Methods, University of Surrey, Guildford, England.
October 1998 – March 2001, D.Phil. St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. Probation, Social Context and Desistance From Crime. Awarded: 15th June 2001.

Teaching and Learning

All of my teaching reflects my own research interests and/or experiences. For example, the textbook I wrote (“Understanding Desistance from Crime”, Open Univ Press, 2005) is based on the fourth round of interviews with former-probationers and uses data extracts to illustrate key points for discussion. In the module I teach on why people stop offending (Life after Punishment, LAW3017), I use data extracts from my own fieldwork and am able to refer to issues which emerge from the latest round of interviews with former probationers. This way, students on this module are given the chance to find out about new advances in research in this field before others – even ahead of some of the academic community!

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate and MA
Understanding Criminology: Advanced Level Introduction The Research Process
Life After Punishment: Leaving Crime Behind (Convenor)

Research Interests

Director for the Centre of Criminological Research Cluster.

Areas of Research Supervision

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

“The Long-Term Impacts of Probation Supervision” Keynote presentation to Derbyshire Probation Area Trust Annual Staff Conference, 6th June, 2013 [Invitation].

“The Spatial Dynamics of Desistance from Crime”, International Institute for the Sociology of the Law, Onati, seminar on Existentialism, Governance and
Indeterminacy”, 23rd May 2013 [Invitation].

“Introducing Desistance Research” and showing of “The Road from Crime” at the Probation Chiefs’ Association Conference, Arden Forest, 15th March 2013
[Invitation].

“Citizenship and Desistance from Crime”, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies seminar on Democracy and Criminal Justice, London, 14th March 2013 [Invitation].

“The Long-Term Impact of Probation Supervision” London Probation Trust Seminar Programme, 21st February, 2013 [Invitation].

“Introducing Desistance from Crime”, Conference de Consensus sur la prevention de la recidive, French Ministry of Justice, Paris, 14th February 2013 [Invitation].

“Retaining ‘Hard to Reach Groups' in QLR studies: An Example from Criminological
Research”, Research Relationships in Time QLR Network Seminar, Cardiff University, 7th February 2013 [Invitation].

“The Long-Term Impact of Probation Supervision” The 2012 Frank Dawtry Memorial Lecture, School of Law, Leeds University, 12th November, 2012 [Invitation].

“Victimisation and desistance from crime” (with B. Hunter, G. Sharpe and A. Calverley), British Society of Criminology Yorkshire & Humberside Branch,
Leeds, 7th, November, 2012.

“The Long-Term Impact of Probation Supervision: Is Impact Detectable After 15 Years?” (with B. Hunter, G. Sharpe and A. Calverley), British Society of
Criminology Yorkshire & Humberside Branch, Leeds, 22nd March, 2012.

“The Long-Term Impact of Probation Supervision: Is Impact Detectable After 15 Years?” (with B. Hunter, G. Sharpe and A. Calverley), West Yorkshire Probation Area Trust, Wakefield, 22nd February, 2012 [Invitation].

“The Spatial Dynamics of Desistance from Crime”, School of Law, Manchester University, 15th February 2012. [Invitation].

“The Long-Term Impact of Probation Supervision: Is Impact Detectable After 15 Years?” (with B. Hunter, G. Sharpe and A. Calverley), Ministry of Justice
Offender Engagement Seminar, Ministry of Justice, London, 27th September 2011 [Invitation].

“Making Strategic Choices When Studying Desistance from Crime”, PhD Seminar on Making Strategic Choice in Criminological Research, Ghent University, Belgium, 8th September 2011 [Invitation].

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description: Tracking Progress on Probation: long-term patterns of desistance and reform (F/00118/BS)
Awarding Body: Leverhulme Trust
People Involved: Dr Gilly Sharpe
Years Funded for: February 2010 - March 2013
Amount: £191,346

Professional Activities and Recognition

I am closely involved with the Howard League for Penal Reforms ‘What is Justice?’ research activities (and I also sit on their Research Advisory Group). I am on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and the European Journal of Criminology, and regularly review for other journals.

Key Publications

Books

  • Farrall S, Jackson J & Gray E (2009) Social Order and the Fear of Crime in Contemporary Times. Oxford University Press, USA.

Journal articles