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Elaine Genders   ELAINE GENDERS
BSocSc, Mphil (Cantab.)
Reader in Criminology

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phone: +44 (0)20 7679 1462 | internal: x21462
email: e.genders@ucl.ac.uk

Elaine Genders is a Reader in Criminology. She joined the Faculty in 1990, having spent the previous ten years from 1980 to 1990 as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminological Research, where she conducted major research (funded by the Home Office to a total of over £500,000) into Crown Court sentencing, women in prison, race relations in prison. HMP Grendon: a therapeutic community prison, and violent crime. She remains an Associate member of University of Oxford Centre for Criminological Research, and is a Member of the British Society of Criminology; Howard League for Penal Reform; National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders; Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, and Friends of Grendon Prison.

Elaine has given official evidence to Lord Justice Woolf's Inquiry into Prison Disturbances (1990) (written and oral evidence) (Report published 1991) and the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (1992) (written evidence) (Report published 1993). She served as a member of the Home Office Working Party on devising standards and specifications for the setting up of a new therapeutic prison and from 1996-2003 was appointed as Special Consultant to the Home Office on devising specifications and evaluating bids for the procurement the therapeutic community element of HMP Dovegate under the government’s DCMF initiative; and was a specialist invitee to meetings of the Middle Management Advisory Group on the Development of the Therapeutic Community at West Hill (now moved to HMP Send) from 2002-4. She currently serves as the Ministry of Justice Independent Representative on the Advisory Committee on the Development of the Therapeutic Regime at HMP Dovegate and as a member of the Advisory Panel on the Regime at HMP Grendon Underwood. She has also been the cold reviewer (part of the auditing of the Audit Commission procedure) of two Audit Commission Reports on the Government’s performance in relation to imprisonment.

She has published widely on Criminology, has presented many papers at conferences, at the Home Office and at leading universities; and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law in Context.

Elaine's research interests are in Crime and Criminal Justice issues, including:

She is currently researching in the fields of prison privatisation; prison therapeutic communities; and women in prison.



Journal Articles and Book Chapters include:

Current Teaching
Crime & Criminal Justice
Criminal Law

Prison Studies
Gender Law and the State
Post Graduate Research Forum (Research methods)

PhD Supervision
Elaine welcomes approaches from prospective doctoral students; her areas of expertise are prisons; therapeutic communities; various forms of crime e.g. violent crime, race & crime / criminal justice, women & crime / criminal justice; theoretical criminology/theories of crime.

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