Professor Colin Webster
About Professor Colin Webster
Colin Webster is Professor of Criminology. He is a British Academy Book Prize Winner and is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology.
Professor Webster has taken a leading role researching ethnicity, crime and justice. His has recently researched how poverty impacts on crime and has also focused on youth crime and justice, youth transitions and young adult transitions, criminal careers, and social cohesion within urban neighbourhoods. His book prize was for Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-pay, No-Pay Britain (2012). His recent publications are Understanding Race and Crime (2007) and New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime (2014).
His research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has focused on long-term transitions between welfare and work to see if work lifts people out of poverty rather than trapping them in poor work. From this empirical study emerged an influential thesis about the growth of recurrent poverty and insecurity in no-pay, low-pay Britain in which the working poor cycle between low waged, insecure work and welfare. His other recent research funded by the research councils looked at how young people negotiated religious and ethnic identity in multicultural and multifaith settings.
Professor Webster teaches undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology in the areas of race, ethnicity and justice; youth crime and justice; and supervises PhD students across a range of sociological and criminological topics.
Professor Webster is currently researching the impact of poverty on crime and the political economy of race and ethnicity in Britain. His research about poverty and crime contributed to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's comprehensive Anti-Poverty Strategy.