Research at Leeds Beckett
Professor Colin Webster
About Professor Colin Webster
Professor Colin Webster is a British Academy Prize Winner and is a member of the Editorial Board of the ‘British Journal of Criminology’. His major collaborative research projects include the Teesside Studies of Youth Transitions and Social Exclusion.
Professor Webster's main research interest are the relationships between biography, place and social change. Specifically, in the areas of poverty, ethnic identity and social cohesion, and the ways in which young people order their moral relationships; cultural and social change in urban settings; relationships between space, place, crime and disorder; urban theory and the sociology of the city; ‘race’, ethnicity and crime; criminal identities and career; social exclusion; critiques of risk assessment; racist violence; and poverty and youth/young adult transitions.
Having authored and coauthored several books including 'New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Justice', 'Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-pay, No-Pay Britain', 'Understanding Race and Crime' and Poor Transitions: Social exclusion and young adults', Professor Webster is authoring a book about Poverty, Ethnicity and Crime.
Professor Webster lectures undergraduate criminology students about his research; teaches ethnicity, crime and justice to postgraduate criminology students; and supervises doctoral students.
Previously funded by the Home Office, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Research Councils, Professor Webster is currently leading a research project with Dr Mohammed Qasim, 'The Effects of Poverty and Prison on Identity and Desistance Among Pakistani Young Men Who Offend.' The aim of this research is to understand the life histories and identities of Pakistani young men who offend, to establish and explore the long-term events and processes that influence their beginning offending, persistence, and moves away from crime.