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Professor Colin Webster

Professor Colin Webster
Contact Details
Professor Colin Webster


School Of Social Sciences

0113 81 24903 C.Webster@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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.

Current Teaching

Professor Webster lectures undergraduate criminology students about his research; teaches ethnicity, crime and justice to postgraduate criminology students; and supervises doctoral students.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (7)

  • Webster CS (2015), The Undeserving?. Scottish Justice Matters, vol. 3 (3), p. 12-13.
  • Webster C (2015), The most 'undeserving' of all? How poverty drives young men to victimisation and crime. The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
  • Webster CS (2014), Invisible men: mass incarceration and the myth of black progress. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37 (10), p. 1991-1993.
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  • Madge N; Hemming PJ; Goodman A; Goodman S; Kingston S; Stenson K; Webster C (2012), Conducting Large-Scale Surveys in Secondary Schools: The Case of the Youth On Religion (YOR) Project. Children and Society, vol. 26 (6), p. 417-429.
  • Webster C (2008), Marginalized white ethnicity, race and crime. Theoretical Criminology, vol. 12 (3), p. 293-312.
  • Webster CS; MacDonald R; Simpson M (2006), Predicting Criminality? Risk Factors, Neighbourhood Influence and Desistance. Youth Justice: an international journal, vol. 6 (1), p. 7-22.
  • MacDonald R; Shildrick T; Webster C; Simpson D (2005), Growing up in poor neighbourhoods: The significance of class and place in the extended transitions of 'socially excluded' young adults. Sociology, vol. 39 (5), p. 873-891.

Books (5)

  • Madge N; Hemming P; Stenson K; Allum N; Calestani M; King K; Goodman A; Webster C; Kingston SE (2014) Youth On Religion: The Development, Negotiation and Impact of Faith and Non-faith Identity. . Routledge.
  • Phillips C; Webster C (2013) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. . Routledge.
  • Phillips C; Webster C (2013) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. . Routledge.
  • Madge N; Calestani M; Goodman A; Hemming P; King K; Kingston S; Stenson K; Webster C (2013) Youth on Religion: the development, negotiation and impact of faith and non-faith identity. . Routledge.
  • Shildrick T; Robert MacDonald B; Webster C; Garthwaite K (2013) Poverty and Insecurity: Life in low-pay, no-pay Britain. . Bristol: The Policy Press.

Chapters (10)

  • Webster CS (2017) Race, Ethnicity and Juvenile Justice in Europe. In: Webster CS Juvenile Justice in Europe: Past, Present and Future. London: Sage, pp. .
  • Webster CS (2017) Turning the Tables: Media Constructions of British Asians from Victims to Criminals, 1962 to 2011. In: Webster CS Media, Crime, Racism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
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  • Webster CS (2017) Restoring the Crime-Poverty-Class Inequality Link. In: Webster CS Social Censure and Critical Criminology After Sumner. London: Springer, pp. 67-92.
  • Webster CS (2017) Race, Religion, Victims and Crime. In: Webster CS Victims, Crime and Society An Introduction. : SAGE Publications Limited, pp. 207-228.
  • Webster CS (2017) Diversity and the Criminal Justice Process. In: Webster CS An Introduction to Criminal Justice. London: Sage Publications Limited, pp. 106-126.
  • Webster CS (2014) "Race", Youth Crime and Justice. In: Webster CS Youth, Crime and Justice. : , pp. .
  • Webster CS (2013) Negotiating Identities: Ethnicity, Religion and Social Cohesion in London and Bradford. In: Webster CS New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Webster CS (2012) The Construction of British Muslim Criminality and Disorder. In: Webster CS Islam in the West. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. .
  • Webster CS (2012) The discourse on "race" in criminological theory. In: Webster CS New Directions in Criminological Theory. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Webster CS (2012) Different Forms of Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System. In: Webster CS Criminal Justice v. Racial Justice: Minority ethnic overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. London: The Runnymede Trust, pp. 7-12.
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Conference contributions (7)

  • Webster C (2014) The Impact of Poverty on Crime in Scotland . : .
  • Webster C (2014) Poverty and Crime: A Review and Some Implications, BSC Day Seminar poverty, Inequality & Crime. School of Law, University of Leeds . : .
  • Webster C (2014) JRF Review: Poverty and Crime, 5th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty, University of Edinburgh , 28 April 2014 . : .
  • Webster C (2014) JRF Review: Poverty and Crime, Centre for Applied Social Research, Day Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University . : .
  • Webster C (2014) Poverty and Crime: Policy Recommendations, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategies Conference . : .
  • Webster CS (2013) Indifference, tolerance or segregation? Negotiating religious and ethnic identity in London and Bradford Centre for Urban Research, University of York 20130314. : .
  • Webster CS (2012) Return of the Repressed? Retrospective on Policing and Disorder in England, 1981 to 2011 University of Hull 20121107. : .

Reports (3)

  • Webster CS; Kingston S (2014) Crime and Poverty. . York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Webster CS; Kingston S (2014) Anti-Poverty Strategies for the UK: Poverty and Crime Review. . Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR), Leeds Metropolitan University: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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  • Shildrick T; MacDonald R; Webster CS; Garthwaite K (2010) The low pay, no pay cycle: Understanding recurrent poverty. . York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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