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Keynote Speakers

Information about our keynote speakers.

Jackie Harvey



Jackie Harvey is Professor of Financial Management at Newcastle Business School and academic leader of the financial management, risk and performance subject group. Her research is focused in the area of criminal financial management, in particular money laundering.  Early outputs considered costs and benefits of regulatory compliance before moving on to evaluate the effectiveness of the Anti-Money Laundering Framework.  Jackie has been invited to speak at a number of very high profile academic and practitioner conferences in both the UK and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board for the European Cross-Border Crime Colloquium that brings together researchers from across Europe. Her main teaching interests focus on risk and investment management together with financial market regulation.  Prior to becoming an academic, Jackie, whose PhD is in Taxation Policy, spent 10 years working for a major merchant bank, followed by a 3 year posting as fiscal policy adviser (under the auspices of the British Government) to the Ministry of Finance in Belize.

Liz Kelly



Liz Kelly is an unapologetic feminist who has worked – as academic, service provider and activist – in the field of violence against women and children for 30 years. She is the author of Surviving Sexual Violence, which established the concept of ‘the continuum of violence against women’ in the late 1980s. Since then she has worked at the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University, and is now its Director. In 2000 Liz was appointed Professor of Sexualised Violence and awarded a CBE for ‘services combating violence against women and children’. In 2006, she became Roddick Chair of Violence Against Women. She is a Commissioner for the Women’s National Commission and one of two appointed experts by the European parliament to the EU Gender Centre. Her current work involves mapping legislation on violence against women and children and homophobic violence across the EU, intimate partner homicide and exploring what it is ‘to be a victim’.


Mike Levi



Mike Levi has degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff Universities and has taught at Cardiff University since 1975, being awarded a Chair there in 1991. He has been conducting international research on the control of white-collar and organised crime, corruption and money laundering/financing of terrorism since 1972, and has published widely on these subjects as well as editing major journals such as Criminology and Criminal Justice, including a special issue on The Organisation of Serious Crimes (2008). In 2007, he received a 3-year Professorial Fellowship by the UK ESRC to develop research on transnational economic and organised crime and on responses to it. His most recent books include The Phantom Capitalists (2nd ed 2008) and Drugs and Money (2005), and he has recently co-edited and written for special issues of the British Journal of Criminology on Terrorism (2010) and on White-Collar Crime (2006). He has been awarded a D.Sc. (Econ) by Cardiff University and appointed to the Academy of Social Sciences.


Ian Loader



Ian Loader is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford. Ian is author or co-author of several books, including most recently Civilizing Security (2007, Cambridge UP, with Neil Walker) and Public Criminology? (2010, Routledge, with Richard Sparks). He has also written numerous papers on contemporary transformations in policing and security, and on the intersections between politics, criminology and crime control. Ian is an editor of the British Journal of Criminology, and on the editorial boards of Theoretical Criminology, Policing and Society and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. He is currently researching and writing about the commodification of security.



Jill Peay



Jill Peay is a Professor of Law at the LSE. Her research interests include mental health law, decision-making and the treatment of mentally disordered offenders. She is the author of Decisions and Dilemmas: Working with Mental Health Law (2003, Hart Publishing) and edited Seminal Issues in Mental Health Law (2005, Ashgate). Her new book, Mental Health and Crime, is to be published by Routledge in the autumn of 2010 as part of the Downes and Rock series on Contemporary Issues in Public Policy. Jill was a member of the Richardson Committee (1998-9) and, more recently, of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ Working Party on Dementia: Ethical Issues. She also sits on the Editorial Boards for the Clarendon Studies in Criminology and the Journal of Mental Health Law.


Stephen Shaw



Stephen Shaw was the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales.  His role included the investigation of complaints from prisoners, those subject to probation supervision, and immigration detainees, and the investigation of all deaths in prisons and immigration removal centres, as well as the deaths of residents of probation hostels (approved premises). As Ombudsman, Mr Shaw also conducted a range of other investigations including the inquiry into the arson and riot at Yarl’s Wood immigration centre, an investigation into the death of Harold Shipman, and the first public inquiry to be held into a near death in prison.  He also served as one of two independent members of the Parole Board’s review committee that considers the cases of released prisoners who have committed serious further offences. Prior to becoming Prisons Ombudsman, Mr Shaw was Director of the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) charity for 18 years.  He has been Chief Executive of the Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA) since May 2010. Stephen Shaw has written widely on both criminal justice and economic issues.  His latest publication is entitled Fifty Year Stretch: Prisons and Imprisonment 1980 – 2030 (Waterside Press, 2010).


Loїc Wacquant



Loïc Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie européenne, Paris. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow and recipient of the 2008 Lewis Coser Award of the American Sociological Association, he is co-founder and past editor of the interdisciplinary journal Ethnography as well as a regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique. His interests span comparative urban marginality, the penal state, ethnoracial domination, and social theory. His books have been translated in a dozen languages and include Body and Soul: Notebooks of An Apprentice Boxer (2004), Pierre Bourdieu and Democratic Politics: The Mystery of Ministry (2005), Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (2008), Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity (2009), and Prisons of Poverty (2009).