Dr Zoë James
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Zoë James is Associate Professor in Criminology.
Zoë attained her BSc (Hons) in Applied Sociology from the University of Surrey. She then went on to work for the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate in the 1990s where she worked on a broad range of research studies on criminal justice issues. Subsequently Zoë completed her PhD at the University of Surrey on the policing of New Travellers. Zoë joined the University of Plymouth in 1999 where she progressed her research with Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities, specifically exploring their experiences of policing and victimisation. Zoë has held various roles within the School of Law, Criminology and Government, including most recently Associate Head of School for Criminology.
Member, British Society of Criminology
Chair, British Society of Criminology South West Branch
Advisory Board Member, International Network for Hate Studies
Zoë James teaches at each stage of the Criminology and Criminal Justice undergraduate degree programme at Plymouth, including the modules: Crime in Context (Stage 1), Policing and Community Safety (Stage 2) and Critical Hate Studies (Stage 3). She also teaches on the MSc Criminology, including modules on Criminology Theory and Criminology Research. Zoë is a research supervisor and personal tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervises a number of PhD students who are exploring issues in criminology.
Staff serving as external examiners
Zoë is an External Examiner for Aberystwyth University undergraduate criminology provision and for the University of Portsmouth postgraduate criminology provision. Zoë has Externally Examined a number of PhDs.
Zoë James key research interests lie in examining hate from a critical perspective with a particular focus on the harms experienced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. Zoë's research has explored how mobility, accommodation, policing and planning have impacted on the lived experience of Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. She has published and presented her work nationally and internationally. Zoë is Chair of the South West branch of the British Society of Criminology and is currently acting co-Director and Advisory Board Member of the International Network for Hate Studies.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Grants & contracts
Southampton City Council (2019) developing an Evaluation Framework. £8,340 (with Southern Horizons (UK) Ltd)
Cornwall Council. (2015) Cornwall Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment. £11,358 (with Southern Horizons (UK) Ltd)
Plymouth City Council. (2013) Plymouth Families Project Evaluation. £5,000
Plymouth City Council. (2012) Plymouth Families Project Evaluation and Longitudinal Research Study. £5,000
Department for Communities and Local Government. (2010) Mapping Hate Crime in the South West. £20,000 (with Equality South West and Lesley Simmonds)
Plymouth Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. (2010) Plymouth Family Intervention Project Evaluation. £4,000
Plymouth Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. (2009) Plymouth Families Project: Evaluation. £3,200 (with Daniel Gilling)
Home Office. (2009) Evaluating the Impact of Local and National Information Dissemination Strategies on Public Confidence, Utilising National Tackling Drugs Week (NTDW) as a Case Study. £77,350 (with Daniel Gilling)
Devonport Regeneration Company. (2008) An Evaluation of Project 709: Addressing anti-social behaviour in Devonport. £5,625 (with Daniel Gilling)
Plymouth Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. (2008) Plymouth Families Project: An Evaluation. £1,600
Vice-Chancellors Community Research Award. (2008) Legal Advice for Gypsies and Travellers £4,022 (with CAB and Lesley Simmonds)
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. (2007) Plymouth Head Camera Project: Public Relations Evaluation. £1,250 (with SERIO)
Plymouth City Council. (2007) Devon-wide Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessment: Plymouth Analysis. £1,000 (with SRRU)
Devon-wide Local Authorities. (2006) Devon-wide Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessment. £70,000 (with SRRU)
British Academy Small Grant. (2005) Policing the Margins: an analysis of the management of New Travellers. £3,773.
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