Dr Zoë James
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)
Zoë James is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. She is also Associate Head of School for Criminology in Plymouth Law School.
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 Plymouth University in 1999.
Member, British Society of Criminology
Chair, British Society of Criminology South West Branch
Member, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD)
Advisory Board Member, International Network for Hate Studies
Zoë James teaches at each stage of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies undergraduate degree programme at Plymouth, including the modules: Criminology and Crime Problems (Stage 1), Policing and Community Safety (Stage 2) and Organised Deviance: Cultures of Resistance (Stage 3). She also teaches on the MSc in Criminology and supervises a number of PhD students who are exploring issues in criminology.
Zoë James key research interests lie in policing issues, particularly relating to public order policing, plurality in policing and managing diversity. Her research has particularly focused on Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, including projects funded by the British Academy, local authorities, the Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government. More recently Zoë’s research has developed understandings of diversity in policing within a rural context and as part of a consideration of ‘hate’ crime. Additionally Zoë has carried out research projects on the management of anti-social behaviour, focusing particularly on the work of Family Intervention Projects. Her work has been published broadly in book chapters and journals and has been utilised to inform policy and practice in relation to Gypsies and Travellers. Zoë has presented her work at conferences nationally and internationally. Zoë is Chair of the South West branch of the British Society of Criminology and an Advisory Board Member of the International Network of Hate Studies.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Patsy Staddon, 'Women's Alcohol Use: Perceptions and 'Treatment''. 2009.
Magdalini Pipini, ‘Public attitudes towards crime and punishment and the factors underlying their construction’. 2013.
Sharon Beckett, 'Women and the Violent Workplace'. 2014.
Grants & contracts
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.
Key publications are highlightedJournals