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Visiting Professors, Readers and Research Fellows

Visiting Professors

Professor Mike Hough

  • Until September 2016, Mike Hough was Professor of Criminal Policy in the School of Law and Associate Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR).
  • Mike began his research career in the Home Office, and was a member of the team that started the British Crime Survey. Leaving in 1994, he set up an academic policy research centre, originally based at London South Bank University; it moved to King’s College London in 2003 as ICPR, and to Birkbeck in 2010.
  • Mike has published extensively on public attitudes to crime and sentencing and on penal populism. He has a long-standing interest in policing, and has written on topics including community safety, anti-social behaviour, probation and drugs. His current research interests include: procedural justice theory and public trust in justice; public perceptions of crime and justice; policing and police legitimacy; sentencing and sentencing guidelines; offender rehabilitation and desistance (and its evaluation).He was President of the British Society of Criminology between 2008 and 2011. He is a member of various advisory groups and boards including the UK National Statistician’s Crime Statistics Advisory Committee. He is on the editorial board of Criminology and Criminal Justice and of Crime Science.
  • Further information, including downloadable publications, can be found on ICPR’s website here


Juliet Lyon CBE

  • With effect from October 2016, Birkbeck School of Law welcomes Juliet Lyon as a Visiting Professor to the Department of Criminology, forging a closer link with Juliet and, through her, others in the prison reform community who apply research to achieve change in justice policy, practice and legislation.
  • Until summer 2016, Juliet worked as director of the Prison Reform Trust and Secretary General of Penal Reform International. She is now a member of the World Prisons Programme international advisory group co-ordinated by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR).
  • In June 2016 Juliet was appointed chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and has previously contributed as an independent member of a number of government reviews including Corston on vulnerable women in the criminal justice system; Bradley on mental health and learning disability; and Haliday on the sentencing framework.
  • She worked for the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) as a research impact assessor on the most recent REF exercise in 2013/14 and has a particular interest in how to use research evidence to effect social change. As well as conducting research in consultation with prisoners and their families and producing scholarly papers and reports, Juliet is a regular contributor to broadcast and print media and has served to increase public and Parliamentary awareness of the state of our prison system and the needs of people within it.
  • At Birkbeck Juliet looks forward to contributing to the work of the Law School by giving, and attending, lectures and workshops to share learning and engaging with students and colleagues on criminal justice and prisons research.
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