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Professor Pamela Cox

Head of Department - Professor
Department of Sociology
Professor Pamela Cox
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    +44 (0) 1206 872644

  • Location

    6.324, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Thurs 9-11am

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Biography

I teach and research across social policy, socio-legal studies, social history and criminology. I also work as a policy consultant with government, local authority and voluntary sector organisations. My current research explores victims' access to justice in the past and present criminal justice system and involves a team of historians, lawyers and criminologists. Two books, a number of articles and three large datasets drawing on this work will be published next year. In related work, I have co-authored (with Maurice Sunkin and Ruth Lamont) a new report reviewing the constitutional powers of the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales commissioned by the current Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird. The overall aim of this report, and the wider body of work underpinning it, is to enhance the criminal justice system by clarifying and enhancing victims' entitlements within it. My recent co-authored book, Young Criminal Lives: Life Courses and Life Chances from 1850 (written with crime historians Barry Godfrey, Heather Shore and Zoe Alker) investigates the long-term impact of 19th and early 20th century youth justice interventions. We used digital record linkage to establish 'what happened next' to a large cohort of delinquent, difficult and destitute children passing through England's early youth justice systems. We raise questions about the uses of historical evidence in contemporary evidence-based policy making. I am also working on another set of projects that focus on a pressing present-day challenge - that of recurrent care proceedings in the English child protection system. I am a partner, with colleagues from Research in Practice and Lancaster University, in a Public Health England funded initiative to establish a national community of practice to further service development and sustainability in this field. I recently co-edited a special issue of Societies on innovative practice in child social care, building on earlier work featured in the Ministry of Justice's 'good practice guide'. As a social historian, I have presented BBC history series , 'Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter' tracing the history of Britain's shopworkers and consumer cultures from 1860 to the present, and 'Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs', a history of domestic servants from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. This series drew in part on my first book, Bad Girls in Britain, in which I explore the part played by domestic service training in the reform of delinquent, destitute and neglected girls. I have also contributed to historical and cultural programmes for Channels 4 and 5, including most recently 'Edwardian Britain in Colour'. I am a member of the British Journal of Criminology's editorial board and have previously served as chair of the Social History Society (a learned society), chair of the editorial board of its journal Cultural and Social History, and as co-editor of the BSA/Policy Press book series 21st Century Standpoints. I am a founder member of the Essex Women's Network and a mentor for the Aurora women's programme within the Leadership Foundation. My own previous leadership roles include Director of the SeNSS ESRC DTP and Dean of the University of Essex's Graduate School.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) History University of Cambridge, (1992)

  • PhD, (on the history of girls' delinquency in Britain), University of Cambridge, 1997

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Director, ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Essex and SeNSS consortium (1/8/2018 - 31/7/2020)

  • Acting Deputy Director, ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership, Sociology, University of Essex (14/3/2018 - 31/7/2018)

  • Dean of the Graduate School, University of Essex (2009 - 2013)

Other academic

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (1/1/2017 - present)

  • Chair, Social History Society (a UK based international learned society) (2016 - 2019)

  • External examiner, Lancaster University (1/1/2014 - 1/1/2016)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

modern social and cultural history

Open to supervise

social policy, social justice and criminal justice

Open to supervise

gender relations

Open to supervise

youth justice, child rights, family law

Open to supervise

Current research

'After care: the impact of multi-agency youth justice interventions in 19th and 20th century England' - collaborative digital history project with Prof Barry Godfrey and Dr Heather Shore (£80,000 Leverhulme)

'Reducing recurrent care proceedings: innovative methods for service evaluationr' - ESRC/UoE Impact Acceleration Account Funding (£10,000)

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Melanie Jane Pearson
Melanie Jane Pearson
Thesis title: Between Legality and Empathy: An Examination of the Coroner's Inquest and its Impact on the Emotions of Those Bereaved By Road Death
Degree subject: Criminology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 25/6/2020
Elizabeth-Ann Everell Newman-Earl
Elizabeth-Ann Everell Newman-Earl
Thesis title: Patch Life: Army Wives Behind the Wire
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 18/2/2020
Marie Hatlelid Foleide
Marie Hatlelid Foleide
Degree subject: Occasional Study: Sociology (Research)
Degree type: Occasional Postgraduate Study
Awarded date: 3/10/2018
Hong Phong Vu
Hong Phong Vu
Thesis title: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Drinking Cultures in Northern Vietnam.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 19/7/2013

Publications

Journal articles (26)

Cox, P., The uses of film and visual sources in labour history. Mundos do Trabalho. 11, 1-12

Cox, P., McPherson, S. and Blumenfeld, F., (2021). Protecting Children, Empowering Birth Parents: New Approaches in Family Justice. Societies. 11 (2), 32-32

Cox, P. and Godfrey, B., (2020). The ‘Great Decarceration’: Historical Trends and Future Possibilities. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. 59 (3), 261-285

Cox, P., McPherson, S., Mason, C., Ryan, M. and Baxter, V., (2020). Reducing Recurrent Care Proceedings: Building a Local Evidence Base in England. Societies. 10 (4), 88-88

Cox, P., Shore, H., Alker, Z. and Godfrey, B., (2018). Tracking the Gendered Life Courses of Care Leavers in Nineteenth Century Britain. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 9 (1), 115-128

McPherson, S., Andrews, L., Taggart, D., Cox, P., Pratt, R., Smith, V. and Thandi, J., (2018). Evaluating integrative services in edge-of-care work. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 40 (3), 299-320

Gill, AK., Cox, P. and Weir, R., (2018). Shaping Priority Services for UK Victims of Honour-based Violence/Abuse, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 57 (4), 576-595

Cox, P., Barratt, C., Blumenfeld, F., Rahemtulla, Z., Taggart, D. and Turton, J., (2017). Reducing recurrent care proceedings: initial evidence from new interventions. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 39 (3), 332-349

Cox, P., (2017). Garotas de loja, história social e teoria social [Shop Girls, Social History and Social Theory]. Revista Brasileira de História. 37 (75), 243-271

Cox, P., (2014). Black Market Britain, 1939-55. By Mark Roodhouse (Oxford University Press, 2013, pp.  65 hb.) * Inter-War Penal Policy and Crime in England: The Dartmoor Convict Prison Riot, 1932. By Alyson Brown (Palgrave, 2013, pp.  50 hb). British Journal of Criminology. 54 (1), 156-160

Cox, P., (2014). Black Market Britain, 1939-55.. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY. 54 (1), 156-160

Cox, P., (2014). Knowing their Place: domestic service in twentieth-century Britain. WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW. 23 (4), 674-676

Cox, P., (2013). The Future Uses of History. History Workshop Journal. 75 (1), 125-145

Cox, P., (2012). Feminism and Criminal Justice: a historical perspective ANNE LOGAN. Women's History Review. 21 (2), 325-326

Cox, P., (2012). History and global criminology. British Journal of Criminology. 52 (1), 17-31

Cox, P., (2012). Marginalized Mothers, Reproductive Autonomy, and ‘Repeat Losses To Care’. Journal of Law and Society. 39 (4), 541-561

Cox, P., (2012). History And Global Criminology: (Re)Inventing Delinquency in Vietnam. British Journal of Criminology. 52 (1), 17-31

Cox, P., (2010). Juvenile Justice Reform and Policy Convergence in the New Vietnam. Youth Justice. 10 (3), 227-244

Cox, P., (2010). Towards a Mixed Economy of Youth Justice. Essex Human Rights Review. 7 (1), 40-49

Cox, P., (2007). Compulsion, Voluntarism, and Venereal Disease: Governing Sexual Health in England after the Contagious Diseases Acts. Journal of British Studies. 46 (1), 91-115

Cox, P., (2007). Compulsion, Voluntarism, and Venereal Disease: Governing Sexual Health in England after the Contagious Diseases Acts. Journal of British Studies. 46 (1), 91-115

Cox, P., (2001). Gender and Crime in Modern Europe, Margaret L. Arnot and Cornelie Usborne. The English Historical Review. 116 (468), 991-992

COX, P., (2001). SHORTER NOTICES. The English Historical Review. CXVI (468), 991-992

Cox, P., (2000). The orphan country: Children of Scotland's broken homes. WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW. 9 (1), 168-170

Cox, P., (1999). Gender, power and penality. Research on Women in Modern Chinese History. 7, 149-162

Cox, P., (1998). Futures for feminist histories. Gender & History. 11 (1), 164-168

Books (10)

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Cox, A., Crowhurst, I., Di Ronco, A., Fussey, P., Sergi, A., South, N., Thiel, D. and Turton, J., (2020). Criminology. A Sociological Introduction (Fourth edition). Routledge

Godfrey, B., Cox, P., Shore, H. and Alker, Z., (2017). Young Criminal Lives: Life Courses and Life Chances from 1850. Oxford University Press. 0198788495. 9780198788492

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Fussey, P., Hobbs, D., South, N. and Thiel, D., (2014). Criminology: A Sociological Introduction (3rd Edition). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 978-0-415-64080-0

Cox, P. and Hobley, A., (2014). Shopgirls - The True Story Of Life Behind The Counter. Hutchinson. 9780091954468

Carrabine, E., Lee, M., South, N., Cox, P. and Plummer, K., (2008). Criminology A Sociological Introduction, 2nd Edition. Routledge. 9780415464505

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Lee, M., Plummer, K. and South, N., (2004). Criminology: A Sociological Introduction (First edition). Routledge. 9780415281683

Carrabine, E., Iganski, P., Lee, M., South, N., Plummer, K. and Turton, J., (2004). Criminology: A Sociological Introduction. Routledge. 9780415640787

Cox, P., (2003). Bad Girls in Britain. Gender, Justice and Welfare, 1900-1950. Palgrave Macmillan. 9780333744345

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Lee, M. and South, N., (2002). Crime in Modern Britain. Oxford University Press. 978-0-19-924611-3

Cox, P. and Shore, H., (2002). Becoming Delinquent: British and European Youth, 1650-1950. Ashgate. 9780754622284

Book chapters (13)

Cox, P., Shore, H. and Godfrey, B., (2018). Researching the history of victims. In: Doing Criminological Research. Editors: Davies, P., . Sage

Cox, P., (2018). Children and relational citizenship: a history. In: Justice for Children: A Developmental Perspective. Editors: Shaw, M. and Bailey, . Cambridge University Press

Cox, P., (2017). Juvenile crime in Britain. In: A Companion to The History of Crime and Criminal Justice. Editors: Turner, J., Taylor, P., Corteen, K. and Morley, S., . Policy Press. 119- 122. 9781447325888

Cox, P., (2017). Industrial schools. In: A Companion to The History of Crime and Criminal Justice. Editors: Turner, J., Taylor, P., Corteen, K. and Morley, S., . Policy Press. 107- 109. 9781447325888

Cox, P., (2017). Borstals. In: A Companion to The History of Crime and Criminal Justice. Editors: Turner, J., Taylor, P., Corteen, K. and Morley, S., . Policy Press. 16- 18. 9781447325888

Cox, P., (2017). Borstals. In: A Companion to The History of Crime and Criminal Justice. 9781447325871

Cox, P., (2017). Juvenile crime in britain. In: A Companion to The History of Crime and Criminal Justice. 9781447325871

Cox, P., (2017). Industrial schools. In: A Companion to The History of Crime and Criminal Justice. 9781447325871

Cox, P., (2004). Girls in Trouble. Defining Female Delinquency, Britain 1900-1950. In: Secret Gardens, Satanic Mills: Placing Girls in European History, 1750-1960. Editors: Maynes, MJ., S�land, B. and Benninghaus, C., . Indiana University Press. 192- 208. 978-0-253-21710-3

Cox, P., (2002). Race, Deliquency and Difference in Twentieth Century Britain. In: Becoming Delinquent: British and European Youth 1650-1950. Editors: Cox, P. and Shore, H., . Ashgate. 159- 177. 9780754622284

Cox, P. and Shore, H., (2002). Re-inventing the Juvenile Deliquent in Britain and Europe, 1650-1950. In: Becoming Delinquent: British and European Youth, 1650-1950. Editors: Cox, P. and Shore, H., . Ashgate. 1- 22. 9780754622284

Cox, P., (1999). Recits d'exclues en Angleterre (vers 1900). In: Les Exclus en Europe 1830-1930. Editors: Gueslin, A. and Kalifa, D., . Editions de l'Atelier. 38- 48. 9782708234154

Cox, P., (1996). Girls, deficiency and delinquency. In: From Idiocy to Deficiency: Historical Perspectives on People with Learning Disabilities. Editors: Digby, A. and Wright, D., . Routledge. 184- 206

Reports and Papers (1)

Cox, P., Lamont, R. and Sunkin, M., (2020). Constitutional powers of the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales

Grants and funding

2020

Proposal to Evaluate the �Step Together� Service run by Venus Charity, Sefton, Merseyside (Year 3 - Oct 2019 to Sept 2020; Year 4 � Oct 2020 to Sept 2021)

Venus Charity

Independent evaluation of Strengthening Families Service, Salford

Strengthening Families Service

PHE Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund 2019-20

The Dartington Hall Trust

Study in support of consideration of the constitutional powers of the UK Victims� Commissioner

Office of the Victims Commissioner

2019

Stockport Comma Evaluation

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Edge of Care Service Evaluation

Family Action

2018

Evaluation of Recurrent Court Proceedings

Venus Charity

Victims' access to justice through English criminal courts, 1675 to the present

Economic and Social Research Council

Research in Practice. Evaluation tool's users guide for local authorities

The Dartington Hall Trust

Research in Practice. Evaluation tool's users guide for local authorities

The Dartington Hall Trust

2017

Research into Honour Based Assault, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage, to inform Victims� Services Commissioning Strategy and County DA Strategy

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

2015

Evaluation interventions to reduce recurrent care proceedings

University of Essex

2013

A Social and Economic History of UK Shop Workers

Economic & Social Research Council

After Care: Youth Justice and its long term impacts, 1850-1945

Leverhulme Trust

Contact

pamcox@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872644

Location:

6.324, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Thurs 9-11am