Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:00
Seminar Series: Hybridisation, capture or coexistence? Exploring voluntary sector futures in criminal justice  - lessons from England and Wales

When: Wednesday 14th November 12-2pm
Where: LAWS101, Level 1, Law Building, F8, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Speaker: Dr Mary Corcoran,  Keele University, UK
Title: “Hybridisation, capture or coexistence? Exploring voluntary sector futures in criminal justice  - lessons from England and Wales”
Lunch: Sandwiches, RSVP to for catering purposes

PowerPoint Slides: Click here


The profile of the voluntary/charitable sector’s work in criminal justice has become sharply magnified in recent years as several countries seek to develop ‘mixed economies’ to maintain their public services.  Austerity, welfare state shrinkage, marketisation and new public managerialism have, in their different ways, accelerated the trend towards hybridised criminal justice services. The transition in role and status to contracted ‘partners’ in criminal justice provision (alongside state agencies and for-profits) poses fundamental questions about the power relations which inhere in these partnerships, the further blurring of their functions, and the extent to which private (non-state) agencies ought to be accountable as public entities.

Dr Mary Corcoran will discuss the tripartite formation of statutory bodies, the voluntary sector and private capital in England and Wales in the areas of probation and penal resettlement. Drawing on a recently concluded, large-scale research project, she will share findings about the significant paradigms shifts that are taking place in the voluntary sector in that part of the UK in the context of deep marketisation, post-modern governance networks and managerialist ideologies.

Dr Mary Corcoran is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Keele University, UK.  Dr Corcoran has published in numerous books and journals including the British Journal of Criminology, Critical Social Policy, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Current Issues in Criminal Justice and others.  Mary served as Director of Programmes for the Bachelors in Criminology programme (2102-16) and is currently Director for the Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Keele University.  Mary is a member of the Academic Advisory Panel, Probation Institute, England & Wales, and sits on the evidence and evaluation advisory panels for voluntary sector organisations.  She served on the advisory board for the Police and Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire (2014-16) and has contributed to the Neuberger review (2008) of the voluntary sector in criminal justice. She advised on the National Audit Office progress review of the part-privatisation of probation in the UK (2018). Mary frequently works on community justice issues both locally and nationally. Mary is also an active member of the Social, Cultural and Civic Resilience research group in the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion.  She has given guest lectures at the universities of Cambridge, Cork, the Open University, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of East Finland at Kuopio. Mary has held research visitorships at the Center for Third Sector Research Ben Gurion University, Israel, and is a Research Visitor Fellow at the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, University of New South Wales in 2018.