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Prof Christopher Birkbeck
Prof Christopher Birkbeck
postal addressUniversity of Salford, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Crescent House, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT.
email addressc.h.birkbeck@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 2956551
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From August 2013 to present.
From October 2011 to August 2013.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for Social Research
From January 2010 to August 2015.
From August 2013 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

- Crime and criminal justice in Latin America, with a particular focus on Venezuela. Current main interest: collective morality as seen in commentary on crime across the Americas. Recent previous work: use of force by the police, prisons and alternatives to imprisonment.

Key Qualifications
1974
First Class Winner: Herbertson Memorial Prize (best thesis)
1979
1981
Dissertation: "Property Crime and the Poor in Cali, Colombia"
Key Projects
2019
Jun
The Impact of International Development Research (Tender)
UK Research & Innovation, £29,884.00.
Principal Investigator: L Ackers (80%). Co-Investigators: C Birkbeck (10%), L Kenney (10%).
2016
Aug
The Dramatic Dimension of Restorative Justice
British Academy, £8,359.00.
Principal Investigator: C Birkbeck (50%). Co-Investigator: G Smith (50%).
2016
Mar
Inter-Generational networking study
Manchester City Council, £14,998.00.
Principal Investigator: M Quraishi (50%). Co-Investigator: C Birkbeck (50%).
2009
Mar
CASE Studentship on Neighbourhood Policing
ESRC, £62,040.00.
Principal Investigator: M O'Neill (48%). Co-Investigators: N Hazel (27%), C Birkbeck (25%).
Key Publications
Authored Books
Refereed Journal Articles
Book Sections
Edited Books
Encyclopedia Entries
Reviews
Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2004
Dec
Coordinator of Programme Committee and of the Local Arrangements Committee for the first annual meeting of the Venezuelan Criminology Forum.
Conference Presentations
2010
Sep
2008
Sep
A preliminary analysis of newspaper articles about crime selected from two sources in the United States and two sources in Latin America. The results are presented within a "social constructionist" framework that pays attention to... more >>.
2008
Jul
Preliminary results from a content analysis of newspaper articles from two sources in the USA and two in Latin America. These are presented within a "social constructionist" framework and the argument is made that empiricism is st... more >>.
External Examiner Duties
2009
Oct

External Examiner for the undergraduate programme in Criminology.

Honorary Posts (e.g. Visiting Appointments)
2009
Jan
To work with staff at the University of Florida in the development of the research and postgraduate programme on "Crime, Law and Governance in the Americas." To teach a postgraduate course on "Crime and Criminal Justice in Latin A... more >>.
Invited Papers and Lectures
2012
Nov

Examines moral talk about crime, as seen in six newspapers from the Americas, and its role in constituting a notional community of honourable citizens.

2012
Jul

Presents comparisons of the nature of confinement in Anglo America and Latin America, arguing that penal facilities in the latter region have lower levels of control and are best characterised as providing internment rather tha... more >>.

2011
May

Examines the salience and content of police commentary about crime, and commentary about the police, in a sample of newspaper articles drawn from Latin America and North America. Compared to North America, the Latin American po... more >>.

2011
Apr

Reviews the development of Criminology teaching in the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, and examines the different ways in which the discipline equips graduates for work in research and the criminal justice sector.

2011
Mar
2009
Dec

A comparison of normative discourse about crime and control as found in commentaries on crime published in Latin American and North American newspapers.

2009
Mar

A presentation of preliminary findings from my project comparing commentaries on crime published in newspapers in the hemisphere.