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Andrew Henley

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences



Andrew is Assistant Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and a member of the Criminal Justice Research Centre. He joined the University of Nottingham in June 2018. He has been researching criminal records and their impact on the life chances and citizenship of people with criminal records for over a decade.

Andrew's research interests are primarily in the areas of punishment and social control. In particular, he is interested in the impact of criminal records and post-sentence control measures on the citizenship and life chances of people with criminal records (the so-called 'collateral consequences' of punishment). He is also interested in the political discourse which surrounds the contemporary governance of crime and punishment.

His PhD, conducted under the supervision of Dr Mary Corcoran and Professor Ronnie Lippens at Keele University, was the first, detailed critical examination of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Using archival research, it drew upon Michel Foucault's work on power, knowledge and discourse to analyse the emergence of legal rehabilitation in England and Wales.

His current work with Dr Lauren Bradford and Rhiannon Davies examines the disqualification of people with a criminal record from access to statutory compensation following their victimisation through violent crime. He is also engaged in a piece of work which applies Foucault's work on governmentality to theorise the biopolitical power effects of criminal records retention and disclosure in the Information Age.

He is a former trustee and Chair of the charity Unlock which provides information, advice and advocacy for people with convictions who are seeking to move forwards positively with their lives. He maintains links with Unlock through a Midlands Graduate School ESCR Collaborative PhD Studentship held by Charlotte Brooks which he co-supervises with Dr Nicola Carr (UoN) and Dr Rachel Tynan (Unlock). This examines access to higher education for people with criminal records.

Andrew and Nicola also co-supervise ESRC funded doctoral research by Zoe Rubenstein (on the UK policy context of interventions for potential perpetrators child sexual abuse) and Rebecca Bull (a comparative analysis of criminal records regimes in several non-Anglosphere jurisdictions).

Andrew is a member of the British Society for Criminology and the European Society of Criminology. In relation to the latter he is a member of the Working Group on 'Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records'.

Teaching Summary

Andrew is an experienced teacher having worked in higher education at both the University of Nottingham and Keele University.

His experience includes the convening and teaching on modules in the areas of punishment, prisons, criminal justice and criminological theory.

He has supervised dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has successfully mentored a number of students through the process of applying for funding to pursue PhD research.

As well as convening and teaching the core first year BA Criminology module 'Punishment and Penality' he is currently developing a second year elective module on 'Criminalisation and Social Exclusion'.

Recent Publications

  • HENLEY, A.J., 2019. Alternative approaches to criminal records: how can we achieve justice as fairness?. In: CARLEN, P. and AYRES-FRANCA, L., eds., Justice Alternatives Routledge. 321-339
  • HENLEY, A.J., 2018. Mind the gap: sentencing, rehabilitation and civic purgatory Probation Journal. 63(3), 285–301
  • HENLEY, A.J., 2018. Civil and social death: criminal background and the loss of the self. In: READ, S., SANTATZOGLOU, S. and WRIGLEY, A., eds., Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System Routledge. 76-84
  • HENLEY, A.J., 2017. Criminal records and conditional citizenship: towards a critical sociology of post-sentence discrimination. In: FLETCHER, S. and WHITE, H., eds., Emerging Voices: Critical Social Research by European Group Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers European Group Press. 119-128

Past Research

Invited papers and talks

  • Henley, A.J. (2019) Invited panel member and discussant following a screening of the film 'A Second Chance' (2019, dir. Rex Bloomstein), University of Leicester, 5th November
  • Henley, A.J. (2019) 'Resisting civic purgatory: achieving 'justice as fairness' in criminal records disclosure', presented at Criminal Records Disclosure and Recidivism in the Digital Age, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 13th June
  • Henley, A.J. and Stacey, C.N. (2015) 'Criminal records checks for employment purposes: what can the Anglosphere learn from continental Europe?', The Regulation of Criminal Records and their Impact on Re-entry to the Labour Market (International Seminar). Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 12th June
  • Henley, A.J. (2018) 'Criminal records and the biopolitics of life chances: from discipline to regulation?', Theorising sites of discipline in society, Liverpool Hope University, 23rd May
  • Hudson, K.; Taylor C. and Henley, A.J. (2012) 'Trends in the management of registered sexual offenders in Wales', Understanding sex offender disclosure in Wales: Devolution, Context and Partnership Networks - ESRC Knowledge Exchange Network, Cardiff University, 28th September

Conference papers

  • Henley, A.J. (2019) 'Resisting civic purgatory: achieving 'justice as fairness' in criminal records disclosure', presented at 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, University of Gent, 18th-21st September
  • Henley, A.J. (2018) 'Criminal records, 'collateral consequences' and civic purgatory: how might we achieve 'justice as fairness'?', Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness, Keble College, University of Oxford, 22nd-23rd March
  • Henley, A.J. (2017) 'Is the possession of a criminal record compatible with meaningful citizenship?', Crime, Politics and Society Conference, University of Sheffield, 10th-11th April
  • Henley, A.J. (2016) ''Debt to society' or 'moral mortgage'? Criminal records and the unintended consequences of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974', Annual Conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Lancaster University, 5th-7th April
  • Hudson, K.; Taylor C. and Henley, A.J. (2014) 'Trends in the Management of Registered Sexual Offenders Across England and Wales: A geographical approach to the study of sexual offending', European Society of Criminology', 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Prague, 10th-13th September (non-attending co-author)
  • Henley, A.J. (2014) 'Mind the gap: non-superiority and the paradox of civic purgatory', Resisting the demonization of 'the Other': State, nationalism and social control in a time of crisis - 42nd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Liverpool John Moores University, 3-6th September
  • Henley, A.J. (2014) 'Criminal stigma: the oil on the 'revolving doors' and the need for an 'abolitionist doorstop'', Penal law, Abolitionism and Anarchism: British/Irish section of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and the Hulsman Foundation, Shire Hall, Nottingham, 26-27th April
  • Henley, A.J. (2013) 'A false dichotomy: prisoners versus the 'law-abiding public', The Prison and the Public, Edge Hill University, 27th March

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