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Thomas Guiney

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Thomas Guiney is an Assistant Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Tom joined the University of Nottingham in September 2021 having previously held positions at Oxford Brookes and the London School of Economics where he was a Visiting Fellow in the Mannheim Centre for Criminology.

Tom completed his PhD in Social Policy at the LSE in 2016, and read for an MSc (Distinction) in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford (2009). Prior to this, Tom spent a number of years working in public policy with the Prison Reform Trust, Bond and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Tom has given oral evidence to several Parliamentary Select Committees, he has contributed guest articles to the Huffington Post, Daily Telegraph and he has appeared on the BBC and ITV on questions relating to penal policy.

Expertise Summary

My primary research interests include penal policy-making, the politics of law and order and the history of criminal justice in England and Wales, with particular reference to parole and other 'early release' mechanisms.

I am currently working on the following research projects:

  • Parole, parole boards and prison release
  • Political parties
  • Prison buildings and prison building programmes
  • Historical Criminology and path dependent explanations of policy change

Tom welcomes enquires from prospective doctoral applicants in his fields of interest.

Research Summary

My primary research interests include penal policy-making, the politics of law and order and the history of criminal justice in England and Wales, with particular reference to parole and other 'early… read more

Current Research

My primary research interests include penal policy-making, the politics of law and order and the history of criminal justice in England and Wales, with particular reference to parole and other 'early release' mechanisms.

Monographs

  • Guiney, T. (2018) Getting Out: Early Release in England and Wales, 1960-1995. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Clarendon Studies in Criminology).

Journal Articles

  • Guiney, T. (2019) Marginal gains or diminishing returns? Ideas, penal bifurcation and the administration of prisoner release in England and Wales. European Journal of Probation, 11(3): 139-152
  • Guiney, T. (2019) Solid foundations? Towards a historical sociology of prison building programmes in England and Wales, 1959-2015. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 58(4): 459-476.
  • Guiney, T. (2019) Constructing the 'rehabilitative ideal': Revisiting the legacy of the 1959 prison building programme. Prison Service Journal, 246(November): 35-40.
  • Guiney, T. (2018) Excavating the archive: Reflections on a historical criminology of government, penal policy and criminal justice change. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 20(1):76-92.
  • Guiney, T. (2018) An Idea Whose Time Had Come? The Creation of a Modern System of Parole in England and Wales. Prison Service Journal, 237(June): 14-17.

Book Reviews

  • Guiney, T. (2020) Book Review: Killing Time: Life Imprisonment and Parole in Ireland. By Diarmuid Griffin. Punishment & Society. doi:10.1177/1462474520980344
  • Guiney, T. (2019) Book Review: Crime Control & Everyday Life in the Victorian City: The Police & the Public. By David Churchill. Crime, Media, Culture, 16(3): 455-458.
  • Guiney, T. (2018) Book Review: On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice. By Frederic G. Reamer. British Journal of Criminology, 58(6): 1526-1528.

Reports

  • Guiney, T. and Earle, J. (2017) Fair Cop: Improving Outcomes for Women at the Point of Arrest. With foreword by Dame Vera Baird QC. London: Prison Reform Trust.

Past Research

Public Engagement

Conference Papers

  • Explaining 'penal momentum': Path dependence, historical perspectives and the curious case of prison population forecasting. European Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2021, 10 September 2021.
  • 'Path Dependence, Historical Explanation and the Puzzling Continuities of Criminal Justice'. ANZSOC Annual Conference, 20 November 2020.
  • 'Politics, penal bifurcation and the administration of prisoner release in England and Wales. Howard League of Penal Reform, Crime, Justice and Social Harms Conference (Cancelled due to Covid-19), 31 March 2020.
  • Invited keynote - 'Parole: Changes and Challenges'. Co-presented with Professor Nicky Padfield. University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology Seminar Series, 27 February 2020.
  • 'Marginal gains or diminishing returns? Politics, penal bifurcation and the administration of prisoner release in England and Wales.' European Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2019, University of Ghent, September 2019.
  • 'Thatcherism, law and order, and the legacy of the 1981 Conservative Party Conference'. Thatcher Network Annual Conference 2019. University of Derby, 6 June 2019.
  • 'It was not what they wanted': Thatcherism, law and order, and the legacy of the 1981. Conservative Party Conference. Historical Criminology Conference 2019, University of Plymouth, 10 April 2019.
  • Invited keynote - 'How to release? Statecraft, legitimacy and the evolution of parole as a public policy concern'. Institute of Criminal Justice Research Seminar Series, University of Southampton, 20 February 2019.
  • Invited keynote - 'Betwixt and Between': The Evolution of Parole as a Public Policy Concern in England and Wales". Mannheim Centre for Criminology Seminar Series, London School of Economics and Political Science, 31 October 2018.
  • 'Monuments in stone: a comparative historical analysis of prison building programmes in England and Wales since 1959'. Howard League of Penal Reform Conference, Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness, 21-22 March 2018.
  • Invited keynote - 'The state we're in: the challenges facing our penal system...'. University of Leicester, Centre for Criminology, 1 December 2017.
  • 'Invited keynote - The creation of a modern parole system in England and Wales, 1960-1968 (and the Parole Board that nearly wasn't)'. Parole Board Annual General Meeting, 29 September 2017.
  • 'Inside the Home Office: Organisational Factors in the Development of Criminal Justice Policy and Administration'. British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 5 July 2017.

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