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Dr Harry Annison LLB (Soton), MSc, DPhil (Oxon)

Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology, Co-Director for the Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS)

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Dr Harry Annison is a Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology at Southampton Law School. His research currently focuses upon penal policymaking, and indeterminate sentencing.

LLB (Soton) 2006; MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Oxon) 2009; DPhil Criminology (Oxon) 2013.

Harry is Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology, and Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS). He is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Criminology in Michaelmas 2016.

His research primarily centres upon penal policymaking, analysing the beliefs and practices that underpin criminal justice policy. He also has a keen interest in indeterminate sentencing , and the theoretical and practical issues raised therein. His first monograph Dangerous Politics was published by Oxford University Press in October 2015. His work has been published in leading journals including Theoretical Criminology and The Journal of Law and Society.

Dr Annison has also conducted research on criminal justice practice, serving as co-investigator on a project researching Integrated Offender Management (IOM) for Thames Valley Police and Thames Valley Probation. He has also collaborated with the Howard League for Penal Reform on its ‘What is Justice?’ symposium, acting as consultant for the ‘One Idea for Change’ and ‘Ideas for Justice’ initiatives.

Harry welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral applicants in his fields of interest.






Research interests

My primary research interests are penal policy, criminal law, criminal justice, dangerous offenders and the theory and methods of interpretive political analysis.

My current research primarily seeks to explore the interaction between the beliefs and traditions drawn upon by British political actors and broader trends such as those commonly understood as the 'rise of risk' and the 'rise of the public voice'.

In addition, from June 2013 I have been co-investigator on a funded project relating to Integrated Offender Management. The initial phase of this project had sought to assess the nature and extent of IOM in that area, to explore police and probation officers' views of IOM as it currently operates, to 'map' relevant services and to conduct a systematic review of relevant existing research.

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