Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


About

I am a Professor of Criminology and Director of Studies for the MA in Criminology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

My main research interests centre around issues of crime and punishment, with a particular focus on crime prevention and community safety on one hand and prisons and penal policy on the other.

Career 

I was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University between 1977 and 1990. I joined the University of Leicester as a Senior Lecturer from 1990 to 1993. From there I became a Reader and Professor of Criminology at Middlesex University between 1993 and 2004. Before joining SSPSSR, I was a Professor of Criminology at London South Bank University from 2004 to 2011.

Education

I completed my PhD at the University of Essex, my MA in Sociology/Criminology at the University of Sussex and a BA (Hons) in Social Science at Middlesex University.

 

Contact Information

Address

Room E129
Cornwallis East
University of Kent
Canterbury
Kent CT2 7NF

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Publications

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Article
Matthews, R. (2017). False Starts, Wrong Turns and Dead Ends: Reflections on Recent Developments in Criminology. Critical Criminology [Online] 25:577-591. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10612-017-9372-9.
Ignatans, D. and Matthews, R. (2017). Immigration and the Crime Drop: International Perspectives. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice [Online] 25:205-229. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1163/15718174-02503002.
Matthews, R. (2015). Female prostitution and victimization: A realist analysis. International Review of Victimology [Online] 21:85-100. Available at: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269758014547994.
Matthews, R. (2014). Cultural realism? Crime Media Culture [Online] 10:203-214. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741659014556045.
Matthews, R. (2014). Female prostitution and Victimasation. International Review of Victimology [Online] 21:85-100. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269758014547994.
Matthews, R. (2010). The Construction of 'So What?' Criminology: A Realist Analysis. Crime, Law and Social Change [Online] 54:125-140. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-010-9249-2.
Matthews, R. (2009). Beyond 'so what?' criminology: Rediscovering realism. Theoretical Criminology [Online] 13. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362480609336497.
Hubbard, P., Matthews, R. and Scoular, J. (2009). Legal Geographies - Controlling sexually oriented businesses: Law, Licensing, and the geographies of a controversial land use. Urban Geography [Online] 30:185-205. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2747/0272-3638.30.2.185.
Hubbard, P. et al. (2008). Away from prying eyes? The urban geographies of 'adult entertainment'. Progress in Human Geography [Online] 32:363-381. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132508089095 .
Hubbard, P., Matthews, R. and Scoular, J. (2008). Regulating sex work in the EU: prostitute women and the new spaces of exclusion. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography [Online] 15:137-152. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09663690701863232.
Matthews, R. (2005). Policing prostitution: Ten years on. British Journal of Criminology [Online] 45:877-895. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azi046.
Matthews, R. (2005). The myth of punitiveness. Theoretical Criminology [Online] 9:175-201. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362480605051639 .
Book section
Easton, H. and Matthews, R. (2016). Getting the Balance Right: The Ethics of Researching Women Trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation. in: Siegel, D. and de Wildt, R. eds. Ethical Concerns in Research on Human Trafficking. Springer International Publishing, pp. 11-32. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21521-1_2.
Matthews, R. (2010). Realist Criminology Revisited. in: Newburn, T. and McLaughlin, E. eds. The Sage Handbook of Criminological Theory. SAGE Publications Ltd. Available at: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book228876?siteId=sage-uk&prodTypes=any&q=+9781412920384&pageTitle=productsSearch.
Book
Matthews, R. (2015). Criminologia Realista. Edicions Didot Buenos Aires.
Matthews, R. et al. (2014). Exiting Prostitution: A Study on Female Desistance. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Matthews, R. (2014). Realist Criminology. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Matthews, R. (2009). Doing Time: An Introduction to the Sociology of Imprisonment. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=371104.
Matthews, R. (2008). Prostitution, Politics & Policy . [Online]. Taylor & Francis Ltd. Available at: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415459167/.
Matthews, R. et al. (2007). Assessing The Use and Impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders . [Online]. Bristol: Policy Press. Available at: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847420572&sf1=keyword&st1=9781847420572&m=1&dc=1.
Matthews, R. (2002). Armed Robbery. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Edited book
Matthews, R.A. and Young, J. eds. (2003). The New Politics of Crime and Punishment. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Matthews, R.A. and O'Neill, M. eds. (2003). Prostitution. Ashgate Publishing Group.
Matthews, R.A. and Pitts, J. eds. (2001). Crime, Disorder and Community Safety. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Matthews, R.A. ed. (1999). Imprisonment . [Online]. Ashgate. Available at: http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&title_id=286&edition_id=355.
Review
Matthews, R. (2002). Crime and control in late modernity. Theoretical Criminology [Online] 6:217-226. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/136248060200600205.
Total publications in KAR: 26 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Research interests

My main research interests centre around issues of crime and punishment with a particular focus on crime prevention and community safety on one hand and prisons and penal policy on the other.

I have conducted research on armed robbery, shoplifting, and the use of CCTV cameras, disorder and anti-social behaviour. In relation to punishment, I have conducted research on diversion from custody, developing alternatives to prison and evaluating the use of community based sanctions. In addition I have conducted research on prostitution and sex trafficking involving comparative studies across Europe and more detailed studies in the UK.

Current

At the moment I am involved in five research projects:

  • An examination of women exiting prostitution, which is being undertaken in collaboration with Eaves Housing for Women and is funded by the National Lottery. The aim of this project is to examine and understand the process of desistance and the process of leaving prostitution.
  • A piece of research to evaluate a community-based alternative to custody for women in Glasgow. This project involves an examination of the effectiveness in providing a community-based form of support for women offenders. This project was funded by the Scottish Office.
  • The third project has a similar focus and is based in Northern Ireland and funded by the Northern Ireland Office. It involves an examination of approbation centered diversion programme for women in the Belfast area.
  • A project which focuses on sex trafficking in Scotland and is funded by the EHRC. It examines the dynamics of sex trafficking and is based on interviews with victims and practitioners.
  • A project also based in Scotland involving a strategic review of prostitution policy and practice in Glasgow over the last decade. It is funded by Glasgow City Council and is based on extensive research with women involved in indoor and street prostitution, practitioners and policy makers.

Past  

During the 1990s, I carried out a piece of research on armed robbery and the findings were published in a book entitled “Armed Robbery” (Willan 2002)

Supervision

I am currently supervising six PhD students. If you have a proposal in my areas of interest and you are interesting in studying at the University of Kent, please email me to discuss further.

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Teaching

I currently convene the MA Criminology course and teach on module S0895 Crime Prevention and Community Safety. back to top

Activity

Memberships

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology.
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology.
  • Founding member of the Latin American Society on Penal Law and Criminology (ALPEC).

Advisory

Member of the international advisory board of the journal Theoretical Criminology.

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Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 08/09/2016