Profile: Junior Challenge Panel Member Julian Hargreaves

Today, we are very pleased to introduce the second Junior Challenge Panel Member of 2013. Julian Hargreaves joins Mark McGlashan to round off this year’s group of junior researchers joining the Challenge Panel. Julian comes to CASS from Criminology, enhancing the cross-disciplinary perspective of the Panel. Here’s what he has to say by way of introduction:

Julian Hargreaves photo 2013I am a second year PhD student, and a Faculty Scholarship recipient, from the Lancaster University Law School. I study criminology, am interested in British Muslim communities, and am working on a thesis which looks at the concept of Islamophobia. More specifically, I am researching constructions of Islamophobia within British criminological literature and assessing whether the various assertions and conclusions found there are supported or challenged by available statistical evidence.

As part of my ongoing PhD commitments, I also teach two modules on the BA (Hons) Criminology degree: ASSC102 Crime and Social Life (a first year introduction to the study of criminology), and ASSC204 Measuring Crime (an introduction to the use of statistics within criminology for second year students). I have also provided lectures on the use of crime statistics, and the policing of ethnic minority communities.

I am interested in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. My research incorporates statistical analysis (particularly of large-scale social survey data) as well as qualitative research tools such as interviews, ethnographic study and the use of grounded theory. I am interested in the broader topics of civil liberties, social justice, hate crime, and the workings of the legal and criminal justice systems in the UK.

When I’m not busy at my desk I enjoy music (anything from classical to dancehall reggae), cinema (particularly film noir), cooking (especially Italian food), and attempting to counter the effects of the latter by occassionally visiting the sports centre.

Profile: Junior Challenge Panel Member Mark McGlashan

Each year, two early researchers are appointed to the Challenge Panel, where they benefit both from the contact with senior colleagues and from the interdisciplinary nature of the panel’s working environment. We’re pleased to introduce the first 2013 appointment, Lancaster University PhD student Mark McGlashan. Here’s what Mark has to say about himself and his work:

Mark McGI am Mark McGlashan, a doctoral student in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. My ESRC funded research looks at the representations of same-sex parents in children’s picturebooks. Though my research is concerned with issues relating to homophobia and how children’s literature might be used to challenge or prevent the perpetuation of homophobia, I am generally interested in issues of social inequality and injustice. With the help of CASS, I am taking my work beyond the boundaries of my PhD to work with key individuals from, amongst others, academia, publishing, and politics to increase the visibility and availability of LGBT children’s literature that challenge homophobia in schools.

Profile: Chief Project Ambassador Cary Cooper

carycooperWe are very proud to introduce Prof. Sir Cary Cooper, the Centre’s Chief Project Ambassador. Prof. Sir Cooper is a Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health in Lancaster University’s highly acclaimed Management School, and Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, and thus has a broad experience of the different disciplines within the Centre’s purview.

Prof. Sir Cooper holds the Centre’s ideology of bettering broad dissemination of research results close to his own heart. In addition to his academic positions, Professor Sir Cooper is also the President of the Institute of Welfare, Past President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, President of RELATE, a former national Ambassador of The Samaritans, and a Patron of the Anxiety UK. As such, he has many links to non-academic users of research beyond those directly named as Ambassadors within the Centre.

As Chief Project Ambassador, Prof. Sir Cooper sits on the Management Board of CASS specifically to represent the interests of the other Project Ambassadors, liaising with them to ensure that their involvements with the Centre are mutually advantageous and result in the highest quality benefits for users of research at all levels. As the Chief Project Ambassador, Prof. Sir Cooper also reviews nominations for new non-academic members of the College proposed by members of the Centre, and presents the case for inclusion to the Centre management board.

Prof. Sir Cooper holds the mission of CASS in high regard, believing that heightened interdisciplinarity and wider distribution of knowledge can have some very positive effects on the work of academics and non-academics alike. CASS is very pleased to have such an esteemed scholar and forward thinker leading up the College of Project Ambassadors.