Katja Franko, Professor of Criminology, University of Oslo, Norway

Katja has published widely in globalization, borders, security, and surveillance of everyday life. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Justice and its Discontents (co-edited with C. Baillet, Routledge, 2011), Technologies of Insecurity (co-edited with H.M. Lomell and H.O. Gundhus, Routledge-Cavendish, 2009), Globalization and Crime (Sage, 2012), and Sentencing in the Age of Information: From Faust to Macintosh (Routledge-Cavendish, 2005). She is currently heading an ERC Starting Grant project ‘Crime Control in the Borderlands of Europe’.

Jamie Bennett, Governor, HMP Grendon and Spring Hill, UK

Jamie has worked in prisons since 1996 and held a number of senior positions. He is currently Governor of HMP Grendon & Springhill.  HMP Grendon is the only prison to operate entirely as a series of therapeutic communities. The work of Grendon has an international reputation in providing effective interventions for men who have committed serious offences and have personality disorders. HMP Springhill is an innovative open prison which helps men to prepare for their release and resettle into the community. Jamie is also editor of the Prison Service Journal and has published over 100 articles and reviews covering topics including: prisons and the media, social inequality and imprisonment, and the development of managerialism. He has produced three books: Understanding Prison Staff (edited with Ben Crewe and Azrini Wahidin, Willan, 2008), Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment (edited with Yvonne Jewkes, Willan, 2008) and The Prisoner (edited with Ben Crewe, Routledge, 2011).

Hindpal Singh Bhui, Inspection Team Leader, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, UK

Hindpal is an Inspection Team Leader at HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) where he heads inspection of the immigration detention estate in the United Kingdom. He has helped to train prison monitors from a number of countries. He was formerly a probation officer and a criminal justice lecturer. He was editor of the Probation Journal from 1997 to 2007. He has published a number of articles and book chapters on prisons, probation, foreign prisoners and immigration detention and an edited book on Race and Criminal Justice (Sage). His PhD research focused on issues of legitimacy and coherence in the management of foreign prisoners and immigration detainees.

Ben Bowling, Professor of Law, Kings College London, UK

Ben Bowling’s books include Violent Racism (Oxford University Press, 1998), Racism, Crime and Justice (with Coretta Phillips, Longman, 2002), Policing the Caribbean: Transnational Security Cooperation in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010), Global Policing (with James Sheptycki, Sage 2012), and Stop and Search: Police Power in Global Context (with Leanne Weber, Routledge, 2012).

Jennifer Chacón, Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, USA

Jennifer researches the intersection of criminal and immigration law and enforcement. Her work has explored the regulation of human trafficking and the securitization of immigration law. Recently, she has focused upon the expanding participation of state and local law enforcement agencies in U.S. immigration enforcement and the failure of legal systems to provide adequate deterrents to unlawful immigration policing practices. She has also done research focusing on the substantive and procedural issues raised by the increasing reliance on the criminal justice system as a tool for managing migration.

Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Anthropology, School of Social Ecology, University of California Irvine, USA

Susan researches social, political, and legal activism surrounding immigration issues, particularly immigration from El Salvador to the United States. She is currently completing a book manuscript that explores the power and limitations of nation-based categories of membership through the experiences of 1.5 generation migrants, that is, individuals who were born in El Salvador but raised in the United States. With Justin Richland (UCI and University of Chicago) Susan is also conducting research regarding archival practices in immigrant and indigenous advocacy. This project examines how the production, retrieval, and circulation of records and files figures in Central and Native Americans’ efforts to secure recognition, whether as immigrants or in the form of tribal status, and thus seeks to make visible the regulatory practices that shape the lives of some of the U.S.’s most exceptional, and thereby vulnerable, populations.

Catherine Dauvergne, Trudeau Fellow, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada

Catherine researches in the areas of immigration, refugee and citizenship law. She is currently working on a manuscript called The End of Settler Societies and the New Politics of Immigration that examines large scale shifts in the politics and regulation of migration at the outset of the twenty-first century. She is also co-directing an international comparative project evaluating refugee claims based on gender.  Catherine has been involved in test case litigation before the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the criminalization of refugee claimants in 2013 and 2014. In 2012 she was named a Fellow of Canada’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

Didier Fassin, Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

Didier is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Anthropologist, sociologist and physician, he is the founder of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Social Sciences (CNRS – Inserm – EHESS – University Paris North), which he directed from 2007 to 2010. He conducted research in public health in Tunisia and France, and in medical anthropology in Senegal, Congo and Ecuador. More recently, Didier has developed the field of political and moral anthropology, with empirical studies on Aids and memory in South Africa, disaster and aid in Venezuela, immigration and asylum in France, as well as theoretical inquiries on witnessing and testifying in Palestine, social suffering and trauma in France, and the humanitarian reason from a global perspective. Within the program, his fieldwork is concentrated on the police, the prison, and the National Court of Asylum.

Alison Mountz, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Alison’s work explores the tension between the decisions and desires that drive human migration and the policies and practices designed to manage immigration. Her 2010 book Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (University of Minnesota Press) was awarded the 2011 Meridian Book Prize from the Association of American Geographers. Her current research examines struggles over border enforcement, asylum, and detention. Her research has been funded by the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, the Canadian Embassy, the National Science Foundation, and the Metropolis Project.

Coretta Phillips, Reader, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Coretta has published extensively in the field of ethnicity, crime and criminal justice, including in three editions of the Oxford Handbook of Criminology. She is the author of The Multicultural Prison: Ethnicity, Masculinity, and Social Relations among Prisoners (Oxford University Press, 2012), co-editor of New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime (Routledge, 2013) and co-author of Racism, Crime and Justice (Longman, 2002).

Sharon Pickering, Professor of Criminology, Monash University, Australia

Sharon researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow on Border Policing, Gender, Human Rights and Security. Her recent books include Sex Work (with Maher and Gerard, Routledge, 2012); Women, Borders and Violence (Springer, 2011); Sex Trafficking (with Segrave and Miliovjevic, Willan, 2009).

Anna Pratt, Associate Professor of Criminology, Department of Social Science, York University, Canada

Anna’s research explores immigration penality in Canada. She is the author ofSecuring Borders: Detention and Deportation in Canada (UBC Press, 2005). She has carried out a major study of frontline border control in Canada and has published findings that interrogate the law/discretion binary, the enabling effects of administrative discretion, racial profiling and the production and transmission of heterogeneous risk knowledges on the frontline and in the courts. Anna has also examined the introduction of bordering technologies that mobilize vigilant citizens and communities in Canada, such as the CBSA Most Wanted List. Her current research explores the mechanisms of administrative discretion, jurisdiction and scale in relation to criminality-based deportations from Canada, paying close attention to the effects of judicial discretion.

John Speyer, Director, Music in Detention

John has been Director of Music in Detention since 2008. Before that he ran a community regeneration organisation in Sheffield which provided a variety of services to help excluded and vulnerable people improve their lives. Previously he was a primary school teacher and Deputy head. As a volunteer John has worked to promote Human Rights and to challenge extremism and xenophobia.