Dr Sacha Darke

Senior Lecturer

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I am Senior Lecturer in Criminology and co-director of the Research Centre for Equality and Criminal Justice in the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology, University of Westminster.

Previous academic posts: Lecturer in Criminology, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth (2005-2007); visiting Lecturer, School of Law, University of Westminster (1997-2005)

Higher education: Ph.D. Criminology, University of Westminster (2006); M.A. Criminal Justice, University of Southampton (1992); LL.B. Law, Second Class Honours (Upper Division), University of Southampton (1990)

Professional affiliation: Higher Education Academy (fellow, 2007)

I currently teach on BA Criminology. I am module leader for Justice and Human Rights, Controversies in Criminal Justice, Globalisation and Crime, Punishment and Modern Society, and Security and Surveillance .

I am external examiner for BSc Criminology, University of Kingston, department representative on faculty level research ethics committee, a member of department research development group, and a faculty learning, teaching and quality representative.

My research interests are in comparative and transnational criminology, prisons and urban security. I am co-director of British Convict Criminology and a steering group member of the Reclaim Justice Network. I am currently involved in research projects on Latin American prisons, higher education in prisons, prisoner mentoring and the internationalisation of convict criminology. I would be pleased to hear from students considering MPhil or PhD research in any of these areas. Please follow the link for more information on how to apply for a research degree. For more information on our areas of research expertise in the department, please see our Social Sciences and Humanities research page.

My doctoral research focused on the use of ASBOs and other civility orders in crime prevention.I am currently involved in research projects on inmate collaboration and self-governance in Brazilian prisons, higher education in prisons, race relations in prison, and pre/post release prison mentoring. Since September 2008 I have made four research trips to Brazil, during which I have visited over twenty prison units. In September 2010 I completed a three-week ethnographic study of a police jail in Rio de Janeiro.

Externally funded research: British Academy Small Research Grants. Award £3,457.

2017

Surviving in the new mass carceral zone (2017)
Darke, S. and Garces, C. 2017. Surviving in the new mass carceral zone. Prison Service Journal. 229, pp. 2-9.

2016

Book review: Punishment in Europe: A Critical Anatomy of Penal Systems by Ruggiero, V. & Ryan, M. (eds.) (2016)
Darke, S. 2016. Book review: Punishment in Europe: A Critical Anatomy of Penal Systems by Ruggiero, V. & Ryan, M. (eds.). Prison Service Journal. 227, pp. 46-48.
Connecting prisons and universities through higher education (2016)
Darke, S. and Aresti, A. 2016. Connecting prisons and universities through higher education. Prison Service Journal. (225), pp. 26-32.
Practicing convict criminology: lessons learned from British academic activism (2016)
Aresti, A. and Darke, S. 2016. Practicing convict criminology: lessons learned from British academic activism. Critical Criminology: an International Journal. 24 (4), pp. 533-547.
From dispersed to monopolized violence: expansion and consolidation of the Primeiro Comando da Capital's hegemony in São Paulo's prisons (2016)
Dias Camila and Darke, S. 2016. From dispersed to monopolized violence: expansion and consolidation of the Primeiro Comando da Capital's hegemony in São Paulo's prisons. Crime, Law and Social Change. 65 (3), pp. 213-225.
Bridging the gap: giving public voice to prisoners and former prisoners through research activism (2016)
Aresti, A., Darke, S. and Manlow, D. 2016. Bridging the gap: giving public voice to prisoners and former prisoners through research activism. Prison Service Journal. 224, pp. 3-13.

2015

Book Review: The globalization of supermax prisons by Ross, J.I. (ed.) (2015)
Darke, S. 2015. Book Review: The globalization of supermax prisons by Ross, J.I. (ed.). International Criminal Justice Review. 25 (2), pp. 215-216.
Open prisons: An ex-prisoner perspective (2015)
Aresti, A. and Darke, S. 2015. Open prisons: An ex-prisoner perspective. Prison Service Journal. 217, pp. 14-16.
Book Review: The globalization of supermax prisons (2015)
Darke, S. 2015. Book Review: The globalization of supermax prisons. International Criminal Justice Review. 25 (2), pp. 215-216.

2014

Comunidades Prisionais Autoadministradas: o Fenômeno APAC [Self-governing prison communities: the APAC phenomenon] (2014)
Darke, S. 2014. Comunidades Prisionais Autoadministradas: o Fenômeno APAC [Self-governing prison communities: the APAC phenomenon]. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais. 107, pp. 257-276.
Developing convict criminology beyond North America (2014)
Ross, J.I., Darke, S., Aresti, A., Newbold, G. and Earle, R. 2014. Developing convict criminology beyond North America. International Criminal Justice Review. 24 (2), pp. 121-133.
Managing without guards in a Brazilian police lockup (2014)
Darke, S. 2014. Managing without guards in a Brazilian police lockup. Focaal. 68, pp. 55-67.
Closing and opening prisons: interview with Jeremy Wright, minister for prisons and probation (2014)
Darke, S. 2014. Closing and opening prisons: interview with Jeremy Wright, minister for prisons and probation. Prison Service Journal. 215, pp. 28-33.

2013

Inmate governance in Brazilian prisons (2013)
Darke, S. 2013. Inmate governance in Brazilian prisons. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 52 (3), pp. 272-284.
Entangled staff-inmate relations (2013)
Darke, S. 2013. Entangled staff-inmate relations. Prison Service Journal. 207, pp. 16-22.
Informal prison dynamics in Africa and Latin America (2013)
Garces, C., Martin, T. and Darke, S. 2013. Informal prison dynamics in Africa and Latin America. Criminal Justice Matters. 91 (1), pp. 26-27.

2012

British convict criminology: developing critical insider perspectives on prison (2012)
Aresti, A., Darke, S. and Earle, R. 2012. British convict criminology: developing critical insider perspectives on prison. Inside Time. August 2012.
Estacao Carandiru (2012)
Darke, S. 2012. Estacao Carandiru. Prison Service Journal. 199, pp. 26-28.

2011

The enforcement approach to crime prevention (2011)
Darke, S. 2011. The enforcement approach to crime prevention. Critical Social Policy. 31 (3), pp. 410-430.

2009

A prevenção da criminalidade na Inglaterra e no País de Gales (Crime prevention in England and Wales) (2009)
Darke, S. 2009. A prevenção da criminalidade na Inglaterra e no País de Gales (Crime prevention in England and Wales). Ultima Ratio. 3, pp. 199-240.

2001

Book review: Zero Tolerance or Community Tolerance? Managing Crime in High Crime Areas by Walklate, S. & Evans, K. (2001)
Darke, S. 2001. Book review: Zero Tolerance or Community Tolerance? Managing Crime in High Crime Areas by Walklate, S. & Evans, K. Theoretical Criminology. 5 (2), pp. 265-267.

2017

‘Informal dynamics of survival in Latin American prisons', Prison Service Journal, 229 (2017)
Darke, S. and Garces, C. (ed.) 2017. ‘Informal dynamics of survival in Latin American prisons', Prison Service Journal, 229. H M Prison Service.

2016

Latin American prisons (2016)
Darke, S. and Karam, M.L. 2016. Latin American prisons. in: Jewkes, Y., Bennett, J. and Crewe, B. (ed.) Handbook on prisons. 2nd edition Abington Routledge.

2015

Recoverers helping recoverers: discipline and peer-facilitated reform in Brazilian faith-based prisons (2015)
Darke, S. 2015. Recoverers helping recoverers: discipline and peer-facilitated reform in Brazilian faith-based prisons. in: Miller, V. and Campbell, J. (ed.) Transnational penal cultures: new perspectives on discipline, punishment and desistance London Routledge. pp. 217-229
Prison Life, Sociology of: Recent Perspectives from the United Kingdom (2015)
Drake, D., Darke, S. and Earle, R. 2015. Prison Life, Sociology of: Recent Perspectives from the United Kingdom. in: Wright, J. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2nd edition Oxford Elsevier.

2012

Administrando o cotidiano da prisao no Brasil (Managing everyday prison life in Brazil) (2012)
Darke, S. and Karam, M.L. 2012. Administrando o cotidiano da prisao no Brasil (Managing everyday prison life in Brazil). in: Discursos Sediciosos N.19/20: crime, direito e sociedade Brazil Editora Revan.

2007

Crime and disorder (2007)
Darke, S. 2007. Crime and disorder. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Law

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