University of Strathclyde : Collins Building, Room CL205

22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XH

Glasgow, Glasgow, GB, G1 1XH

SCCJR Annual Lecture 2022: Dr Rod Earle, The Open University

Tackling Whiteness as a decolonizing task in contemporary criminology

Dr Rod Earle, The Open University


In the 21st century criminology has become a vigorous and dynamic discipline attracting growing numbers of students and developing new research programmes. In this talk I will explore how the whiteness of its European origins and antecedents can be identified and made more open to challenge. I will argue that making whiteness visible in criminology increases the prospects of decolonising justice, confronting racism and promoting more egalitarian and convivial futures. I will present some examples of how putting whiteness in the criminological picture might be accomplished.

Welcome – Professor Alistair Fraser, Director of SCCJR

Chair – Professor Beth Weaver, University of Strathcyde


Rod Earle is a senior lecturer in the Dept of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University. Rod has published books and articles about youth justice, prison ethnography, convict criminology and racism. Working with Coretta Phillips and Alpa Parmar he coedited a Special Issue of the journal Theoretical Criminology on race and racism in criminology. He continues to work to develop ways of tackling racism in criminology. Together, they are founder members of the British Society of Criminology Race Matters Network.

Dr Earle’s presentation will end at 7pm and will then be followed by wine and nibbles.

Please note this is an in-person event.

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