WCCJ Network Paper Prize

To celebrate excellence in research and scholarship from WCCJ Network members, we host an annual WCCJ Network Paper Prize, awarded at the British Society of Criminology annual conference.

We are very grateful to Sage Criminology for kindly sponsoring this prize.

Prize Winners


Professor Sandra Walklate won the prize for her paper ”Seeing’ gender, war and terror’ published in Criminology & Criminal Justice, 18(5), 617-630.

Sandra Walklate Sandra’s work makes a significant contribution to the literature  using  visual imagery to  see different  performativities  of gender in relation to  war and terror and the consequences of conflict. Demonstrating how ‘the  personal is political’, the article as brings to life different representations of  gender, war and terror yet allows the reader to begin to venture beyond what is ‘seen’ in relation to the dominant  or pervasive discourses in  criminology and victimology.


Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon and Dr Camille M Stengel won the prize for their 2017 paper ‘Women’s voices made visible: Photovoice in visual criminology’ published in Punishment and Society (2018) 20(4), 411–431.

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Wendy and Camille’s article considers the effectiveness of photovoice, a form of participatory photography research, as a visual method of enabling and communicating marginalised women’s experiences in criminological research. By utilising the potentially empowering technique of photovoice in two research projects, the narratives of women who inject drugs in Hungary and women who have experienced supervision in England are conveyed through their own participant-generated photographs.


Dr Anastasia Chamberlen won the prize with her paper (2016). ‘Embodying prison pain: Women’s experiences of self-injury in prison and the emotions of punishment’. Theoretical Criminology. 20/2: 205-219.

IMG_2328Anastasia’s work focuses on the lived experiences of women’s imprisonment in England and critiques the effects of imprisonment, focusing on the embodied aspects of women’s identities, self-perceptions and self-presentation in prison. In this powerful paper, she explores how women use their bodies to cope, survive and resist their punishment and criminalisation, and how punishment is inscribed on the prisoner’s body,  both within and after release from prison.