WCCJ Network Paper Prize

BSC Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network prizes 2018


Nominations due in : Friday 6th April 2018




To acknowledge the valuable contribution to scholarship and celebrate excellence and innovation in women and/ or gender, crime and criminal justice research by members of the BSC WCCJN.

Eligibility criteria


  • Must be members of the BSC WCCJN
  • Must have published the paper within the last twelve months i.e. 1st January 2017- 31st December 2017 (either electronic or hard copy – whichever publication came first).
  • May nominate themselves, though they may also be nominated by others with the applicant’s permission. All nominators must be a member of the BSC.
  • Can only submit papers which focus on women and/ or gender, crime and criminal justice issues

How to apply?

All nominations should be submitted to Charlotte Barlow (c.barlow@lancaster.ac.uk), co-ordinator of prizes for the BSC WCCJN. Nominations should include a 250 word supporting statement explaining how the applicant meets the eligibility criteria and a PDF of the journal article. These nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday 6th April 2018.

Further information

The article will be judged by at least two reviewers, who will be members of the WCCJN. Winners will be announced at the BSC Conference, 4th-6th July 2018, Birmingham City University. We look forward to receiving your submissions.


Previous Prize Winner

To celebrate excellence in research and scholarship from members of the Network, the Network hosts an annual WCCJ Network Paper Prize. This year saw Dr Anastasia Chamberlen win 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.