Research-led funding not grant-led research

Pressure to seek funding too easily drives our research agendas. With over 10 years' experience of sitting on three major UK research councils, Lucia Zedner will suggest ways to secure and use funding to pursue one's own research agenda. Her talk draws on the experience of running a 3 year ($860,000) UK AHRC-funded research project. Described by a colleague as a 'lot of money to make it all up', the project broke a lot of the usual research council rules. It undertook little primary research, indulged in a lot of blue skies thinking, and drew on the input of an international cast of lawyers, criminologists, philosophers and political theorists to develop a normative framework for Preventive Justice. Her talk will reflect on the pleasures - and pitfalls - of adopting unorthodox tactics to tackle tough questions.

Professor Lucia Zedner MA, DPhil, FBA did her doctorate and was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College. After spending five years as a Lecturer in Law at the LSE, she returned to Oxford in 1994 as a Law Fellow at Corpus Christi College. In 2016 she took up a Senior Research Fellowship at All Souls College.

She has been Professor of Criminal Justice at Oxford since 2005 and Conjoint Professor at the Faculty of Law, UNSW since 2007. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012 and an Overseas Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2015.

Her publications include: Women, Crime and Custody in Victorian England (1991); Child Victims (with Jane Morgan, 1992); The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy, co-edited with Andrew Ashworth (2003); Criminal Justice (2004); Crime and Security (2006), co-edited with Ben Goold; Security (2009); Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, co-edited with Julian Roberts (2012); Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law (2013), co-edited with Andrew Ashworth & Patrick Tomlin; Preventive Justice, with Andrew Ashworth (2014); and Changing Contours of Criminal Justice, co-edited with Mary Bosworth & Carolyn Hoyle (2016), as well as many articles on criminal law, criminal justice and security.

She is presently member of the editorial boards of Criminal Law Forum, Punishment and Society, Criminal Law Review, International Journal of Criminal Law Education, Oxford Comparative Law Forum, and Oxford Clarendon Series in Criminology. Her teaching and research interests include criminal law, criminal justice and penal theory, security and counter-terrorism.