Dr Sarah Armstrong

  • Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

telephone: 01413307715
email: Sarah.Armstrong@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

I am Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and a Senior Research Fellow based at Glasgow University. My research focuses on prisons, prisoners and criminal justice exploring questions about the governance, organisation, representation and experience of punishment. A key strand of my research is on policy as a form and source of culture, and in the specific bureaucratic qualities and logics that arise in penal institutions. To explore such issues I draw on diverse methods (ethnography, statistical analysis, semiotics, discourse analysis, evaluation) and theoretical sources (anthropology of policy, human geography, ANT/STS and visual methods, critical theory).

I have a BA in history from Carleton College (Minnesota, USA); and a JD and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. My doctoral project assessed decarceration of young people from reform institutions in what is now known as the Massachusetts Experiment. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, I was based in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. I have been a visiting fellow at the Unviersity of Toronto and the University of California, Berkeley. I am Co-editor in Chief (with Michele Burman and Laura Piacentini) of the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice.


Grants

My research has been funded by:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Adam Smith Research Foundation
  • Scottish Government
  • Third Sector organisations
  • Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

Supervision

Neil Cornish (ESRC Collaborative) Vulnerability of Prisoners in England and Scotland as Experienced by Prisoners and Defined by Prison Authorities

Kisty Deacon (What Works Scotland) Young People’s Experiences of Having a Family Member in Prison

David Usman (Nigerian TETF) The Procedural Justice Model Applied to Trust in and Legitimacy of the Police in Abuja, Nigeria

Meg Lambert Neocolonial discourses in the collection, exhibition, and study of illicit West African cultural objects

Christine Weirich Developing Crime Script Analysis and Situational Crime Prevention for Acting on Antiquities Trafficking Networks

Betsy Barkas (ESRC) The role of the media in justice and investigation processes following deaths in custody in the UK

Helge Petersen (ESRC) The Racialisation of Law and Order – Political Struggles over Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and Institutionalised Racism in Britain

Rachel Ferguson (ESRC)  The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry as a Site of Statistical and Legal Knowledge Production

Elly Nowell (Leverhulme Trust) Development of Rape Shield Legislation

Rebecca Foster (Dawes Trust) Half in/half out: exploring the experiences of the families of prisoners in a Scottish prison visitors’ centre

Colin Atkinson (Strathclyde Police) Beyond cop culture: the cultural challenge of civilian intelligence analysis in Scottish policing


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2003 | 2002
Number of items: 37.

2018

Armstrong, S. (2018) The cell and the corridor: imprisonment as waiting, and waiting as mobile. Time and Society, 27(2), pp. 133-154. (doi:10.1177/0961463X15587835)

Armstrong, S. C. (2018) Securing prison through human rights: unanticipated implications of rights-based penal governance. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, (In Press)

2017

Armstrong, S. and Munro, M. (2017) Scotland the Just? The SNP, crime and justice. In: Hassan, G. and Barrow, S. (eds.) A Nation Changed?: The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On. Luath Press: Edinburgh, pp. 136-141. ISBN 9781912147168

Armstrong, S. (2017) Seeing and seeing-as: building a politics of visibility in criminology. In: Brown, M. and Carrabine, E. (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology. Series: Routledge international handbooks. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138888630

Armstrong, S. and Jefferson, A. (2017) Disavowing 'the' prison. In: Moran, D. and Schliehe, A. K. (eds.) Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology. Series: Palgrave studies in prisons and penology. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 237-267. ISBN 9781137560575 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-56057-5_9)

2016

Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (Eds.) (2016) Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137546418

Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (2016) Impact and the reflexive imperative in criminal justice policy, practice and research. In: Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (eds.) Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9781137546418 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-54642-5_1)

Armstrong, S. and Lam, A. (2016) Policy as a Crime Scene. In: Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (eds.) Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 101-122. ISBN 9781137546425 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-54642-5_5)

2014

Armstrong, S. (2014) Re-thinking the time of punishment: a response to Valverde. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(4), pp. 392-398. (doi:10.1177/1748895814541900)

Armstrong, S. (2014) Response 1: re-thinking the time of punishment: a response to Valverde. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(4), pp. 392-398. (doi:10.1177/1748895814541900)

Armstrong, S. (2014) Capacity as philosophy: review of Lippke's Ethics of Plea Bargaining. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8(1), pp. 265-281. (doi:10.1007/s11572-013-9272-3)

Armstrong, S. (2014) Siting prisons, sighting communities: geographies of objection in a planning process. Environment and Planning A, 46(3), pp. 550-565. (doi:10.1068/a45407)

Armstrong, S. and Wills, D. (2014) Circles of support and accountability (COSA) in Scotland: practice, progress and questions. Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, 20, pp. 2-13.

2013

Armstrong, S. and Weaver, E. (2013) Persistent punishment: user views of short prison sentences. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 52(3), pp. 285-305. (doi:10.1111/hojo.12015)

Armstrong, S.C. (2013) Using the future to predict the past: prison population projections and the colonisation of penal imagination. In: Malloch, M. and Munro, B. (eds.) Crime, Critique and Utopia. Series: Critical Criminological Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 136-163. ISBN 9781137009791

Malloch, M.S., McIvor, G., Schinkel, M. and Armstrong, S. (2013) The Elements of Effective Through-care - Part 1: International Review. Scottish Government - Community Justice Services. Technical Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow.

2012

Armstrong, S. and Barton, G. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries: Final Review for Audit Scotland. Technical Report. Audit Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, S., McIvor, G., McNeill, F. and McGuinness, P. (2012) International Evidence Review of Conditional (Suspended) Sentences: Final Report. Technical Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), Glasgow.

2011

Armstrong, S., Malloch, M., Norris, P. and Nellis, M. (2011) Evaluation of the Use of Home Detention Curfew and the Open Prison Estate in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, S. (2011) David Garland, 'Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 15(3), pp. 490-492. (doi:10.3366/elr.2011.0066) [Book Review]

2010

Armstrong, S. and Weaver, B. (2010) User Views of Punishment: The comparative experience of short prison sentences and community-based punishments. Project Report. University of Glasgow / University of Strathclyde.

Leverick, F. , Chalmers, J. , Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2010) Part of the establishment? A decade of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Scots Law Times(27), pp. 147-151.

2009

Leverick, F. , Chalmers, J. , Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2009) Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission: 10th Anniversary Research. Project Report. Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2009) Choice versus crisis: how Scotland could transform the way we think about prisons and punishment. Criminal Justice Matters, 75(1), pp. 2-4. (doi:10.1080/09627250802699632)

Armstrong, S. (2009) Nicola Lacey, 'The Prisoners' Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 13(3), pp. 550-551. (doi:10.3366/E1364980909000821) [Book Review]

Armstrong, S., Hamilton-Smith, N. and Mackenzie, S. (2009) Measuring Police Impact on Organised Crime: a Review of SCDEA’s Key Performance Indicators. Project Report. Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. (Unpublished)

2008

Armstrong, S.C. (2008) Crime pays - but for whom? Scottish Left Review, 48, pp. 8-9.

Armstrong, S. (2008) Fixing Scotland's remand problem. In: Lightowler, C. and Hare, D. (eds.) Prisons and Sentencing Reform: Developing Policy in Scotland. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR): Glasgow, UK, pp. 10-14.

Armstrong, S., Chistyakova, Y., Mackenzie, S. and Malloch, M. (2008) Circles of Support and Accountability: Consideration of the Feasibility of Pilots in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

2007

Armstrong, S.C. (2007) What good are markets in punishment? Prison Service Journal, 172, pp. 1-4.

2006

Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (Eds.) (2006) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199278763

Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (2006) Audiences, borders, architecture: the contours of control. In: Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

Armstrong, S.C. and McAra, L. (2006) Audience, borders and architecture: the contours of control. In: Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

2003

Armstrong, S. (2003) Bureaucracy, Private Prisons, and the Future of Penal Reform. Buffalo Criminal Law Review, 7(1), pp. 275-306.

2002

Armstrong, S. (2002) Punishing not-for-profit: Implications of nonprofit privatization in juvenile punishment. Punishment and Society, 4(3), pp. 345-368. (doi:10.1177/146247402400426789)

Armstrong, S. (2002) The emergence and implications of a mental health ethos in juvenile justice. Sociology of Health and Illness, 24(5), pp. 599-620.

This list was generated on Thu Apr 18 18:35:00 2019 BST.
Number of items: 37.

Articles

Armstrong, S. (2018) The cell and the corridor: imprisonment as waiting, and waiting as mobile. Time and Society, 27(2), pp. 133-154. (doi:10.1177/0961463X15587835)

Armstrong, S. C. (2018) Securing prison through human rights: unanticipated implications of rights-based penal governance. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, (In Press)

Armstrong, S. (2014) Re-thinking the time of punishment: a response to Valverde. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(4), pp. 392-398. (doi:10.1177/1748895814541900)

Armstrong, S. (2014) Response 1: re-thinking the time of punishment: a response to Valverde. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(4), pp. 392-398. (doi:10.1177/1748895814541900)

Armstrong, S. (2014) Capacity as philosophy: review of Lippke's Ethics of Plea Bargaining. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8(1), pp. 265-281. (doi:10.1007/s11572-013-9272-3)

Armstrong, S. (2014) Siting prisons, sighting communities: geographies of objection in a planning process. Environment and Planning A, 46(3), pp. 550-565. (doi:10.1068/a45407)

Armstrong, S. and Wills, D. (2014) Circles of support and accountability (COSA) in Scotland: practice, progress and questions. Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, 20, pp. 2-13.

Armstrong, S. and Weaver, E. (2013) Persistent punishment: user views of short prison sentences. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 52(3), pp. 285-305. (doi:10.1111/hojo.12015)

Leverick, F. , Chalmers, J. , Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2010) Part of the establishment? A decade of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Scots Law Times(27), pp. 147-151.

Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2009) Choice versus crisis: how Scotland could transform the way we think about prisons and punishment. Criminal Justice Matters, 75(1), pp. 2-4. (doi:10.1080/09627250802699632)

Armstrong, S.C. (2008) Crime pays - but for whom? Scottish Left Review, 48, pp. 8-9.

Armstrong, S.C. (2007) What good are markets in punishment? Prison Service Journal, 172, pp. 1-4.

Armstrong, S. (2003) Bureaucracy, Private Prisons, and the Future of Penal Reform. Buffalo Criminal Law Review, 7(1), pp. 275-306.

Armstrong, S. (2002) Punishing not-for-profit: Implications of nonprofit privatization in juvenile punishment. Punishment and Society, 4(3), pp. 345-368. (doi:10.1177/146247402400426789)

Armstrong, S. (2002) The emergence and implications of a mental health ethos in juvenile justice. Sociology of Health and Illness, 24(5), pp. 599-620.

Book Sections

Armstrong, S. and Munro, M. (2017) Scotland the Just? The SNP, crime and justice. In: Hassan, G. and Barrow, S. (eds.) A Nation Changed?: The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On. Luath Press: Edinburgh, pp. 136-141. ISBN 9781912147168

Armstrong, S. (2017) Seeing and seeing-as: building a politics of visibility in criminology. In: Brown, M. and Carrabine, E. (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology. Series: Routledge international handbooks. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138888630

Armstrong, S. and Jefferson, A. (2017) Disavowing 'the' prison. In: Moran, D. and Schliehe, A. K. (eds.) Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology. Series: Palgrave studies in prisons and penology. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 237-267. ISBN 9781137560575 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-56057-5_9)

Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (2016) Impact and the reflexive imperative in criminal justice policy, practice and research. In: Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (eds.) Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9781137546418 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-54642-5_1)

Armstrong, S. and Lam, A. (2016) Policy as a Crime Scene. In: Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (eds.) Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 101-122. ISBN 9781137546425 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-54642-5_5)

Armstrong, S.C. (2013) Using the future to predict the past: prison population projections and the colonisation of penal imagination. In: Malloch, M. and Munro, B. (eds.) Crime, Critique and Utopia. Series: Critical Criminological Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 136-163. ISBN 9781137009791

Armstrong, S. (2008) Fixing Scotland's remand problem. In: Lightowler, C. and Hare, D. (eds.) Prisons and Sentencing Reform: Developing Policy in Scotland. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR): Glasgow, UK, pp. 10-14.

Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (2006) Audiences, borders, architecture: the contours of control. In: Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

Armstrong, S.C. and McAra, L. (2006) Audience, borders and architecture: the contours of control. In: Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

Book Reviews

Armstrong, S. (2011) David Garland, 'Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 15(3), pp. 490-492. (doi:10.3366/elr.2011.0066) [Book Review]

Armstrong, S. (2009) Nicola Lacey, 'The Prisoners' Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 13(3), pp. 550-551. (doi:10.3366/E1364980909000821) [Book Review]

Edited Books

Armstrong, S., Blaustein, J. and Henry, A. (Eds.) (2016) Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137546418

Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (Eds.) (2006) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199278763

Research Reports or Papers

Malloch, M.S., McIvor, G., Schinkel, M. and Armstrong, S. (2013) The Elements of Effective Through-care - Part 1: International Review. Scottish Government - Community Justice Services. Technical Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow.

Armstrong, S. and Barton, G. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries: Final Review for Audit Scotland. Technical Report. Audit Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, S., McIvor, G., McNeill, F. and McGuinness, P. (2012) International Evidence Review of Conditional (Suspended) Sentences: Final Report. Technical Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), Glasgow.

Armstrong, S., Malloch, M., Norris, P. and Nellis, M. (2011) Evaluation of the Use of Home Detention Curfew and the Open Prison Estate in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, S. and Weaver, B. (2010) User Views of Punishment: The comparative experience of short prison sentences and community-based punishments. Project Report. University of Glasgow / University of Strathclyde.

Leverick, F. , Chalmers, J. , Armstrong, S. and McNeill, F. (2009) Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission: 10th Anniversary Research. Project Report. Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, S., Hamilton-Smith, N. and Mackenzie, S. (2009) Measuring Police Impact on Organised Crime: a Review of SCDEA’s Key Performance Indicators. Project Report. Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. (Unpublished)

Armstrong, S., Chistyakova, Y., Mackenzie, S. and Malloch, M. (2008) Circles of Support and Accountability: Consideration of the Feasibility of Pilots in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

This list was generated on Thu Apr 18 18:35:00 2019 BST.