Dr Donna Marie Brown
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology
Donna Marie joined SASS as a Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Science in 2016.
- 2009 Learning, Teaching and Assessment Diploma (Higher Education), School of Education and Social Work, Dundee University.
- 2004–2008 PhD in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Durham (ESRC/Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) Case Studentship). Thesis: Fashioning High Quality Public Spaces: The ‘urban renaissance’ in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Gateshead. Supervisors: Dr Gordon MacLeod and Professor Stuart Elden.
- 2002 – 2003 MA Space, Culture and Politics (Distinction), Department of Geography, University of Durham. Dissertation: Newcastle’s Pink Triangle: A counterpublic for the gay community?
- 1999 – 2002 BA (Hons) Geography, Department of Geography, University of Durham.
- 2011 – 2016 Senior Lecturer in Social Science, Department of Social Work and Communities, Northumbria University.
- 2008 – 2011 Lecturer in Urban Geography and Town Planning, School of Social and Environmental Sciences, University of Dundee.
- 2007 – 2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Scottish Institute for Policing Research, University of Dundee.
- 2006 ESRC Postgraduate Visiting Research Fellow (February – May), Department of Geosciences, University of Sydney.
Located broadly within the spheres of criminology, social policy and social geography, key research interests include:
- Community policing and crime control: Interrogating the academic, policy and practitioner dimensions of community policing within the UK and beyond.
- Youth violence and youth justice: Exploring the intersectionalities of young people’s understandings, experiences and resistance to violence and the impact that they have on the possibilities for youth justice.
- Innovative qualitative research methods and social research design: Attempting to produce enlivened accounts of people’s experiences with specific reference to emancipatory, ethnographic, comparative and participatory research approaches.
- Social theory: Using social and critical theory to challenge and enhance understandings of everyday life, focussing on the contemporary urban realm.
- Social policy and social justice: Critically analysing the discursive practices at play within urban and social policy and the impacts that they have on marginal groups.
- Identity, space and politics: Examining the interrelationship between identity construction and spatiality in contemporary urban life, specifically with ‘queer’ and youth groups.
- Amin, A., O'Neill, M., Brown, D. M., and Daya, S. (Eds.) (2009) Thinking about almost everything: new ideas to light up minds. Profile Books: London.
- (Accepted) Smith, F., Blazek, M., Brown, D. M. and van Blerk, L. ‘‘It’s good but it’s not enough”: the relational geographies of social policy and youth mentoring interventions. Social and Cultural Geography.Manuscript ID RSCG-2014-0079.R1.
- (In press) Brown, D. M. (2015) Beyond the thin blue line?: A critical analysis of Scotland’s Community Warden Scheme. Policing and Society. Advance view link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2015.1109644.
- Duschinsky, R. and Brown, D. M. (2015) Place and Defilement: Signposts Toward a New Theory of Purity in Sibley's Geographies of Exclusion. Space and Culture, 18 (3): 243-256.
- Brown, D. M. (2013) Young people, antisocial behaviour and public space: The role of Community Wardens in policing the ‘ASBO-generation’. Urban Studies, 50 (3): 538-555.
- Brown, D. M. (2012) Out on patrol: Maintaining the strengths and addressing the weaknesses of Scotland’s Community Warden Scheme.
- Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 14 (4): 258-277.
- Brown, D. M. and Fyfe, N, (2010) Renaissance, reassurance and restoration? Community Wardens and the urban realm in Scotland. Policing in Europe (Journal of Police Studies). Cahiers Politiestudies, 16 (3): 307-322.
- (Accepted) Smith, F.; Blazek, M.; Brown, D. M. and van Blerk, L.The relational spaces of mentoring with young people ‘at risk’. In: Pykett, J, Jupp, E. and Smith, F. (Eds.) (2016) Emotional States: Sites and Spaces of Affective Governance.
- Brown, D. M., Gertig, P., and Gillman, M. (2013) Accessing Social and Leisure Activities: Barriers to inclusion experienced by visually impaired people. In Swain, J., French, S., Barnes, C. and Thomas, C. (Eds.) Disabling Barriers: Enabling Environments [3rd edition]. SAGE Publications, Oxford, pp. 214-221.
- Brown, D. M., Gertig, P. and Gilman, M. (2014) Out of sight: The barriers facing visually impaired people when accessing social and leisure activities. Newcastle Society for Blind People: Newcastle. There is also an audio version of the report.
- Lampitt, S., Duschinsky, R., Brown, D. M. and Kirk, G. (2013) ‘Complex Child in Need Protocol’: An evaluation of a policy initiative to work with children and families on the margins of the child protection system. Northumberland County Council: Morpeth.
- Blazek, M., Brown, D. M., Smith, F. M. and van Blerk, L. (2011) Evaluation of plusone mentoring. The Scottish Institute for Policing Research: Dundee, Scotland.
- Hunter, J., Fyfe, N. and Brown, D. M. (2011) Police officers’ perceptions of the operation and impact of the community engagement model in Fife. The Scottish Institute for Policing Research: Dundee, Scotland.
- Brown, D. M. (2011) An evaluation of Dundee’s Community Warden Scheme. Dundee City Council: Dundee, Scotland.
- Brown, D. M. (2008) Policy Recommendations for Public Space in contemporary English cities. Department for Communities and Local Government: London.
- Brown D. M. (2008) Review essay: Alan Collins Cities of Pleasure. Urban Studies 44(1): 200-2.
- Brown, D. M. (2006) Institute of Advanced Studies Initial Scoping Exercise: Key themes in the Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities. Durham University Institute of Advanced Studies: Durham.
Selected Research Grants
- 2015 North Tyneside Council Consultancy (PI). £3000 to conduct a systematic review on the preventative attributes of youth work, with a specific focus on youth crime and disorder.
- 2014 Collaborative Action Research Network Conference Grant. To cover conference attendance costs for all members of an emancipatory research project who were presenting at CARN annual conference.
- 2013 Higher Education Innovation Fund (with matched funding from Northumberland County Council) (CI). £5000 staff exchange funding to evaluate Northumberland County Council’s Complex Child in Need programme.
- 2012 Higher Education Innovation Fund and Regional Innovation Fund (PI). £9000 staff exchange funding to conduct an emancipatory research project with members of NSBP into the barriers of accessing social and leisure activities for visually impaired people.
- 2010 Violence Reduction Unit, Association for Directors of Social Work Scotland and YMCA Scotland (PI). £22,000 to evaluate the Plusone mentoring programme.
- 2009 ESRC/Kindrogan 1+3 studentship (Second supervisor) (CI). c£50,000 package to supervise a project titled ‘Antisocial Behaviour and Youth in Rural Scotland’. Kindrogan Consortium, Scotland Carnegie Research Grant (PI). £1800 to investigate the policing of antisocial behaviour in Dundee. Carnegie Trust, Scotland.
- Social Research Methods
- Police and Policing
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision
- Brown, D. M. (2017). Beyond the thin blue line? A critical analysis of Scotland's Community Warden Scheme. Policing and Society 27(1): 6-20.
- Smith, F. M., Blazek, M., Brown, D. M. & van Blerk, L. (2016). ‘It’s good but it’s not enough’ the relational geographies of social policy and youth mentoring interventions. Social & Cultural Geography 17(7): 959-979
- Duschinsky, R. & Brown, D. M. (2015). Place and Defilement: Signposts Toward a New Theory of Purity in Sibley’s Geographies of Exclusion. Space and Culture 18(3): 243-256.