Visiting Faculty

The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies invites applications from faculty at other universities who are on sabbatical or research leave. Applications are welcome from academics in any field of criminology, criminal justice, and law and society.

Visiting Professors are given a shared office (depending on availability), access to the library, and invitations to events sponsored by the Centre. There is no financial or administrative support associated with this position. Visiting Professors are expected to actively participate in the intellectual life of the Centre, and may be asked to present a seminar on their research.

Application is by letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of proposed research. Applicants must specify the period of their proposed visit.

Please send applications to:

Professor Audrey Macklin
Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies

University of Toronto
Room 253, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3K9
email :

Visiting Fall 2019

Dr. David Scott

Senior Lecturer, Criminology
Open University, UK

Scott - 002 (2)David Scott has worked at The Open University since September 2016. He is a former coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and is a co-founding member of the Steering Group for ICOPA (International Conference on Penal Abolition).   David is also co-founder and former director of the independent publisher EG Press.  He has also made a number of short films and documentaries for The Open University.  His short film (with Hamlett Films) “The Grenfell Tower and Social Murder” was nominated for Best Film at the Learning on Screen Awards (2018) and nominated for the Best Research Film at the AHRC Film Awards (2018). In November 2018 the film was awarded the Life Changing Award at the British Documentary Film Festival. David has published eleven books an they include Against Imprisonment (Waterside Press, 2018), Controversial Issues in Prisons (Open University Press, 2010) and Why Prison? (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  David is currently (with Michael Coyle) co-editing the International Handbook of Penal Abolition (forthcoming 2020, Routledge) and Contesting Carceral Logic (forthcoming 2021, Routledge).  His current research interests are focussed on the ethical foundations of penal abolitionism; the historical relationship between penal abolitionism and the politics of social justice; and anti-carceral approaches prisons, punishment and social harms.