My research interests are multidisciplinary, focusing on forced labour, racism and neoliberalism, asylum policy and institutional violence. Research I have carried has included the policies and practices which underpin forced labour and the risks faced by those working in such conditions, medical abuse in penal settings (particularly Immigration Removal Centres), ‘hate crimes’ and racist violence, and the displacement of communities through social policy and immigration policy.

Prior to coming to Swansea University, I have worked at Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS), Medical Justice and the Institute of Race Relations.

Areas of Expertise

  • forced labour
  • undocumented working
  • community cohesion
  • criminalisation

Publications

  1. Burnett, J., Chebe, F., Burnett, J. Towards a political economy of charging regimes: fines, fees and force in UK immigration control British Journal of Criminology
  2. Bhatia, M., Burnett, J., Burnett, J. Torture and the UK’s “war on asylum”: medical power and the culture of disbelief (Ed.), Perocco Fabio (ed.) Tortura e migrazioni Venice Ca' Foscari Editions.
  3. Burnett, J. In the teeth of the machine: workfare, immigration enforcement and the regulation of ‘surplus labour’ Justice, Power and Resistance 2 2 287 313
  4. Burnett, J. "Punitive reformation": state-sanctioned labour through criminal justice and welfare (Ed.), Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance 283 296 Abingdon Routledge
  5. Burnett, J. Review: Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System by V. Canning. London and New York: Routledge (2017) The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 57 2

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Teaching

  • ASC320 Diversity, Crime & Criminal Justice

    This module explores a range of diverse crimes, criminals and victims. In particular this module examines: the prevalence of hate crime, the role of ethnicity, race, gender, class and sexuality in causes of crime, victimisation and responses to crime.

  • ASC324 Dissertation

    This module will equip students with the skills needed to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. A series of 6 compulsory meetings with dissertation supervisors followed by optional meetings, enables students to complete this task

  • ASCM28 Case Studies in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

    The module examines key issues in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology by examining a series of case studies, presented by the people who actually did the research. The focus is on how and why the researchers chose the particular methodologies and strategies used; how these choices were influenced by ethical concerns and the interests of research subjects; what constraints and pressures were created by resource limitations or the expectations and agendas of research funders (for example, the Home Office); and, where relevant, the impact of the research on researchers themselves, and the impact on the research role of researchers¿ own values and concerns or their advocacy of particular policies.

Supervision

  • Examining the multiple impacts of 'Welsh Town' Bureaux (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jon Burnett
    Other supervisor: Dr Anthony Charles
  • Expanding the speciesist confines of animal abuse perspectives in criminology (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jon Burnett
    Other supervisor: Dr Caroline Jones

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Admissions Tutor for Criminology - College of Law and Criminology

    2017 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Funding for the post of Information and Communications Officer 2009 - 2011

    , Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: £30,000

  • Evaluating the provision and quality of healthcare for ‘refused’ asylum seekers in Leeds 2009 - 2010

    , Leeds Community Foundation: £9,000

  • Funding for the post of Information and Communications Officer 2008 - 2009

    , Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: £20,000

  • Research project on the provision and quality of healthcare for refused asylum seekers 2009 - 2010

    Leeds Community Foundation, £9,000

  • Position of Research Officer at PAFRAS 2009 - 2011

    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, £30,000

  • Position of Research Officer at PAFRAS 2008 - 2009

    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, £20,000