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Dr Richard Ward

Public engagement

I am interested in how digital technologies can enhance public engagement with, and the impact of, academic research into crime history.

With Lucy Williams (University of Liverpool), I recently submitted an application to the AHRC's "Follow-On Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme" to fund a project on Developing Digital Desistance Software. The aim of the project is to develop a digital resource for Youth Offending Teams that will educate young offenders about the factors that helped to steer past generations of juveniles away from lives of crime.

I have previously been involved in various other public engagement and impact activities, including:

  • Community engagement

2015 - Carillion Library Showcase events: demonstrating the Digital Panopticon website to non-academic researcers.

2010 - Assistant on the Crime in the Community project: enhancing user engagement for teaching and research wih the Old Bailey Online website.

  • Public presentations

2015 - Paper delivered at the Local Population Studies Society Conference, Oxford.

2014 - Paper delivered at the Galleries of Justice, Nottingham

  • Exhibitions

(Forthcoming, 2018) - Contributing materials and delivering a workshop as part of a Digital Panopticon exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives.

2017 - Contributing material to an online exhibition on The Criminal Corpse.

  • Blog posts

I have written numerous blog posts for the Digital Panopticon and Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse projects.

Contribution to discipline

I am/have been a member of the following networks and associations:

  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield
  • Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, Sheffield
  • Our Criminal Past network
  • Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies

I have been a peer reviewer for the following journals and publishers:

  • American Journal of Legal History
  • Continuity & Change
  • Crime, History & Societies
  • Cultural History
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Law, Crime & History

I have been particularly active in promoting awareness of the issues faced by, and improving the support provided for, Early Career Researchers (ECRs, aka "Postdocs") within the Arts and Humanities. ECRs make an important, but often overlooked, contribution to research environments. This included co-developing a series of events on the theme of Tuning in to the Value of Research Staff.