Before joining Middlesex in 2007 I was an academic researcher at Goldsmiths College and before that at Imperial College. My main areas of research were young people living in state care, illicit drug use, and youth transitions to adulthood. I held funding awards from the ESRC and Home Office to examine the lives of care leavers making the transition to independent living. My doctoral research was an ethnography of rave nightclub culture and drug dealing. I currently research the magistracy and transformations to summary justice in the lower criminal courts.
My main areas of teaching are the criminal courts and justice administration. I am the Programme Leader for the MSc. Criminology with Forensic Psychology. I lead the module CRM4722 Criminal Justice, Courts and Prisons, and I am the joint module leader for CRM2530 Criminal Courts and Prisons and CRM2540 Institutions of Criminal Justice. I supervise UG and PG dissertations and doctoral research across a range of topics.
Chapters in edited collections
Ward, J. (2015) Changing Prisons in Challenging Times. Middlesex Minds blogpost- 27 March 2015. www.mdxminds.com
Membership of Professional Bodies
Criminology and criminal justice
I am the Programme Leader for the MSc. Criminology with Forensic Psychology and I teach the modules 'Criminal Courts and Prisons', 'Criminal Justice, Courts and Prisons', and 'Institutions of Criminal Justice'.
My current research interests are sentencing and punishment in the criminal courts, the lay magistracy, and modernising transformations in the lower criminal courts.
Other research interests are comparative criminal justice processes, particularly differences between New Zealand and the UK courts, specialist courts and 'therapeutic juisprudence',prison privatisation, young people accommodated within the state childcare system, and careleavers transition to independent living.
Previous research and publications are on illegal drug use and drug markets and my particular interest in recreational drugs markets and ethnographic research led to the publication of my study 'Flashback: Drugs and Dealing in the Golden Age of the London Rave Culture' (2010). It is an account of the organisational features of drug trading among different friendship groups and within different London nightclubs in the mid to late 1990s.
Doctoral students are welcome in the following areas:
Ward, Jennifer (2017) Transforming summary justice: modernisation in the lower criminal courts. Frontiers of Criminal Justice . Routledge, London. ISBN ISBN13: 9781138846739 (Accepted/In press)
Ward, Jennifer and Warkel, Kathryn (2015) Northampton Youth Offending Service review panel evaluation. Project Report. Middlesex University, London.
Ward, Jennifer (2015) Changing prisons in challenging times- reporting from a roundtable seminar. In: School of Law Roundtable Seminar: Changing Prisons in Challenging Times, 16 Mar 2015, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.
Ward, Jennifer and Pearson, Geoffrey (2016) Drugs, care and sex work: sex and survival. In: Mischief, Morality and Mobs: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Pearson. Hobbs, Dick , ed. Routledge Advances in Ethnography . Routledge, London, pp. 195-207. ISBN 9781138679733
Ward, Jennifer (2014) Are problem-solving courts the way forward for justice? Social Justice, Human Rights and Penal Policy Working Papers .
2014 – Principal applicant (Jenni Ward) Transforming Summary Justice, Middlesex University, School of Law Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee £1300.
2007 - ESRC Training Bursary £1000 - Training in the use of NVIVO7 provided by SdG Associates.
2002 – Principal applicant and grant holder (Jenni Ward), co-applicant (Geoffrey Pearson) – Economic and Social Research Council. Tracking Care Leavers As They Move to Independence. £41,392.11 Reference no. R000223982
2001 – Principal applicant and grant holder (Jenni Ward), co-applicant (Geoffrey Pearson) Home Office Drugs and Alcohol Research Unit. Care Leavers as a Group Vulnerable to Drug Use. £98,239.98�0�a
I am amember of the international editorial board on the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.