Simon completed his PhD in 2004, 'The Production of Harm in the UK: A social harm analysis' at the University of Bristol. In 2005, he was awarded an ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowship to develop his doctoral work on social harm, resulting in a number of journal articles and book chapters.
Listen to Simon talking about 'Social harm and the structures of societies' in this podcast (MP3 - 14.1MB)
He was appointed as Lecturer at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol in 2005. Simon was Associate Editor of Policy and Politics 2006-2009. He is currently Membership Secretary of the Social Policy Association.
To date Simon’s research has focussed on three inter-related areas:
state and corporate harm
poverty, inequality and human rights
social harm, crime and criminalisation.
He has published a range of journal articles, monographs and book chapters on these topic areas. He has also received a number of research grants in these areas:
British Academy, ‘Whistleblowing and the Social Control of Organisational Harm’, £6,592, 11 months, Principal Investigator (with Prof Tombs, Liverpool John Moores – co-applicant). 2007
Home Office (RDS – NOMS), ‘Rapid Evidence Assessment on the identified needs of women offenders, and of interventions to meet those needs’, £33,000, 8 months, Co-Applicant. 2006
The Big Lottery, ‘Multi-media Testimony on Rural Poverty & Social Exclusion’, £95,972, 12 months, Co-Applicant (Grant Holder Rural Media Company). 2006
British Academy, Understanding the Social Impacts of Counter-Terrorism Strategies in Britain and Australia, £8,000, 12 months, Named Researcher, (Grant Holder, Dr David Whyte, University of Stirling). 2005
Economic and Social Research Council, ‘The Human Wreckage of Neo Liberalism: A social harm perspective, Post Doctoral Fellowship, £27,757.35, 12 months, Principal Investigator. 2004
Simon is currently a member of the project team for the ‘Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey 2010’, Economic and Social Research Council, £3,798,315, 36 months. http://www.poverty.ac.uk/ .
Fahmy E, & Pemberton S. (2012) A Video Testimony on Rural Poverty and Social Exclusion. Sociological Research Online, 17 (1) 2 http://www.socresonline.org.uk/17/1/2.html 10.5153/sro.2611.
Pemberton, SA, Gordon, D & Nandy, S. (2012) 'Child rights, child survival and child poverty: the debate', in A Minujin and S Nandy (Eds.), Global child poverty and well-being Measurement, concepts, policy and action, (pp. 19-37), Bristol: Policy Press.
Pantazis, C & Pemberton, SA. (2011) 'Re-stating the Case for the Suspect Community: a reply to Greer', British Journal of Criminology, (pp. -) 10.1093/bjc/azr071.
Pantazis, C & Pemberton, S. (2011) 'Reconfiguring Security and Liberty: Political Discourses and Public Opinion in the new century', British Journal of Criminology, (pp. -) 10.1093/bjc/AZR090.
Pemberton, S, Tombs, S, Chan, M.M & Seal, L. (2011) 'Whistleblowing, Organisational Harm and the Self Regulating Organisation', Policy and Politics, (pp. -) 10.1332/030557311X546389.
Pantazis, C & Pemberton, S (2009) 'Nation States and the Production of Social Harm: Resisting the Hegemony of 'TINA'', in Coleman, R. Sim, J. Tombs, S. Whyte D (Eds.), State, Power, Crime, (pp. 214-223), London: Sage Publications.
Pantazis, C & Pemberton, S. (2009) ‘From the ‘Old’ to the ‘New’ Suspect Community Examining the Impacts of Recent UK Counter-Terrorist Legislation’. British Journal of Criminology, 49(5):646-666.
Pantazis, C & Pemberton, S. (2009) ‘Policy transfer and the UK's 'war on terror': a political economy approach’. Policy & Politics, 37 (3): 363-387.
Dorling D., Gordon, D., Hillyard P, Pantazis, C, Pemberton, S & Tombs S. (2008) Criminal obsessions: Why harm matters more than crime (2nd edition), London: Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
Pemberton, S. (2008) 'Demystifying Deaths in Police Custody: Challenging State Talk', Social & Legal Studies, 17 (2): 237-262.
Pemberton, S. (2007) 'Social harm future(s): Exploring the potential of the social harm approach', Crime, Law and Social Change, 48(1-2): 27-41.
Pemberton S, Gordon D, Nandy S, Pantazis C &, Townsend P (2007) Child rights and child poverty: Can the international framework of children’s rights be used to improve child survival rates? PLoS Medicine 4(10): e307.