Diane Urquhart

BDiane Urquhartiography

Diane holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy (First Class), and an MSc in Criminology (with Distinction). Her MSc dissertation, which encompassed a theoretical examination of the Spectacle of Punishment, was awarded the Best Dissertation Prize.

Diane has a wealth of research experience; most recently she has been working in collaboration with former colleague Dr Sarah Hodgkinson on projects which focus on her main interests of Prison Tourism and Dark Tourism (see publications below). She has also worked with Dr Lisa Smith on an analysis of the use of Forensic Science evidence by Police in Suspect Interviews, and with former colleague Dr John Bond, OBE, on research which explored a new and innovative method of obtaining fingerprints. She has also undertaken research which examined the use of Family Intervention Projects in reducing anti-social behaviour (publications below).

She has delivered lectures for the Department of Criminology’s MSc and BSc programmes, and has previously taught undergraduate seminars in the subjects of Clinical Criminology, Policing, and Psychology and Crime. Diane has also acted as Personal Tutor to students undertaking the Department’s BSc and Distance Learning courses.

Diane’s research interests lie broadly within the realms of Punishment as Spectacle, Dark Tourism, historical and macabre notions of Punishment and Execution, and Prison Tourism. Her ongoing doctoral research reflects these interests.

PhD Research

Diane’s doctoral research explores the notion of Punishment within the context of Dark Tourism. Following upon interest ignited from her MSc research, it focuses on the complexities surrounding former prison sites in the UK and their function as consumptive entities. The apparent fascination with prisons and punishment is considered within the theoretical concepts of the Gaze, Spectacle and Voyeurism. These are examined empirically adopting a qualitative stance utilising ethnographic approaches, incorporating both interviews and observational analysis as methodological nuclei.

Diane was awarded a scholarship to undertake her research and is working under the supervision of Professor Teela Sanders and Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon.

Publications

Hodgkinson, S. and Urquhart, D. (2017) ‘Ghost hunting in prison: Contemplating death through sites of incarceration and the co-modification of the penal past’, in J.Z. Wilson, S. Hodgkinson, J. Piché and K. Walby (Eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hodgkinson, S. and Urquhart, D. (2016) ‘Prison Tourism: Exploring the spectacle of punishment in the UK’, in G. Hooper and J. Lennon (Eds) Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation, Abingdon: Routledge.

Hodgkinson, S. and Jones, D. (2013) ‘The use of Family Intervention Projects to deal with anti-social behaviour: A preliminary study of keyworker perceptions’, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 15(4): 278-291.

Hodgkinson, S. and Jones, D. (2012) Family Intervention Projects: A pilot study - A study of research conducted on Family Intervention Projects within Leicester City, Research Report for Action for Children and Spurgeons charities, March 2012.

Conference Presentations

Urquhart, D. (2017) ‘(Re)locating the Prison as a site of Dark Tourism’, Unexpected Heritages, The reuse of former prisons: challenges and potentials, An International Conference promoted by Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Santa Agata, Bergamo, Italy.

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