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Christine Piper
Emeritus Professor


My research interests are in child and family law and policy as well as youth justice and sentencing. These overlapping interests are reflected in my books, notably Investing in Children (Willan Publishing, 2008) and Sentencing and Punishment: The Quest for Justice (with S. Easton, OUP, 4th ed 2016). I am on the Editorial Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly, was a member of the Advisory Group for an EU funded project developing training for gender-related violence, and was involved in pressure to amend the offence of child cruelty. Currently my research interests centre on grandparent full-time carers, the outsourcing of punishment, and aspects of industrial development in the 17th and 18th centuries.


BA (1st Class Bristol) MA (Brunel) PGCE (Nottm) PhD (Brunel) FAcSS

Newest selected publications

Kaganas, F. and Piper, C. (2020) 'Grandparent Contact: Another Presumption?'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42 (2). pp. 176 - 203. ISSN: 0141-8033 Open Access Link

Journal article

Piper, C. and Piper, A. (2019) 'Lumsdale, The Industrial Revolution in a Derbyshire Valley'. Chesterfield: Bannister Publications. ISSN 13: 978-1-909813-64-9


Easton, S. and Piper, C. (2019) 'Outsourcing punishment: A poisoned chalice?'. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 58. pp. 69 - 79. ISSN: 1756-0616 Open Access Link

Journal article

Piper, C. (2018) '‘Morality or Welfare? The legal regulation of women and children at work in the 19th Century’,'.Industrialisation and Working People, Arkwright Society Academic Conference. Cromford Mills, Derbyshire. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Kaganas, FR. and Piper, C. (2018) 'Looking after grandchildren: unfair and differential impacts?', in Herring, J. and Clough, B. (eds.) Gender, Aging and Family Law. Abingdon and New York : Routledge. pp. 203 - 229. ISBN 10: 1138744948. ISBN 13: 9781138744943. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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