Dale Spencer

Dale Spencer Centre for Urban Youth Research

Dale Spencer is Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. His main interests are violence, victimization, policing, youth, and conceptions of homelessness, domicile, and the law.

He has published three books, Violence, Sex Offenders, and Corrections (Routledge), Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives (UBC Press) and Ultimate Fighting and Embodiment (Routledge), and three edited volumes, Emotions Matter (University of Toronto Press), Fighting Scholars (Anthem), and Reconceptualizing Critical Victimology (Lexington). His work can be found in a number of journals, including Theoretical CriminologyPunishment and Society, and Ethnography.

Dale Spencer’s research areas revolve around youth and homelessness. Early on his career, Spencer engaged in a large qualitative study of so-called at-risk youth in Ottawa. This work was published in a book entitled Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives: Work, social assistance and marginalization and a number of journal articles (see Foster and Spencer, 2011, 2013; Spencer, 2014). Currently, Spencer is involved in a large-scale mixed method study utilizing surveys, focus groups and interviews with so-called at-risk young people and members of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador to understand the complex dynamic between these two groups. Three articles have been published out of this research (see Ricciardelli, et al., 2017; Adorjan et al., 2017 Ricciardelli, Spencer, & Andres, forthcoming). Another current project is entitled Coldness, Cruelty and the Throwaway Men: A tale of two ‘windy’ cities, where he examines the forms of violence and victimization homeless males experience in Chicago, Illinois and Winnipeg Manitoba. Through a comparative multi methods study of these two ‘windy’ cities, this project, inter alia, maps the historical determinants and contemporary practices related to violence against homeless men, the traumatic experiences of abjection that these men undergo, and the effects of the mark of ‘criminal’ label on homeless males’ ability to find work and escape the vicious cycle of incarceration and homelessness.