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When I last visited Delhi, nearly thirty years ago, the airport was a notorious challenge for the visitor: one had to confront a sea of people, an onslaught of humanity, pressing and prospecting. Today there are few people hanging around there. The airport is calm and clean. As one drives around Delhi, there are traffic jams, but one is not confronted by the crowds that used to overwhelm the foreign visitor. Where have all the people gone?

It is not only Delhi which has changed of course, it is also me. This time I have mostly travelled by air-conditioned car from one elite institution to another. Which leads me to Bhaskar Vira’s challenge to his audience of several hundred Cambridge alumni at the Global Cambridge India day in Delhi last week, in a session entitled “Society”.  Read more…

Nicola Padfield

About Nicola Padfield

Nicola Padfield MA, Dip Crim, DES became Master of Fitzwilliam College in October 2013. She is a Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1991.

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The Long Vacation draws to an end, and academics sigh with irritation as students (and others) ask them if they have had a good holiday, as though we have been relaxing over the last four months… This was the research time. Holidays are a luxury! Actually, I have managed to read some fascinating books which I probably wouldn’t have done in term time.

One which I have found particularly fascinating is Gerard Lemos’ The Good Prison: conscience, crime and punishment, published earlier this year. Lemos works in social policy, and has written a book which shows that he has explored much of the criminological literature and has seen how it is (or isn’t) applied on the ground. I fear that his radical agenda for change has no hope of achievement – but I’d like to challenge politicians and policy makers to explain why not. Read more…

Nicola Padfield

About Nicola Padfield

Nicola Padfield MA, Dip Crim, DES became Master of Fitzwilliam College in October 2013. She is a Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1991.