Dr Rowland Atkinson – Research Chair in Inclusive Society, University of Sheffield

My work crosses the boundaries of urban studies, sociology, geography and criminology.  Since moving to the University of Sheffield in 2014 I continue to work on urban social problems including the role of the super-rich in residential life in the UK, gentrification, community trauma/violence and social vulnerability. As Chair in Inclusive Societies I work both within TRP and across the faculty of social sciences and welcome contact from community leaders, policymakers and others interested in addressing these challenges.

Rowland is the editor of Shades of Deviance (2014, Routledge) and co-editor of New Directions in Crime and Deviancy (2012, Routledge).

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Tammy Ayres – Lecturer, Leicester University

My research interests include: the link between drugs and crime; particularly why some drug users control their drug use, whilst others descend in to more problematic patterns of drug use and criminality.  The prison system, including drugs in prison and its subsequent treatment; specifically chemical detoxification and retoxification; the perceived links between substance use, self-harm and suicide within the prison system; legal highs; ‘narcoterrorism’; and the issues surrounding female substance users. Email Tammy

Dr Susan Batchelor – Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Glasgow

My research interests revolve around intersecting issues of: youth, culture and leisure; and gender, violence and social harm. I am currently leading an ESRC-funded study of youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong, which includes a focus on ‘risky’ leisure and youth ‘gangs’. Further information can be found here: (Re)Imagining Youth

You can also find me on Twitter: at @susanabatchelor and @imaginingyouth

Dr. Shane Blackman – Professor of Cultural Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University

Shane has undertaken ethnographic research for the Home Office, London Health Authorities, the Kent Constabulary, Kent Social Services and Medway City Council on social and cultural processes, including youth subcultures, young women and feminism, drugs and alcohol, youth homelessness and deviance. He is the author of Chilling Out: the cultural politics of substance consumption, youth and drug policy published by the Open University Press, 2004. His most recent publications include Blackman, S. and Wilson, A. (2014) Psychotic (e)states: where anti-social behaviour is merged with recreational drug use to signify the social problem group, in Pickard, S. (ed) Anti-social Behaviour in Britain: Victorian and Contemporary Perspectives. London: Palgrave, and Blackman, S. (2014) Subculture Theory: An Historical and Contemporary Assessment of the Concept for Understanding Deviance, in Deviant Behavior (USA), 35:6, 496-512. He is an Editor of the Journal of Youth Studies and YOUNG: the Nordic Journal of Youth Research. Shane is also a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): Peer Review College. Email Shane

Dr Daniel Briggs

Daniel Briggs is a researcher, writer and inter-disciplinary academic who uses ethnography to study social problems. He has written Deviance and Risk on holiday: An ethnography of British tourists in Ibiza (2013 Palgrave MacMillan) and Crack Cocaine Users: High Society and Low Life in South London (2012 Routledge). He is also the editor of The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent (2012 Waterside Press) and La Criminología Del Hoy y Del Mañana (2016 Dykinson), and has also co-authored The consequences of mobility: Reflexivity, social inequality and the reproduction of precariousness in highly qualified migration (2016 Palgrave MacMillan), Riots and Political Protest (2015 Routledge), Culture and Immigration in Context (2014 Palgrave MacMillan) and Assessing the Use and Impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (2007 Policy Press). He is currently writing Drugs, Crime and Life in the City Shadows, a book based on two years of ethnographic study in Spain’s principal drug market in the Cañada Real Galiana and undertaking ongoing ethnographic research across Europe on the refugee crisis and undertaking covert ethnographic research on brothels. Daniel lives, works and cycles in Madrid, Spain.

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Professor Walter DeKeseredy – Director, Research Center on Violence, West Virginia University

Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Research Center on Violence at West Virginia University. He has published 19 books and over 130 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC), in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2014 the Academy of Criminal Justice’s Critical Criminal Justice Section gave him the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award. Email Walter

Dr Alistair Fraser – University of Glasgow

Alistair Fraser is Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Glasgow, and Honorary Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of Hong Kong. His work focuses on issues of youth, crime and globalisation, with a particular focus on youth ‘gangs’ in a global and comparative perspective. He is currently co-Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded study of youth leisure in Hong Kong and Glasgow, titled (Re)Imagining Youth. His first book, Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City was published by Oxford University Press in 2015, and was awarded the prestigious British Society of Criminology book prize in 2016. email Alistair

Dr Nic Groombridge – Senior Lecturer, St Mary’s University

Nic’s latest area of study is sport.  A long term sports fan and participant he is trying to see if a critical criminology can steer a path between a conventional sociology of sport and sports law.  So beyond football hooliganism, assaults off field by sport’s stars or performance enhancing drug use to considering crime within sport and to use sport as a laboratory of rule-making and breaking that mainstream criminology has left unattended.  He is to write a book for Policy Press on the subject but blogs occasionally about it here and tweets as @criminology4u. Email Nic

Dr Alex Hall – Senior Research Lecturer, Northumbria University

Alex is a critical criminologist with research interests spanning the social sciences. Her current work explores the intersections between crime, harm, political economy, consumer culture, technology and the body in late capitalism. She is particularly interested in the sociological and criminological implications of digital technologies and how they interact with broader politico-economic and cultural processes and structures to enable increased production, distribution and consumption of illicit goods around the globe. Ongoing research in the area includes an ethnographic study of the illicit enhancement drug market in a post-industrial urban space.

Professor Keith Hayward, University of Copenhagen

Whilst my primary research interest is criminological theory (in particular the relationship between consumer culture and crime), I have also published widely in the areas of youth crime, spatial and social theory, popular culture, and terrorism and fanaticism.

As a cultural criminologist, I am particularly interested in the various ways in which cultural dynamics intertwine with the practices of crime and crime control within contemporary society. As a consequence, I have written on everything from the commodification of crime and violence in video games, to the liminal spectacle of “binge” drinking, from so-called “chav” culture, to the hyper terrorist spectacle of 9/11. Email Keith

Theo Kindynis, Goldsmiths

Theo’s current research comprises an ethnography of graffiti writers, shoplifters and “urban explorers” in London. Theoretically he is interested in developing a critical criminological account of the interrelationships between crime, control and urban space. Email Theo

Joanna Large – University of Bristol

I have a range of research experiences and interests which include:

  • consumption and policing of counterfeit goods
  • fashion counterfeiting
  • alcohol and the night time economy
  • adventure tourism – motivations and experiences of those who take part in ‘charity challenges’
  • volunteer/adventure/eco tourism and relationships with harm

Generally I am interested in the relationship of consumption and leisure with harm, including how consumers’ construct and negotiate harm in daily life. I also have a keen interest in research methods.

Corina Medley, University of Plymouth

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Kyle J.D. Mulrooney, Ph.D. Fellow with the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology

Kyle Mulrooney’s research is devoted to the sociological study of punishment and penal control. In particular, his Ph.D. dissertation explores the evolution of criminal justice policy in Canada with specific attention to the ways in which state processes and penal actors translate social forces into penal effects. Following this line he has also taken an interest in the doping phenomenon, examining the trend towards “zero tolerance” and the criminalization of performance and image enhancing drugs. Kyle Mulrooney holds a MA in the Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain, and a BA (Honours) in Criminology and Justice from the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology, Canada. He is currently a Ph.D. Fellow with the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, an Erasmus Mundus program of the European Union. Email Kyle

Thomas Raymen, Northumbria

My research focuses upon a critical and cultural criminological account of the practice of parkour, its control, and a theoretical account of risk, transgression, security, and insecurity in contemporary consumer urban spaces. Email Tom

Dr Victoria Silverwood

Victoria is a criminologist and ethnographer interested in violence, deviance, sport and culture. She is currently writing two books focussing on her recent PhD research. This research investigates the phenomenon of violence through the lens of legitimised violence in ice hockey, locating hockey violence in the boundaries of criminality, where it is managed organised and regulated outside of the criminal justice system. Her ethnographic research with a team of professional ice hockey players uncovers the organisation of violence in the sport, where it is played out through spectacle and entertainment, justified by the culture as being for the good of the game.

In addition to her academic work, Victoria also contributes to Hockey In Society and appears in the forthcoming feature documentary Ice Guardians

Dr Oliver Smith – Reader in Criminology, University of Plymouth, UK

Oliver is a Reader in criminology at Plymouth University. His primary research interests are in the fields of alcohol and drug use in the Night Time Economy. He is author of Contemporary adulthood and the night time economy (Palgrave, 2014) and has published mainly at the point of impact between crime and deviance in post-industrial Britain. Email Oliver

Prof James Treadwell – Staffordshire

Dr Treadwell’s previous work is largely ethnographic, and has involved a range of projects from studying Probation cultures, to a variety of studies of what might be termed more everyday forms of organised crime. He has recently been involved (with Jon Garland at the University of Surrey) in a long term ethnographic study of the English Defence League, while his current research interests revolve around looking at the August 2011 English Riots and wider outbreaks of public disorder in Europe and beyond with  Professors Simon Winlow and Steve Hall (University of Teeside) and Dr Daniel Briggs (University of East London).  He is also currently working on several journal articles and invited book chapters based on previous research.

Katinka van de Ven,

Following the recent completion of her Ph.D., Katinka, in collaboration with her colleague Kyle Mulrooney created the Human Enhancement Drug Network ( The goal of the network and the HED website is to provide evidence-based information, to share knowledge and experience, and to collaborate in this growing field of HEDs. Her research interests are in the field of human enhancement drugs (HEDs), drug use and supply, drug policy, anti-doping, health, nutrition and sports. Outside of her academic career, Van de Ven is also highly active in Crossfit, both as a trainer and coach, and bodybuilding, and in her spare time advises clients on nutrition and supplements.Email Katinka


Twitter: @katinkavandeven


Steve Wakeman – Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

Steve Wakeman is a lecturer in criminology at Liverpool John Moores University.  His research interests span the sociology of intoxication, but are primarily focused upon heroin and crack cocaine, cultural representations of drugs and drug policy, and drug-using identities/subjectivities.  His first book, Corporeality: The Body and Society (co-edited with Cassandra Ogden), was published by Chester University Press in 2013 and he has recently published articles in The British Journal of Criminology and Theoretical Criminology.  He tweets as @Steve_Wakeman

Professor Simon Winlow –  Northumbria

Simon Winlow is a critical criminologist with research expertise in both sociology and criminology. He is perhaps best known as an ethnographer, but he has also published widely on violence, criminal markets and cultures, and social, political and economic change. Professor Winlow is the author of Badfellas: Crime, Tradition and New Masculinities (2001, Berg) and co-author of Bouncers: Violence and Governance in the Night-time Economy (2003, Oxford University Press), Violent Night: Urban Leisure and Contemporary Culture (2006, Berg) and Criminal Identities and Consumer Culture: Crime, Exclusion and the New Culture of Narcissism (2008, Willan). He is also the co-editor of New Directions in Criminological Theory (2012, Routledge) and New Directions in Crime and Deviance (2012, Routledge).

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