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Academic Biography

Dr Anthony Lloyd is Professor of Criminology.  He studied Criminology here at Teesside (BSc and MSc) before completing an MA in Social Research Methods at the University of York. His PhD (also at the University of York) involved a covert ethnographic study in a call centre. After completing his PhD, Anthony worked for the NHS before returning to Teesside University in 2013.

Anthony is interested in the social harm, critical criminology and the sociology of work.  His most recent research has focused on global experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. His research has also covered analysis of the workplace with emerging theoretical frameworks around 'social harm' as well as projects on international migration, neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour. His most recent book, Making Sense of Ultra-Realism (Emerald) was published in 2022 and his new book The New Futures of Exclusion (Palgrave) will be published in 2023.

Summary of Research Interests

Anthony’s research interests are wide-ranging and include; critical criminology, social harm, work and employment, labour markets and the leisure and service economy, consumer culture, social theory, international migration, social change, and philosophy and theoretical psychoanalysis.

His labour market research has focused on numerous forms of work, often theorised from a social harm perspective. His book, The Harms of Work, was published in 2018 by Bristol University Press. He is furthering this work in several ways, including funded research (Norwegian Research Council) around algorithmic governance and workplace surveillance and developing projects around labour exploitation and modern slavery.

As thematic lead for the Centre for Social Innovation's Criminology & Criminal Justice theme, he is currently developing a programme of research around neighbourhood crime, anti-social behaviour and place-based approached to crime and harm. He has also undertaken funded research on international migration, demographic change and community tension.

More recently, he has written on the sociological and criminological implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Recent co-authored publications include Researching the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Critical Blueprint for the Social Sciences (2021, Policy Press), Lockdown: Social Harm in the Covid-19 Era (2021, Palgrave) and the forthcoming The New Futures of Exclusion (2023, Palgrave). 

PhD and Research Opportunities

Anthony currently supervises PhDs related to critical criminology and social harm, and the sociology and criminology of work. He welcomes applications for PhDs across any areas of his research.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

At postgraduate level, Anthony teaches two modules: 

  • Social Inequalities
  • Contemporary Criminological Theory


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