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Academic Biography

Dr Justin Kotzé joined Teesside University in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Prior to this he taught as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Northampton. Justin studied Criminology here at Teesside University, obtaining a First Class Honours (BSc Hons) degree and a Masters (MSc) with Distinction before going on to complete a PhD. He was awarded his doctorate in 2016 which focused on exploring and analysing the purported ‘crime decline’ as well as both change and continuity in crime and harm.

Justin maintains an interest in the evolution/obsolescence of criminal markets. He is also interested in advanced criminological theory; consumer culture and the development of harmful subjectivities; the commodification of acts of ‘resistance’; deviant leisure, critical criminology and social harm. He has previously published work in the fields of ex-prisoner reintegration, the historical sublimation of violence, and the consumption of steroids. Justin is also the author of The Myth of the 'Crime Decline' (Routledge, 2019) and co-editor of Zemiology (Palgrave, 2018).

Summary of Research Interests

Justin’s research interests are wide-ranging and include: emerging criminal markets; the mutation and obsolescence of crime forms; counterfeits; advanced criminological theory; deviant leisure; the commodification of acts of ‘resistance’; consumer culture and the creation of harmful subjectivities; capitalism and inequality; hidden crime; the relationship betwee crime and social harm.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Justin welcomes research collaboration and applications for PhDs across any areas of his research.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Justin is an Academic Reviewer for Trends in Organised Crime; and is also an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the International Journal of Community Chaplaincy.

External Research Collaborations

Justin is currently working on contributions for two edited collections. The first, The Commodification of Abstinence, is for a collection edited by Steve Hall, Tereza Kuldova, and Mark Horsley. The second, The Problem of Researching Harm, is for a collection edited by Pamela Davies, Paul Leighton, and Tanya Wyatt.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Dr Kotzé currently teaches across a number of modules including:

  • Advanced Criminological Theory
  • Foundations of Social Research
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Research Skills for Social Scientists
  • Criminal Justice

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Research Output

The Commodification of Abstinence

Kotzé, J., 29 Jan 2020, Crime, Harm and Consumerism. Hall, S., Kuldova, T. & Horsley, M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
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    The Myth of the ‘Crime Decline’: Exploring Change and Continuity in Crime and Harm

    Kotze, J., 3 Apr 2019, Taylor & Francis. 216 p. (Routledge Studies in Crime and Society)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Criminology or Zemiology? Yes, please! on the refusal of choice between false alternatives

    Kotze, J., 25 Jun 2018, Zemiology: Reconnecting Crime and Social Harm. Palgrave Macmillan, p. -

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
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    The Maintenance of Orderly Disorder: Law, markets and the pseudo-pacification process

    Horsley, M., Kotze, J. & Hall, S., 2015, In : Journal on European History of Law. 6, 1, p. -

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Analysing the ‘Crime Decline’: Change and Continuity in Crime and Harm.

    Author: Kotzé, J., 24 Aug 2016

    Supervisor: Hall, S. (Supervisor), Antonopoulos, G. (Supervisor) & Shen, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis