Steve joined LJMU as a lecturer in criminology in August 2014 after completing his PhD in the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Manchester. His PhD was an ethnographic study of heroin and crack cocaine users and dealers in the North-West of England. Prior to this he worked in drug rehabilitation centres, homeless hostels, and at a ‘problem’ youth project.
Steve has knowledge and expertise in three main areas: drugs (specifically addictions, policy, and heroin and/or crack cocaine use/markets); media (specifically cultural representations of crime and deviance in popular and/or 'new' media); and criminological theory (specifically cultural, visual, critical criminologies, or any other progressive theory, as well as the use of autoethnographic methods in criminology).
His work has been published in a number of leading criminology journals, and he currently sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology. He is writing a book on autoethnographic criminology to be published by Routledge in 2020, and another with Tammy Ayres and Stuart Taylor about drugs and crime to be published by Sage in 2021.
Steve would be happy to discuss potential PhD supervision with students in any area related to drugs, media or theory, but especially so if the project has an autoethnographic element to it as well.
Also of potential interest here may be that Steve has a very nice collection of retro adidas trainers, plays golf (poorly) and guitar (very, very poorly), and keeps a Boston terrier named Lennon that sometimes bites him.
2014, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD - Criminology
2011, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MRes - Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies
2010, University of Chester, United Kingdom, MA - Crime and Justice
2009, University of Chester, United Kingdom, BSc - Criminology with Counselling Skills
Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Wakeman S. Crime Dramas as Social Science Fiction Brown M, Carrabine E. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology