Stuart is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Justice Studies. He joined LJMU as a Research Officer in 2003 before becoming a lecturer the following year. Prior to entering academia he worked for both Derbyshire and Merseyside Probation Services.
Stuart has extensive experience of managing and facilitating empirical research studies within a wide range of contexts. His main interests sit within three areas. Firstly, the policies and processes of the criminal justice system, with previous studies centring on; community justice; risk assessment; resettlement; multi-agency work; and the use, dispensation and attitudes towards community sentences. Secondly, the interconnection between the sociocultural construction of ‘drugs’, prohibitionist drug policies and harm, with former studies considering; cannabis use; cannabis cultivation; and the employment of self-testing drug checking technologies amongst ecstasy users. Thirdly, the interplay between alcohol (and indeed the alcohol industry), sexual offences and the Night-Time Economy (NTE), with prior studies focussing on; the value of sexual consent campaigns in the NTE; and experiences of sexual assault within the NTE.
Stuart has published in various international journals within the criminological and substance use fields, culminating in his recent submission of a PhD by Published Works. He has a number of ongoing writing projects including a book on drugs and crime co-authored with Tammy Ayres and Steve Wakeman to be published by Sage in 2021.
Stuart is a member of the European Society of Criminology, the Addiction Theory Network, North West: Drugs, and LJMU’s Centre for Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion.
Stuart is happy to discuss potential PhD supervision in any area related to substance use and/or drug policy.
Stuart teaches across the suite of undergraduate and postgraduate level Criminal Justice programmes. At Level 4 he is module leader for Media, the Public and Criminal Justice alongside Criminological Theory, at Level 6 for Substance Use, Society and Criminal Justice, and at Level 7 for Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice. Stuart won the Liverpool Student Union's 'Amazing Teacher' award in both 2017 and 2019, having also made the short-list for this accolade in 2014 and 2015. In 2019 he was awarded an Individual Teaching Excellence Award by the LJMU Teaching and Learning Academy.
2001, University of Hull, United Kingdom, MA Criminology
1999, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom, BA Criminology
Senior Lecturer Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University, 2003 - present
Gunby C, Carline A, Taylor S, Gosling H. 2020. Unwanted Sexual Attention in the Night-Time Economy: Behaviors, Safety Strategies, and Conceptualizing “Feisty Femininity” Feminist Criminology, 15 :24-46 DOI Author Url Public Url
Millings M, Taylor S, Burke L, Ragonese E. 2019. Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short-term prisoners. Probation Journal, 66 :77-95 DOI Public Url
Taylor S, Beckett Wilson H, Barrett G, Jamieson J, Grindrod L. 2018. Cannabis Use in an English Community: Acceptance, Anxieties and the Liminality of Drug Prohibition Contemporary Drug Problems, 45 :401-424 DOI Public Url
Carline A, Gunby C, Taylor S. 2018. Too Drunk to Consent? Exploring the Contestations and Disruptions in Male Focused Sexual Violence Prevention Interventions Social and Legal Studies, 3 :299-322 DOI Author Url Public Url
Beckett Wilson H, Taylor S, Barrett G, Jamieson J, Grindrod L. 2017. Propagating the Haze? Community and professional perceptions of cannabis cultivation and the impacts of prohibition International Journal of Drug Policy, 48 :72-80 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Taylor S, Burke L, Millings M, Ragonese E. 2017. Transforming Rehabilitation during a penal crisis: a case study of Through the Gate services in a Resettlement Prison in England and Wales European Journal of Probation, 9 :115-131 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Gunby C, Carline A, Taylor S. 2017. Location, Libation and Leisure: An examination of the use of licensed venues to help challenge sexual violence Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, 3 :315-333 DOI Author Url Public Url
Taylor S, Buchanan J, Ayres TC. 2016. Prohibition, Privilege and the Drug Apartheid: The failure of drug policy reform to address the underlying fallacies of drug prohibition Criminology and Criminal Justice, 16 :452-469 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Taylor S. 2011. 'New' strategy, usual suspects: A critique of reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery Criminal Justice Matters, 84 :24-26 DOI
Taylor S. 2008. 'Outside the Outsiders' Media representations of drug use Probation Journal: the journal of community and criminal justice, 55 :369-387 DOI
Mair G, Burke L, Taylor S. 2006. 'The worst tax form you've ever seen?': Probation Officers views about OASys Probation Journal: the journal of community and criminal justice, 53 :7-23 DOI
Taylor S, Burke L, Millings M, Ragonese E. 2018. Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short term prisoners. Final Briefing Report. DOI Public Url
Taylor S, Burke L, Millings M, Ragonese E. 2018. Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short term prisoners. Executive Summary. Public Url
Taylor S, Beckett-Wilson H, Jamieson J, Grinrod, L , Barrett G. 2013. Cannabis Use and Cultivation.
Taylor S. 2009. Evaluation of the Nottingham Community Justice Initiative Restorative Justice Pilot Project: The views of the Practitioners. Public Url
Engagement & Impact
Drugs, Consumerism and Harm: Private drug checking, European Society of Criminology, Gent, Oral presentation. 2019
Private drug testing: reducing harm, guaranteeing good times?, Drugs: North West, Manchester, Oral presentation. 2019
The Twelve Dichotomies of Drug Policy, LJMU Christmas Research Cafe, Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2018
Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short-term prisoners, European Society of Criminology, Sarajevo, Oral presentation. 2018
How will different user groups respond to legal reform?, Cannabis in a post-prohibition world (organised by LJMU Public Health Institute and Volteface), Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2018
Deviant Leisure: Consuming Harm - Intervening with Deviant Leisure, American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Oral presentation. 2017
Gendered sexual violence in the Night-Time Economy, Tackling Sexism On-Campus, University of Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2017
Transforming Rehabilitation and Through the Gate, Penal Reform - Where to Next?, University of Nottingham, Oral presentation. 2017
The Metamorphosis of Prohibition: Do global drug policy reforms represent progressive change?, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2016, New Orleans, Oral presentation. 2016
Transforming Rehabilitation and Through The Gate: Research from a resettlement prison, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2016, New Orleans, Oral presentation. 2016
'It was only a grope’: Findings from an evaluation of two sexual offence prevention campaigns running in the NTE, European Society of Criminology Conference, 2015, Porto, Oral presentation. 2015
On Fallacies and Alienation: The Reductionist Drugs Discourse, The Other, Cultural Criminology Conference. 2015, VU University, Amsterdam., Oral presentation. 2015
Cannabis, Cultivation and Community, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2014, San Francisco, Oral presentation. 2014
The Shifting Landscape of Cannabis in the Community: Acceptance, Anxieties and Ambiguities, European Society of Criminology Conference, 2014, Prague, Oral presentation. 2014
Public education and public criminology from the UK, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2013, Atlanta, Oral presentation. 2013
The ‘Day of Crime’ programme: Lessons in public education and public criminology from the UK?, European Society of Criminology Conference, 2013, Budapest, Oral presentation. 2013
The Great Unmentionable’ Just why do continue to ignore the potential benefits of illegal drug use?, Public Lecture, 2012, University of Victoria, Wellington., Oral presentation. 2012
The Path to Enlightenment? Public Engagement, Public Education and the role of the Public Criminologist, Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, 2012, Auckland, Oral presentation. 2012
‘'Days of Crime': The route to a more enlightened, engaged and educated public?, World Congress of Criminology Conference, 2011, Kobe, Oral presentation. 2011
Community Justice & Public Engagement: Rhetoric & Reality, European Society of Criminology Conference, 2010, Liege, Oral presentation. 2010
Mutton Dressed as Lamb? The case of the community order and the suspended sentence order in England & Wales, World Congress of Criminology Conference, 2008, Barcelona, Oral presentation. 2008
The Community Order: Issues of implementation & use, British Society of Criminology Conference, 2007, Glasgow, Oral presentation. 2007
The worst Tax Form you’ve ever seen’: Probation Officers views on OASyS, British Society of Criminology Conference, 2005, Leeds, Oral presentation. 2005
2019 Individual Teaching Excellence Award, LJMU Teaching and Learning Academy. 2019
2019 Amazing Teaching Award, Liverpool John Moores University Students Union, https://www.jmsu.co.uk/articles/celebrating-excellence-at-ljmu-amazing-teaching-awards-2019. 2019
2017 Amazing Teaching Award, Liverpool John Moores Student Union, https://www.jmsu.co.uk/articles/amazing-teaching-awards-2017-winners. 2017
Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
Membership of professional bodies:
Member, Addiction Theory Network.
Member, European Society of Criminology.
Member, North West: Drugs.