Stuart is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Law. 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, latterly specialising in substance use.
Stuart's main research interests focus on drug use and drug policy with a particular interest in media representations and the socio-cultural role and place of substance use in contemporary society.
Stuart has extensive experience of managing and facilitating empirical research studies within a wide range of criminal justice contexts. Previous studies have included; an evaluation of the implementation and impact of the Street Crime Initiative in Merseyside (funded by Merseyside Police and Liverpool Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership); an analysis of Probation Officers views on the OASyS risk assessment tool (funded by NAPO); an assessment of the use of Community and Suspended Sentence Orders (funded by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies); an analysis of the views of sentencers towards the use of Community and Suspended Sentence Orders (funded by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies); an evaluation of a restorative justice pilot scheme implemented by Nottingham Community Justice Initiative (funded by Nottingham Magistrates Court); a study of the impact that a public educational programme of criminal justice has on young people (undertaken in partnership with AimHigher); an exploration of attitudes towards a sexual consent campaign (funded by a local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership); an exploration of experiences of sexual assault in the Night-Time Economy (funded by a local council) and a study into cannabis use and cultivation (funded by a local council).
Stuart's most recent project was a longitudinal study documenting the implementation of Through the Gate service provision within a case study resettlement prison (funded by LJMUs QR stream).
Stuart teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level on the BA and MA Criminal Justice programmes. At Level 4 he is module leader for Media, the Public and Criminal Justice and 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 2017 having been previously short-listed for the accolade in 2014 and 2015.
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
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, :1-24 >DOI
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
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
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
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
Taylor S. 2016. Moving beyond the other: A critique of the reductionist drugs discourse. Cultuur and Criminalitiet, 1 :100-118 >DOI
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, 4 :452-469 >DOI
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. Executive Summary.
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.
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.
Mair G, Cross N, Taylor S. 2008. The Community Order and the Suspended Sentence Order: The views and attitudes of sentencers
Mair G, Cross N, Taylor S. 2007. The Use & Impact of The Community Order & The Suspended Sentence Order
Engagement & Impact
Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short-term prisoners, European Society of Criminology, Sarajevo, Oral presentation 29/08/2018
Deviant Leisure: Consuming Harm - Intervening with Deviant Leisure, American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Oral presentation 22/11/2017
Gendered sexual violence in the Night-Time Economy, Tackling Sexism On-Campus, University of Liverpool, Oral presentation 05/10/2017
Transforming Rehabilitation and Through the Gate, Penal Reform - Where to Next?, University of Nottingham, Oral presentation 23/06/2017
Transforming Rehabilitation and Through The Gate: Research from a resettlement prison, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2016, New Orleans, Oral presentation 16/11/2016
The Metamorphosis of Prohibition: Do global drug policy reforms represent progressive change?, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2016, New Orleans, Oral presentation 16/11/2016
'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 02/09/2015
On Fallacies and Alienation: The Reductionist Drugs Discourse, The Other, Cultural Criminology Conference. 2015, VU University, Amsterdam., Oral presentation 25/06/2015
Cannabis, Cultivation and Community, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2014, San Francisco, Oral presentation 19/11/2014
The Shifting Landscape of Cannabis in the Community: Acceptance, Anxieties and Ambiguities, European Society of Criminology Conference, 2014, Prague, Oral presentation 10/09/2014
Public education and public criminology from the UK, American Society of Criminology Conference, 2013, Atlanta, Oral presentation 20/11/2013
The ‘Day of Crime’ programme: Lessons in public education and public criminology from the UK?, European Society of Criminology Conference, 2013, Budapest, Oral presentation 04/09/2013
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 04/12/2012
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 29/11/2012
‘'Days of Crime': The route to a more enlightened, engaged and educated public?, World Congress of Criminology Conference, 2011, Kobe, Oral presentation 05/08/2011
Community Justice & Public Engagement: Rhetoric & Reality, European Society of Criminology Conference, 2010, Liege, Oral presentation 08/09/2010
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 20/09/2008
The Community Order: Issues of implementation & use, British Society of Criminology Conference, 2007, Glasgow, Oral presentation 05/07/2007
The worst Tax Form you’ve ever seen’: Probation Officers views on OASyS, British Society of Criminology Conference, 2005, Leeds, Oral presentation 12/07/2005