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Andrew Wilson

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Andrew Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. He teaches one postgraduate and three undergraduate modules:

  • Deviance (MA)
  • Violence (Undergraduate Level Three)
  • Responding to Crime (Level Two)
  • Crime and Society (Youth Studies, Level Two).

Research areas

Andrew's research interests include:

  • drugs (all aspects)
  • subcultures and gangs
  • violence (all aspects including terrorism, state sponsored and genocide)
  • inequality and crime
  • criminological theory
  • young people, crime and justice
  • social control and policing.

Research projects:

  • British Academy funded historical study on immigration and racist violence by Skinheads in the later 1960s (May 2011 to January 2012)
  • Innovative research detailing the experiences of chronic victims of crime with Dr Andrew Costello at the University of Sheffield
  • Drug user attitudes to "legal highs" with Tammy Ayres at the University of Leicester
  • Co-editing (with Dr James Treadwell, University of Leicester) a proposed collection of essays on ethnographic research.

External activity

  • He has recently presented papers at a number of conferences including: all four British Society of Criminology Annual Conference from 2007; the European Society of Criminology (2008) and the British Sociological Association (2007). See link to conference papers for details.
  • Guest Lectures at the Universities of Reading and York.
  • ESRC Rapporteur on gangs research.
  • Commissioning Editor for the Internet Journal of Criminology.
  • External Doctoral Examiner (LSE Transnational Policing).


  • BBC2 Newsnight
  • Radio 4 Thingking Allowed
  • BBC1 Look North.

Sponsors and collaborators

Andrew has carried out a number of research projects since completing his PhD in 1999 using a range of methodologies from ethnographic work to residential surveys, mainly concerning drugs and crime and disorder in deprived areas (see publications).

Including the following:

  • Police Foundation (as Police Foundation Research Fellow)
  • The Youth Justice Board for an evaluation of a mentoring project for Camden Council (Youth Service)
  • Professor Emeritus Tony Bottoms, University Cambridge, on several projects relating to community crime and disorder
  • Professor Emeritus David Downes, London School of Economics, evaluation of a mentoring project
  • Professor Ben Bowling, King's College London, proposal to research policing cannabis use
  • Dr Andrew Costello (University of Sheffield) chronic victims of crime.

Press expertise

This includes:

  • drugs
  • community policing
  • perceptions of policing and control
  • subcultures
  • gangs.