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Ian Mahoney

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Ian Mahoney is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Criminal Justice Department, and is co-director of the Critical Criminology and Social Justice Research group.  In addition to his teaching and research roles Ian is First Year Criminology Tutor and module leader for the year one module Introduction to the Criminal Justice System.  He is also a supervisor for third year and master's level dissertations.

Modules taught on:

CRIM10011: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (module leader)

CRIM20455: Criminology in the Real World

CRIM30295: Cultural Criminology

CRIM40200 Approaches to Criminological Theory and Research Methods

Career overview

Ian holds a PhD in Criminology which was awarded in 2015 by Keele University.  His doctoral thesis, entitled 'Graftin' up 'Anley Duck: narrating the influence of unemployment upon identity and crime in Stoke-on-Trent', explored experiences of unemployment and its influences upon engagement in crime and deviance, the impacts of social exclusion, and the impact of this upon senses of self and identity.  Ian joined NTU in September 2018 having spent three years employed as a lecturer in Criminology Liverpool Hope University.

Research areas

Ian retains a strong interest in masculinity and experiences of exclusion and marginalisation and continues to focus on developing these themes.  He has recently published work examining the role of homeless hostels in disciplining and regulating marginalized individuals, the roots of Brexit in Stoke-on-Trent, and the hidden harms embedded within the leisure cruising industry. He is is currently looking to develop links in the wider East Midlands area to further explore some of the themes addressed in this work.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website

External activity

Ian has recently conducted an evaluation of the Homes for £1 scheme operating in Liverpool on behalf of Liverpool City Council with the intention of helping to shape future local government led community regeneration strategies.


In development:

Mahoney I (in development): Do owner occupier led regeneration schemes provide an effective template for urban renewal?: A review of Liverpool's Homes for £1 scheme

Mahoney I, Teague K, Long M, Winders B (in development) Populist and vindictive constructions of sexual offending, and their implications for criminal and social justice.


Mahoney I and Collins V (2020) The capitalist voyeur: commodification, consumption and the spectacle of the cruise. Leisure Studies 39(2) pp.280-293

Mahoney I (2019) Considering the role of homeless hostels as sites of discipline and regulation. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 39(3/4) pp.250-263

Mahoney I and Kearon T (2018) Social Quality and Brexit in Stoke-on-Trent, England. International Journal of Social Quality 8(1) pp.1-20

Mahoney I and Kearon T (2018) (De)Constructing Ethical Narratives in Criminological Research. Research Ethics 14(2) pp.1-5

Mahoney I and Kearon T (2017) Formulating the post-industrial self: the role of petty crime among unemployed, working-class men in Stoke-on-Trent, in Walker C and Roberts S (Eds.) Masculinity, Labour and Neoliberalism: Working-class men in International Perspective, Palgrave: London.  pp.77-99


Mahoney I and Kearon T (2017) Selling Homes for £1 Gives Local Authorities the Power to Revive Deprived Communities. The Conversation [Online] available at

Mahoney I (2016) Censoring the Terrors of War, Open Democracy [Online] available at

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Course(s) I teach on

  • Galleries of Justice
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2023