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Michael Sutton


School of Social Sciences

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Mike Sutton is Reader in Criminology. In addition to his undergraduate teaching, he is Course Leader for the MA in Criminology, Director of Nottingham Centre for the Study and Reduction of Crime and Prejudice. Mike is a member of the postgraduate research degrees committee. As Director of Studies he has successfully obtained funding for and supervised to completion a number of PhD students. He is currently Director of Studies for several PhD students.

Career overview

In his academic career Mike was first a Research Assistant and then Lecturer in Law at the University of Central Lancashire. From there he was appointed as a research professional by the Home Office and became Senior Research Officer at the Research and Planning Unit in London before moving to the Policing and Reducing Crime Unit. Mike has been Reader at Nottingham Trent University since July 2001.

Research areas

Mike Sutton is the originator of the Market Reduction Approach to Theft and has published many encyclopaedia essays, articles, book chapters, national and international policy oriented government reports and policing guides on this subject and on stolen goods markets in general.  Mike has an international reputation and is widely acknowledged as the world's leading expert in this field. He is research active in this area and is also currently researching, writing and publishing in several others including measurement of fear of crime; the role of policing in crime reduction; hate crimes and prejudice reduction; hi tech crimes; explanations for the current crime drop; and myths and fallacies about crime.

For a paper he published on his work researching smart card hackers, Mike was co-recipient in 1999 of the British Journal of Criminology Prize awarded for the best article published in 1998/99 that contributed to knowledge and understanding of criminology and criminal justice issues.

In the field of criminological myths and fallacies, Mike is particularly interested in what he has recently named Supermyths. These are credulously believed by numerous scholars and used, with unintended irony, to support arguments of the importance of identifying myths and fallacies.

External activity

Mike is External Examiner for criminology at Birmingham City University and Sheffield Hallam University. He has been involved in validating degree courses for other universities. Mike is active as a peer reviewer for scholarly journals, research councils and other organisations. He regularly advises police forces on how to tackle stolen goods markets. Mike is Editor in Chief of the Internet Journal of Criminology and sits on the Editorial Board of the Security Journal.

Sponsors and collaborators

Mike's past research and publications have been funded on several occasions by The Home Office; Department of Communities and Local Government; Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership; Derby City Police and the United States Department of Justice. He has competed successfully within Nottingham Trent University for full-time bursary funding for his PhD students and has twice successfully bid for full-time ESRC bursary funding for his PhD students.

Mike is currently collaborating with Nottinghamshire Police to research the area of metal theft and associated stolen goods markets.


(2011) Sutton, M. & Tseloni, A. Area Crime and Fear of Crime Levels: Has analysis of the British Crime Survey diluted crime concentration and homogenised risk?, Criminology. Fear of Crime: A Comparative Approach in the European Context, 32-39 in C. Zarafonitou (Guest Editor) October 2011 Athens: Law Library.

(2010) Sutton, M. Stolen Goods Markets. Problem Oriented Policing Guide No.47, USA Department of Justice COPS Programme (Peer reviewed international policing guide).

(2010) Sutton, M. Understanding and Tackling Stolen Goods Markets in Brookman, F., Maguire, M., Pierpoint, H. & Bennett, T. (eds) Handbook on Crime, Cullompton, Willan.

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Press expertise

  • Hi-tech crime
  • Cyber-crime
  • Crime reduction
  • Stolen goods markets and the Market Reduction Approach (MRA) to crime
  • Science fraud
  • Research fraud and plagiarism
  • Criminological myths and fallacies
  • Organic evolution
  • Darwinism
  • Matthewism
  • Scientific myths, super-myths and fallacies