Roger Hopkins Burke

Roger Hopkins Burke

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Roger Hopkins Burke is Principal Lecturer in Criminology. He provides academic leadership and support to the Sociology Division in the area of scholarship, research and publication. Roger's job consists of:

  • teaching undergraduates, postgraduate and the supervision of doctoral students
  • conducting research and scholarship and the publication of journal articles and books
  • providing leadership and support to individuals and groups in the areas of research, scholarship and publication
  • public relations support and dealing with the media.

Career overview

Roger was a junior manager in the civil service before being a mature entrant to academia. His first post was as a researcher at the then Trent Polytechnic working initially with Professor Nick Tilley between 1988 and 1994.

He was a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at the Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order at the University of Leicester between 1994 and 1999 where he played a significant part in the creation of the successful Masters' programme by distance learning and commenced his successful publishing career.

Research areas

Roger has conducted research in the areas of crime prevention, policing, and youth justice and has published widely in these areas.

He has recently been involved in researching anti-social behaviour in the context of his concept of radical moral communitarianism and the notion of community regeneration. He has been invited to present a paper on the subject at the Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference in the Social Sciences to be held in Vancouver 11th to 14th June.

Roger is currently completing a book on vandalism with Matt Long – 'A Smashing Time' to be published by Palgrave Macmillan – which explores via empirical data a discussion between cultural and realist criminologies.

Much of Roger's work in recent years has been in the area of theory. He is widely considered a leading expert on criminological theory with his bestselling text on the subject entered its fourth edition in December 2013 published by Routledge. He has also published books on criminal justice theory, youth justice and policing.

Roger is pleased to be heavily involved in community-based empirical research demonstrating the value of theory to practice and showing how sociology / criminology can really make a positive difference to people's lives and also help inform his teaching. All Roger's research informs his teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

His current research interests are:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • criminological theory
  • criminal justice theory
  • public (dis)order policing
  • young people and crime
  • youth justice
  • zero tolerance policing.

External activity

Other than his research, which is very community based and involves close relations with criminal justice agencies, Roger is also heavily involved with other universities being an external examiner currently at the Open University, the University of Derby and the University of Portsmouth. He also does consultancy work with the Open University and its collaborators in the area of youth justice.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Government Office East Midlands
  • The National Youth Agency
  • The Youth Justice Board
  • Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership
  • Nottinghamshire Constabulary



Hopkins Burke, R.D. (ed.) (1998) Zero Tolerance Policing, Leicester: Perpetuity Press/London: Macmillan.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2001) An Introduction to Criminological Theory, Cullompton, Devon: Willan Press.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (ed.) (2004) 'Hard Cop/Soft Cop': Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing, Cullompton, Devon: Willan Press.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2005) An Introduction to Criminological Theory- second Edn, Cullompton, Devon: Willan Press.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2008) Young People, Crime and Society, Cullompton, Devon: Willan Press.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2009) An Introduction to Criminological Theory - third Edn, Cullompton, Devon: Willan Press.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2012) Criminal Justice Theory: An Introduction, London: Routledge.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2013) An Introduction to Criminological Theory- fourth Edn, Oxford: Routledge.

Long, M. and Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2014 forthcoming) A Smashing Time: Vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2015 forthcoming) Young People, Crime and Society – second Edn, Oxford: Routledge.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2002) 'Zero Tolerance Policing: New Authoritarianism or New Liberalism?' The Nottingham Law Journal, 2(1): 20-35.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. and Morrill, R. (2002) 'Anti-social Behaviour Orders: An Infringement of the Human Rights Act 1998?' The Nottingham Law Journal, 2(2): 1-16.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. and Pollock, E. (2004) 'A Tale of Two Anomies: Some Observations on the Contribution of (Sociological) Criminological Theory to Explaining Hate Crime Motivation', Internet Journal of Criminology,

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2008) 'Moral ambiguity, the schizophrenia of crime and community justice', British Journal of Community Justice, 5(1) pp. 43-64.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2013) 'Theorising the Criminal Justice System: Four Models of Criminal Justice Development', Criminal Justice Review, 38 (3): 277-90.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2014 forthcoming) 'Theorising Radical Moral Communitarianism', British Journal of Community Justice

Hopkins Burke, R.D. (2014 forthcoming) 'The Policy Implications of Radical Moral Communitarianism', British Journal of Community Justice

Research Reports:

Hopkins Burke, R. and Hopkins, M. (2001) Repeat Victimisation of Students in Nottingham, Nottingham: Government Office East Midlands/Home Office.

Hopkins Burke, R. and Orrock, E. (2003) Youth Crime: A Base Audit of Youth Work Interventions in England that Impact on Young People as Perpetrators or as Victims of Crime, Leicester: National Youth Association.

Hopkins-Burke, R. and Sparrow, P. (2004), 'Safer Neighbourhoods: An Evaluation of the Safer Neighbourhood Programme.' London: Brent Council.

Hopkins Burke, R.D., Hodgson, P., Crowther-Dowey, C. and Long, M. (2009) An Evaluation of the Nottingham Weeks of Action, Nottingham: Nottingham Crime Research Unit/Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership.

Hopkins Burke, R.D., Hodgson, P., Ellis, C. (2013) Understanding Repeat Anti-Social Behaviour Victimisation, Nottingham: Nottingham Crime Research Unit.

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Press expertise

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Public (dis)order policing
  • Young people and crime
  • Youth justice
  • Zero tolerance policing
  • Explaining criminal behaviour