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BA (Open), MA Criminology (Middlesex), MA Journalism (Westminster) and PhD Criminology (Middlesex).


Nic is a former Home Office civil servant with experience in immigration, probation and inner city community engagement.
All his degrees have been taken part time as a mature student.


Previously Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Media Arts St Mary’s University, Twickenham and joint head of Sociology. Four years part time teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at Kings College London.


Hourly paid lecturer



Sport Criminology (Policy Press July 2016)

Book chapters

‘Sports Crime and Popular Culture’ for Oxford Research Encyclopaedia in Crime and Popular Culture (online shortly)
‘Sport, Crime and Harm’ in K. Cortex, S. Morley, P. Taylor and J. Turner (eds) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation, Bristol: Policy Press (2016)
‘Stepping off the Page: ‘British Batman’ as Legal Superhero’, in T. Giddens (ed) Graphic Justice: Intersections of Comics and Law Routledge (2015)
‘Matter out of place; litter, criminal justice and criminology’, in N. South and A. Brisman, (eds) Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology (2014)
‘normalisation’, ‘pathology’, ‘sexuality’ and ‘queer theory’ in E. Mcloughlin and J. Muncie (eds) Sage Dictionary of Criminology (1,2 and 3e), Sage (2005)
‘Human Rights in the Age of Big Brother’ in Nic Groombridge (ed) Human Rights and Penal
Issues, Howard League (2001)
‘United Kingdom (Developed Nation-State)’ G. Barak (ed) Crime and Crime Control: A
Global View, Greenwood, Connecticut (1999)

Journal Articles

’A Modest Contribution: tattoos and ‘tatistics’, CRIMSOC4: Journal of Social Criminology, (2015)
‘Sport Criminology’, Journal of Social Criminology, (2011)
‘I’m Making a TV Programme Here!’ Can Reality TV’s Banged Up and Public Criminology?, with Prof David Wilson Howard Journal of Criminal Justice (2010)
‘Victims and Offenders in the Great Car Economy’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice (2008)
‘Stars of CCTV? How the Home Office wasted millions – a radical ‘Treasury/Audit Commission’ view’, Surveillance & Society, 5(1): 73-80 (2008)
‘Criminologists Say…: An Analysis of UK National Press Coverage of Criminology and Criminologists and a Contribution to the Debate on ‘Public Criminology’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, (2007)
‘Crime Control or Crime Culture TV’, Launch issue of Surveillance and Society (2002)
‘Perverse Criminologies: The Cabinet of Doctor Lombroso’, Social & Legal Studies, (1999)
‘Masculinities and Crimes Against the Environment’, Theoretical Criminology, (1998)
‘As Easy as AB and CCTV’, with Karim Murji Policing, (1994)


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2003
Member British Society of Criminology since 1990


Examining PhD University of Kent on Queer Criminology April – July 2016
External Examiner Birkbeck College, University of London July 2016 -
Examiner University of Winchester MA Criminology Oct 2015 –
External Examiner University of Gloucester Criminology UG and PG degrees Oct 2014 –
External Examiner BA Social Sciences (criminology modules) Glasgow Caledonian University Sept 2013 –
External Examiner MA Criminology programme Birmingham City University 2012 to 2015
External Examiner MA Criminal Justice Programme Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent 2011
External Examiner Applied Criminology Degree Programme Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent 2008/9 – 2013
External Examiner Police and Society Degree Programme Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent 2008/9 – 2013
Examined PhD thesis September 2008 at Birmingham City University on Wildlife Crime
External examiner for the criminal justice process element of Birkbeck College Certificate in Criminology 2001-2007
Examined PhD thesis September 2006 at Oxford University in Crime and TV news
Examined Masters thesis and DPhil transfer at Oxford University in Crime and TV news
Examined PhD at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College in CCTV early 2004


2016 Chairing events for Museum of London Crime Museum
2016 Chairing event on Sexting and on Snooper’s Charter for Public Policy Exchange
2015 Chairing event on Victims and Criminal Justice for Public Policy Exchange
2015 Chairing event on CCTV and ANPR for Public Policy Exchange
2012 Chairing event on CCTV for Public Policy Exchange
2011 Presenting/facilitating at launch of GLA’s Project Oracle at City Hall to over 100 CJS/
voluntary sector representatives 28 April 2011
2008 With Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (then King’s College London) on report for Criminal Justice Trade Unions and Professional Associations ‘Criminal Justice under Stress’ presented to MPs and Lords 8 Dec 2008
1997 – 1999 Consultant to the National Council for Social Concern


Areas of interest include but not confined to: media, gender, masculinities, CCTV, Car
Crime, Surveillance, criminal justice policy and politics, virtual criminology and video games, green criminology, queer criminology, cultural criminology, gothic criminology, tattoos and sport.

Areas of Expertise

Interview and discussion on Radio 5 live about rape and crime Statistics November 2014
Interviews with various media about depictions of ‘Dumb Criminals’ in Hollywood Blockbuster Pain and Gain December 2013
Live 5 minute discussion with other experts on BBC News about CCTV August 2013
Contribution to Channel 4 News item on weather and crime July 2013
Live interviews with Radios Oxfordshire and Berkshire about election for Police and Crime
Commissioners November 2012
Webinar on litter for Zilch 18 October 2012 (
Podcasting an introduction to the Howard Journal’s virtual editions (http://
Live discussion of riot sentencing with QC and ex-offender Sky News 13 August 2011
available at
Twenty minutes ‘as live’ interview with George Galloway for his programme ‘the Real Deal’ for Press TV on riots 12 August 2011 available at
Live one-to-one interview on riots Sky News 11 August 2011
Have had many contacts with journalists about CCTV over the last ten years giving
background (most recently BBC Hull April 2011)
Interviewed live on BBC Radio 5 Live about burglaries of footballers 4 March 2010
Interviewed live on BBC Radio Five Live Drivetime about cjs stress 8 December 2008
Pre-recorded interview Sky News and Sky Radio about cjs stress 7 December 2008
Interviewed about CCTV for SGR, Essex local radio Summer 2008
Interviewed about CCTV for Politics Show BBC1 10 February 2008
Interviewed for magazine Criminal Justice Now on broadcasting courts 2005
Kilroy on Restorative Justice 1998
Interview with World at One (BBC radio 4) on CCTV 1997



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