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Dr Christopher Hamerton LLB, MA, BCL(Oxon), PhD (Soton), FRAI, Barrister

Lecturer in Criminology, Exams Officer, Deputy Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research

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Dr Christopher Hamerton is a Lecturer in Criminology (Assistant Professor) in the School of Social, Economic and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton and Deputy Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research.


I read Law at the University of Southampton and Brasenose College, Oxford, before qualifying as a Barrister (Middle Temple).  A passion for historical study saw me return to Southampton to complete a PhD in History which examined crime, deviance, and the social discovery of moral panic in eighteenth century London.  An interdisciplinary and comparative scholar, I specialise in historical and theoretical criminology with an emphasis on the development of public policy, the criminal justice process, and the attainment of civil liberties and human rights.  I have particular interest in episodes of social change and conflict, state and organisational deviance, and the impact of technology on crime, punishment, and victimisation.  Prior to joining Southampton I held Senior Lectureships at two London universities, the latter as Director of Legal Studies in the Departmental Research Centre and initiating Course Leader of a postgraduate programme in Cybercrime and Regulation, the first of its kind in the UK. 

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Research interests

I am in the process of extending and editing my doctoral research for publication as a monograph whilst completing two jointly authored books for release in 2018/19 with Routledge / Taylor & Francis.  The first of these Privatisation in Criminal Justice with Suzanne Hobbs (UK Home Office), explores the historical, social, and political context of private ownership within the criminal justice sector, whilst the second, International Perspectives on Child Victimisation with Professor Julia Davidson (UEL), examines the historical development and contemporary focus on the status and legal rights of children.  Privatisation in Criminal Justice is a companion text to The Making of Criminal Justice Policy (also with Suzanne Hobbs), which was published by Routledge in 2014, a book which connects criminal justice policy to the wider study of British government, criminal and administrative law, and politics.  

Additionally, I am currently working with Professor Petter Gottschalk (BI, Oslo) researching cybercrime futures and in close collaboration with Dr Mark Ramsden of the University of Cambridge (where I will be a Visiting Academic in 2019), exploring contemporary concepts of public cohesion / strain, moral panic, and legal dualism in the wake of the UK EU Membership Referendum of 2016.  I also belong to several professional networks and in addition to membership of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and the Royal Historical Society, my affiliations include the Selden Society, the International Bar Association, and Fellowship of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 

I welcome enquiries about potential PhD supervision, particularly in the areas of Crime and Socio-Legal Histories, Cybercrime / Technological Change / Conflict, Comparative Crime Policy / Process, and Crimes of the Powerful. 

Research group
Institute of Criminal Justice Research, Deputy Director


Deputy Director, Institute of Criminal Justice Research

Departmental Examinations Officer

External Examiner, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

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I currently convene the following modules:
CRIM1004 Criminal Justice Studies
CRIM2001 Perspectives in Criminology
CRIM3014 The Deserving and Undeserving: Victims and Scroungers in Criminology and Social Policy

And in addition, contribute to:
CRIM1003 Introduction to Criminology
CRIM2002 Crime and Criminal Justice: Historical Perspective
CRIM2006 Criminology: Policy & Practice
CRIM6001 Criminal Justice
SOCI2020 Qualitative Research: Foundations, Principles and Skills

Dr Christopher Hamerton
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 58/4077

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