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Professor Ian Loader

University Academic Fellow since 2005
Professor of Criminology
I am currently working on a project – termed ‘A Better Politics of Crime’ - concerned with different dimensions of the relationship between crime control and democratic politics. The first strand of work on this project was brought together in a Public Criminology? (Routledge, 2011). The next key stage will be a monograph (co-authored with Richard Sparks) with the working title of Crime Control and Political Ideologies which is in the early stages of preparation. The project also includes a forthcoming co-edited volume on Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration (with Albert Dzur and Richard Sparks, Oxford UP) and a book on Justice and Penal Reform that arises from his involvement with the Howard League’s symposium on ‘What is Justice?’ (co-edited with Barry Goldson and Steve Farrall). I am also co-editing a Handbook of Global Policing.


  • University Academic Fellow, All Souls College (from 2005)
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Criminology, Keele University (from 1992 to 2005)
  • Lecturer in Criminology and Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh (from 1990 to 1992)
  • Postgraduate, University of Edinburgh (from 1987 to 1993)
  • Lecturer in Law, Liverpool Polytechnic (from 1986 to 1987)
  • Undergraduate, University of Sheffield (from 1983 to 1986)

Research interests

  • Policing and security
  • Penal culture and politics
  • Public sensibilities towards crime, order, and justice
  • The relationship between crime control and political culture and ideologies
  • Criminology and social and political theory


  • (with Neil Walker), Civilizing Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
  • (with Aogan Mulcahy), Policing and the Condition of England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
  • (jointly), Crime and Social Change in Middle England (London: Routledge, 2000).
  • Youth, Policing and Democracy (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996).
  • (jointly) Cautionary Tales (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Centre for Criminology, 1994).

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Member of the Council, Liberty (from 2008 to 2010)
  • Member, Commission on English Prisons Today (from 2007 to 2009)
  • Co-convener, with the Police Foundation, Oxford Policing Policy Forum
  • Trustee, Police Foundation (from 2007)
  • Editor of the British Journal of Criminology
  • Associate Editor of Theoretical Criminology
  • Member of the editorial boards of Policing and Society, and International Political Sociology
  • Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, Florence (2004)

Research awards and grants

  • £89,000 from The Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled ‘Shopping for Security: The Meanings and Effects of Security Consumption’ (from 2007 to 2009)

Teaching and Supervision

  • Criminological theory, policing and security
  • Crime, political ideologies and political culture
  • Graduate supervision offered in all areas of research listed