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Mark Horsley

About Mark Horsley

Mark Horsley joined the School of Social Science, Business and Law in January 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology. He is an early career researcher with a growing profile that spans both disciplines around general interests in social theory, the debt/finance industries and legal/illegal moneylending. His recent book on British debt markets, titled The Dark Side of Prosperity: Late Capitalism’s Culture of Indebtedness (Ashgate, 2015), has been hailed as an ‘outstanding contribution… destined to become the standard text against which all other sociological accounts of the debt industry will be measured’.

Mark grew up near Carlisle but moved to the North East in 2003 to study for an undergraduate degree in criminology. After graduating in 2006 with first class honours, he completed an MA in Criminology and Politics the following year. Whilst working toward his PhD he has since taught at a number of institutions around the United Kingdom, including the universities of York, Sunderland, Northumbria, Leeds Beckett, West of Scotland, West of England and Cumbria. Mark has also worked in private sector market research and as an educational support mentor.

At Teesside, Mark currently teaches across the criminology and sociology undergraduate programmes with an emphasis on the more conceptual side of the social sciences. He is also the course leader for the MSc Criminology programme and welcomes contact from prospective students interested in pursuing such a taught postgraduate qualification.

Research interests and activities

Mark Horsley is a relatively new addition to the Social Futures Institute and the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology. He has a growing research profile developing out of his PhD studies, which he completed in June 2013. In the years since he has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, contributed to academic conferences and, most recently, published a research monograph titled The Dark Side of Prosperity, which offers a critical analysis of consumer credit markets and the growth of outstanding debt since the mid-nineties and in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.

Mark’s research interests generally cut across disciplinary boundaries drawing on ideas and empirical evidence from the full breadth of the social sciences. He is currently in the early stages of research on the post-graduation impact of consumer debt and the nature and distribution of illegal moneylending/loansharking. In addition to this more empirical work, however, he is also actively pursuing the conceptual development of the social sciences through greater analytical use of some of the newest schools of continental philosophy, particularly transcendental materialism and speculative realism.

With this in mind Mark would be more than happy to discuss ideas with prospective PhD students in the following areas (please note that this list is not exclusive and students should feel free to get in touch with their own ideas):

·  Debt Markets and Consumer Culture
·  Social Exclusion and Economic/Political Inequalities
·  Legal and/or Illegal Moneylending
·  Critical Analyses of Debt/Finance Industries
·  Social and/or Criminological Theory
·  New Ideas in Criminology and Sociology
·  Subjectivity and Ideology

Enterprise interest and activities


Horsley, M., Justin Kotze & Steve Hall (2015) ‘The Maintenance of Orderly Disorder: Modernity, Markets and the Pseudo-Pacification Process’ Journal on European History of Law 6 (1) pp. 18-29

Horsley, M (2015) The Dark Side of Prosperity: Late Capitalism’s Culture of Indebtedness Farnham: Ashgate

Horsley, M (2014) ‘Censure and Motivation: Rebalancing Criminological Theory’ CrimeTalk [Online] Available at:

Horsley, M (2014) ‘The ‘Death of Deviance’ and the Stagnation of Twentieth Century Criminology’ in Michael Dellwing, Joe Kotarba and Nathan Pino (Eds) The Death and Resurrection of Deviance: Current Research and Ideas New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan

Horsley, M (2013) ‘Relativizing Universality: Sociological Reactions to Liberal Universalism’ International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory 6 (4) pp. 114-127 

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