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Steve Hall

01642 384437
Job title:
Professor of Criminology
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
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Social Sciences, Business & Law research

About Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Steve Hall
Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
T: 01642 384437
Research: Social Sciences, Business & Law research

Steve Hall is Professor of Criminology in the Social Futures Institute and co-founder of the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology. Steve and his long-term writing partner Simon Winlow have been described as the 'most important criminologists working in Britain today'. His book Criminal Identities and Consumer Culture (Willan 2008, with Simon Winlow and Craig Ancrum) has been described as ‘an important landmark in criminology’ and his book Theorizing Crime and Deviance (Sage 2012) has been lauded as ‘a remarkable intellectual achievement’ that ‘rocks the foundations of the discipline’.

In the 1970s Steve worked as a professional musician and general labourer, and in the 1980s he worked in the field of rehabilitation and youth offending.

After graduating in 1991 with first class honours in sociology, he worked as a lecturer at Teesside from 1993, a member of the team that established the country’s first single-honours criminology degree. After spells as a senior research fellow at the University of Durham and a researcher and teacher at Northumbria University, he rejoined Teesside in 2010. 

Steve's recent books are Rethinking Social Exclusion (2013, with Simon Winlow) Riots and Political Protest (Routledge, 2015, with Simon Winlow, James Treadwell and Daniel Briggs) and Revitalizing Criminological Theory (Routledge, 2015, with Simon Winlow). New book: The Rise of the Right (Policy Press, 2016)

Research interests

Professor Hall was co-founder of the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology and co-director 2013-2015. TCRC members are currently managing a number of funded research projects.

Professor Hall has published widely in the fields of criminology, social theory, philosophy and history. His current research includes the establishment of firmer links between criminological theory, social theory and philosophy (especially the new philosophical framework of transcendental materialism); criminality, subjectivity and consumer culture; comparative homicide rates; violence and the pacification of populations; violence and masculinity in late modernity; and riots and post-politics. Together with his long-time research and writing partner Simon Winlow, also Professor of Criminology at the Social Futures Institute, Professor Hall has established a global reputation in these fields.

In the past he has co-directed ESRC funded research on violence, policing and the night-time economy, which examined the relationship between private and public security in a lucrative sector of the leisure market that was experiencing rapid growth. He has also directed a number of independent and collaborative research projects on criminological theory; violence and masculinity; criminality and consumer culture; and urban riots, all of which are ongoing. 

At the moment he is researching and writing in the areas of social exclusion, social unrest, the ‘pseudo-pacification’ of populations, the importation of the latest philosophical thinking on subjectivity and ideology into the field of criminological theory, and riots, post-politics and the rise of the far right.

Professor Hall has presented papers at a large number of conferences and seminars. He has delivered keynote speeches to the New Deviancy Conferences at the University of York in 2011 and Teesside in 2014. He has also been in involved in consultancy and directed contract research with various local, regional and national governmental bodies, including the Home Office, Westminster City Council, Government Office North-East, Safe Durham Partnership and Cleveland Fire Brigade .

Professor Hall would welcome applications from PhD candidates in the following broad areas (this list is not exclusive and he welcomes other ideas from candidates):

>crime and consumer culture
>crime and social exclusion
>riots and social unrest
>childhood and criminality
>criminological theory
>criminality, philosophy and subjectivity
>criminality and psychoanalysis
>comparative homicide rates
>violence and masculinity
>the pacification of populations
>the history of crime and criminality
>global crime

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Major works:
Winlow, S., Hall, S. and Treadwell, J. (2016) The Rise of the Right: The English Defence League and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics. Bristol: Policy Press

Hall, S. and Winlow, S. (2015) Revitalizing Criminological Theory: Towards a New Ultra-Realism. London: Routledge

Winlow, S., Hall, S., Treadwell, J. and Briggs, D. (2015) Riots and Political Protest. London: Sage

Winlow, S. and Hall, S. (2013) Rethinking Social Exclusion: The End of the Social? London: Sage

Hall, S and Winlow, S. (eds.) (2012) New Directions in Criminological Theory. London: Routledge

Hall, S. (2012) Theorizing Crime and Deviance: A New Perspective. London: Sage

Hall, S., Winlow, S. and Ancrum, C. (2008) Criminal Identities and Consumer Culture: Crime, exclusion and the new culture of narcissism. London: Willan/Routledge

Winlow, S. and Hall, S. (2006) Violent Night: Urban leisure and contemporary culture. Oxford: Berg

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In the news

  • Crime Statistics
    BBC Radio Tees, 22/01/2016
    Professor Steve Hall discusses the crime statistics in the North East.

  • Cyber offences on rise as total crimes double in a year
    Daily Telegraph, 16/10/2015; The Independent, 16/10/2015
    Professor Steve Hall, a criminologist at Teesside University, comments on the rising level of violence and cyber crime in England and Wales.

  • Twilights
    Northern Echo (North Edition), 04/01/2014, p.24
    Teesside University professor of criminology Steve Hall urges us to remember the victim of the Great Train Robbery and not the executor.

  • Great Train Robbery: Cops, robbers and true heroes
    Northern Echo (Web), 19/12/2013
    Professor Steve Hall is co-director of the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology at Teesside University. Here he argues that following the death of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, it is not he but

  • Cops, robbers and true heroes
    Northern Echo (North Edition), 19/12/2013, p.14
    Professor Steve Hall is co-director of the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology at Teesside University. Here he argues that following the death of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, it is not he but

  • Teesside academic interviewed
    BBC Radio 4, 30/11/2013
    Teesside University academic Steve Hall and criminology expert comments on the BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze programme.

  • Teesside University interview
    BBC Radio 4, The Moral Maze, 27/11/2013, 20:13:35, 5:1
    Professor Steve Hall talking about the role of police in society.

  • Criminology at Teesside
    Professional Security (Web), 19/09/2013
    Teesside’s new Centre for Realist Criminology launched on September 13 at Teesside University and featured realist criminologist Prof Elliott Currie from the University of California. Professors Simon

  • Getting to the root of the problem
    The Journal (Newcastle Upon Tyne), 16/09/2013
    A new centre at Teesside University has been set up to research how we think about crime and is expected to open a can of worms with its controversial approach to the subject.

  • Crime is changing
    BBC Radio Tees, Ali Brownlee, 13/09/2013
    Report from the launch of Teesside University's Centre for Realist Criminology.

  • Expect more rioting, say Teesside criminologists, concerned at growing public hostility
    Northern Echo (Web), 09/09/2013, Northern Echo (North Edition), 10/09/2013
    Academics from Teesside University's new Centre for Realist Criminology claim that many people are angry and feel their views are not represented within our "banal" political system and we should expe

  • Falling crime figures 'are misleading'
    The Observer, 25/08/2013, p.16; The Observer, 25/08/2013, p.18; (Web), 25/08/2013; Gulf News (Web), 26/08/2013
    Although data suggests crime figures have significantly declined in the last decade, two academics say life on Britain's streets is not as rosy as it is being painted. Professors Simon Winlow and Stev