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Alexandra Hall

01642 342858
Job title:
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
Social Sciences, Business & Law research

About Alexandra Hall

Alexandra Hall

Alexandra Hall
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
T: 01642 342858
Research: Social Sciences, Business & Law research

Dr Alexandra Hall is a Senior Research Lecturer in Criminology. Her academic background is cross-disciplinary. She graduated with first-class honours in Politics in 2007, before completing an MA in Politics and International Political Economy at the University of Manchester in 2008. After a two year hiatus she returned to academia in 2010 as a fully-funded PhD student in Sociology at Northumbria University. She was awarded her PhD without corrections in 2014. Alex joined Teesside in 2013, spending two years as a Research Associate before taking up her current post in June 2015. 

Alex has taught across Sociology, Criminology and Politics programmes at Teesside, Northumbria and Leeds Beckett. Her work has been published in the British Journal of Criminology, European Journal of Criminology and the Journal of Financial Crime. Her first book, Fake Meds Online: the Internet and the Transnational Market in Illicit Pharmaceuticals, co-authored with Prof. Georgios A. Antonopoulos, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. She is currently Chair of the North East Branch of the British Society of Criminology and sits on the steering committee of the British Society of Criminology Critical Criminology Network.

Follow Alex on Twitter: @alexandra_hall3

Research interests

Alex is a critical criminologist with research interests spanning the social sciences. Her current work explores the intersections between crime, harm, political economy, consumer culture, technology and the body in late capitalism. She is particularly interested in the sociological and criminological implications of digital technologies and how they interact with broader politico-economic and cultural processes and structures to enable increased production, distribution and consumption of illicit goods around the globe. Ongoing research in the area includes an ethnographic study of the illicit enhancement drug market in a post-industrial urban space. 

Past projects have explored such wide-ranging themes as the methods and motivations of suppliers and consumers of counterfeit medicines online, techniques of financial management among cocaine traffickers and illicit tobacco traders, and the changing nature of the British Pakistani honour and shame complex. These have involved the use of integrated theoretical frameworks and innovative methods, including virtual ethnographies and qualitative research with active criminal entrepreneurs, law enforcement and health regulatory agencies.

Substantive areas of expertise include:

- Crime and the Global Political Economy 

- 'Organised Crime' and Illicit Markets (counterfeit goods, pharmaceutical, psychoactive, and performance and image enhancing drugs)

- Crime and Deviance Online

- Counterfeiting and Intellectual Property Crime

- Consumer Culture

- Critical Social and Cultural Theory (Bourdieu, Transnational Sociology, Intersectionality, the Frankfurt School)

- Migration and South Asian Diasporas

- Anthropological and ethnographic studies of honour and shame

- Critical IPE (Marxism, Neo-Gramscianism, Cultural Political Economy)

- Political Ideologies

- Qualitative and Online Research Methods (particularly ethnography)

Alex welcomes enquiries from potential PhD candidates in any of the areas above. 


Selected Publications:

Hall, A. and Antonopoulos, G.A. (forthcoming 2016) Fake Meds Online: The Internet and the Transnational Market in Illicit Pharmaceuticals. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hall, A. and Antonopoulos, G.A. (forthcoming 2016) '"Coke on Tick": Exploring the Cocaine Market in the UK through the Lens of Financial Management'. Journal of Financial Crime.

Antonopoulos, G.A. and Hall, A. (2016) 'Gain with no pain: Anabolic-androgenic steroids trafficking in the UK'. European Journal of Criminology. Online First. DOI: 10.1177/1477370816633261

Antonopoulos, G.A. and Hall, A. (2015) 'The Financial Management of the Illicit Tobacco Trade in the UK', British Journal of Criminology. Online First. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv062

Hall, A. and Antonopoulos, G.A. (2015) 'License to Pill: Illegal Entrepreneurs' Tactics in the Online Trade of Medicines'. In van Duyne, P.C., Maljevic, A., Antonopoulos, G.A., Harvey, J., and von Lampe, K. (eds.) The relativity of wrongdoing: Corruption, organised rime, fraud and money laundering in perspective. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers.

CSD [Antonopoulos, G.A., Di Nicola, A., Dzhekova, R., Hall, A., Levi, M., Rusev, A. and Terenghi, F.] (eds.) (2015) The Financing of Organised Crime. Sofia: Centre for the Study of Democracy.

Hall, A. (2014)''Honour' Crime', in Invisible Crimes and Social Harms. Davies, P., Francis, P., and Wyatt, T. (eds.) London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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