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Joanna Large

01642 384050
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
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Social Sciences, Business & Law research

About Joanna Large

Jo Large (MA Criminology and PhD, Leeds University) is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology. Prior to joining Teesside University in 2013, Jo was a Lecturer in Criminology for the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Jo also spent time working for the Welsh Government as a Senior Research Officer.

At Teesside University, Jo teaches on the core research methods modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Department for Criminology, Law and Policing. Jo also teaches a third year option module called 'Leisure, Pleasure & Harm' which explores the idea of deviant leisure. This module is closely informed by Jo's research interests and uses experiential learning techniques and student led learning. Jo is also one of the tutors on the Teesside University and HMP Holme House 'Inside Out Prison Exchange Program'. On this third year criminology and sociology module, we take a group of Teesside University 'Outside' students to study alongside 'Inside' students who are serving sentences within HMP Holme House. Here we facilitate a safe, equal and passionate learning environment where students discuss and debate local and global criminological and sociological issues.

Outside of university, Jo is a keen travel and mountain enthusiast and more recently has combined this passion with research on charity and volunteer tourism. Jo is also a Director of Hartlepower Community Interest Company - a social enterprise which is primarily dedicated to the provision of renewable energy schemes in the local area which provide direct community benefit.

Research interests

Jo's research interests primarily focus on the interconnections between leisure, consumption and harm. Within this perspective, Jo has two main focuses: research on counterfeit and illicit markets and the relationship between the illicit and licit economy. Jo is also interested in increasingly popular forms of tourism (volunteer and adventure based charity challenges) and exploring these from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Jo would welcome PhD research proposals in any of the above areas.

Current Research Projects:

Consumption and Sale of Second Hand Electrical Goods [Principal Investigator], funded by Electrical Safety First

Financial Aspects of the Trade in Counterfeit Products: An Exploratory Study - FINAC [co Investigator], funded by ESRC/AHRC Partnership for Conflict Crime & Security Research

In the Business of Counterfeit Fashion: Illicit Markets in the UK [Principal Investigator]

Narratives of Harm in Contemporary Tourism - A Pilot Study [Principal Investigator]

Completed Research Projects:

An Evaluation of the Women's Diversion Project [co Investigator], funded by Durham Constabulary

Charity Challenges: A Journey of a Lifetime [Principal Investigator]

Criminality, Consumption and the Counterfeiting of Fashion Goods [Principal Investigator], funded by Leeds University

Enterprise interests

Counterfeit goods

Consumer Goods

Community Based Energy/Fuel Poverty

Evaluation Research

Jo is currently leading on a research project for Electrical Safety First examining the sale and consumption of second hand electrical goods.


Large, J (2015) 'Get Real Don't Buy Fakes' Fashion Fakes and Flawed Policy - the problem with taking a consumer-responsibility approach to reducing the 'problem' of counterfeiting. Criminology and Criminal Justice Published online before print June 6, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1748895814538039

Wall, D.S and Large, J. (2010). ‘Jailhouse Frocks: Locating the Public Interest in Policing Intellectual Property Crime’. British Journal of Criminology. 50. (6) 1094-1116

Hadfield, P; Noga, H; Large, J; Jones, R. (2010). Alcohol Consumption, Pre-Loading, Late Night Refreshment and Transportation in the Camden Special Policy Areas: Report to the London Borough of Camden. July 2010. Leeds:

Large, J. (2009) ‘Consuming Counterfeits: Exploring assumptions about fashion counterfeiting’, Papers from the 2009 British Criminology Conference,

Large, J (2009). Review of the Potential Effects of Recession on Crime. Report for Safer Leeds. National Community Safety Network. February 2010.

View Joanna Large's Publications on TeesRep