Benjamin Archer

Benjamin Archer LLB (Hons) AFHEA

Lecturer in Law


I am a Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law and Criminology, teaching across both the LLB Law and LLB Law with Criminology courses. I am also an early career researcher, specialising in anti-social behaviour and public space management.





I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 as an undergraduate LLB Law student and, after graduating in 2018, began a Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies and Doctoral Training Alliance joint-funded PhD. I began teaching in November 2019 and received recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in June 2020. I have taught across numerous modules but currently focus on teaching Land, Property Law and Practice, and Trusts and Equitable Wrongs (Including the Administration of Estates).

In addition to teaching, I am also an early career researcher. My PhD focused on the implementation of spatial anti-social behaviour tools by local authorities and the police. I have presented my findings at several academic conferences and was invited by South Yorkshire Police to discuss my work at their anti-social behaviour symposium. Additionally, I am part of the High Streets Research Network team, and have been published by Urban Studies, the British Journal of Community Justice, and University Alliance.





Department Of Law and Criminology


LLB (Hons) Law
LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology


Land, Property Law and Practice (Level 5/6)
Trusts and Equitable Wrongs (Including the Administration of Estates) (Level 5)



  • Examining public perceptions on greenspaces before and after Covid-19 – in collaboration with Sheffield City Council.
  • Creating thriving highstreets following Covid-19 - in collaboration with colleagues from CRESR and NBE
  • Examining the introduction and implementation of Public Spaces Protection Orders – advised by Liberty.







Journal articles

Archer, B., & Anton, R. (2022). Co-productive approaches to homelessness in England and Wales beyond the vagrancy act 1824 and public spaces protection orders. British Journal of Community Justice, 18 (1), 4-20.

Archer, B. (2021). Book review: Urban regeneration in the UK. Urban Studies, 58 (9), 1959-1961.

Internet Publications

Archer, B. (2023). Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies postgraduate research poster showcase celebrates its return to an in-person event!

Archer, B., & Dickinson, J. (2021). How poster competitions can support postgraduates.

Archer, B., Walton, S., Sconce, E., Haid, D., & Cross, C. (2021). SIPS postgraduate research poster showcase celebrates its 5th year!

Archer, B. (2021). Developing a LGBTQ+ network for Postgraduate Researchers in higher education.

Archer, B. (2020). Exploring the effect of Covid-19 on the future of Sheffield’s greenspaces.

Archer, B., Dickinson, J., Cross, C., & Haid, D. (2020). SIPS Postgraduate Research Poster Competition now in its fourth year!

Archer, B., Dickinson, J., Heap, V., & Black, A. (2020). Covid-19: Blurred Spatial Boundaries.

Archer, B. (2018). Employing students as researchers: A student’s perspective.

Other publications

Heap, V., Grace, J., Black, A., Dickinson, J., & Archer, B. (2020). Is there a need to review the wording and application of guidance and legislation on Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO's)? Joint Committee on Human Rights:

Other activities

Proofing assistant, British Journal of Community Justice - Manchester Metropolitan University

LGBTQ+ representative - Doctoral Training Alliance





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