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Benjamin Archer

Benjamin Archer LLB (Hons) AFHEA

Lecturer in Law


I am a Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. In this role, I deliver seminars and workshops across a number of modules across the LLB Law course, teaching and providing support to students during their studies. For my teaching, I have been recognised by gaining an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) qualification.





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 (SIPS) and Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) joint-funded PhD. My PhD research examines the introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), a measure used to tackle anti-social behaviour. I also have experience researching the use and management of public spaces and greenspaces, in collaboration with partners such as Sheffield City Council.

I began teaching on the LLB Law and Law with Criminology course in November 2019 and was recognised for my contributions to teaching by being awarded an AFHEA qualification in June 2020.

I currently teach on the following modules:
• Trusts and Equitable Wrongs (including the Administration of Estates) (Level 5)
• Land, Property Law and Practice (Level 5/6)

My teaching experience builds upon over five years’ experience within various marketing and recruiting roles within the Department of Law and Criminology.

Outside of teaching, my research interests lie in anti-social behaviour and the management of public spaces. I have been published by Urban Studies and by research institutes such as SIPS and University Alliance. In addition, I am a proofing assistant for the British Journal of Community Justice, based at Manchester Metropolitan University and LGBTQ+ representative for DTA.

I am part of the ‘Creating thriving highstreets following Covid-19’ research team, which is establishing a research network of academics and practitioners from across the United Kingdom. Further, I am the lead organiser for the SIPS postgraduate research showcase and poster competition, which is sponsored by organisations such as Emerald Publishing, Policy Press and Oxford University Press.






Department Of Law and Criminology




Trusts and Equitable Wrongs (including the Administration of Estates) (Level 5)

Land, Property Law and Practice (Level 5/6)




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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