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Dr James Banks PhD, PGCHE, MA, BA

Reader in Criminology


I am engaged in teaching, research and scholarly activity in the field of criminology.

  • About

    I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in criminology and a PhD completed at the Department of Law, University of Sheffield. I initially began teaching criminology at undergraduate level in 2004. I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2006, was appointed lecturer in 2007 and promoted to senior lecturer in 2010.

    My research interests current around crime, gambling and technology. I am currently working on my second book, Gambling, Crime and Society, which is to be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2016. I am also principal investigator on a British Academy/ Leverhulme funded project exploring the potential relationships between identity transition, offending and substance misuse through the desistance and recovery narratives of ex-military service participants engaging in recovery support services.

    Away from work, I am dad to twin boys, my household’s resident dog walker and a decidedly average footballer and fisherman.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Research

    • Communication and Computing Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Banks, J. (Forthcoming) ‘Radical Criminology and the Techno-Security-Capitalist-Complex’, In K. F. Steinmetz and M. R. Nobles (eds) Technocrime and Deviance: A Theoretical Primer. London: CRC Press.

    Banks, J. and Dönmez, C. (2014) ‘Siberalemde Nefret Soylemleri Konusunda Avrupa Duzenlemeleri: Yasal Düzenlemenin Sinirlari’ ceviren Celalettin Donmez’, Küresel Bakış Çeviri Hukuk Dergisi, 13: 33-48. Turkish translation of 'European Regulation of Cross-Border Hate Speech in Cyberspace: The Limits of Legislation'.

    Banks, J. (2008) 'The Criminalisation of Asylum Seekers and Asylum Policy', Prison Service Journal, 175: 43-49.

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