A student in the Department in the 1970s, he then studied for a PhD in the field of criminology at Middlesex. He has held teaching and research posts in London and New York, and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He serves on several editorial boards and is the European Editor of Critical Criminology. In 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology, Division on Critical Criminology and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. From January 2015 he has been the Director of the Centre for Criminology. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Open Road, the drug and alcohol services charity.
At the University of Essex, he has previously served as Director of the Health and Social Services Institute, Head of the Department of Health and Human Sciences, Director of Health Partnerships, and, between 2005 and 2013, as Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Law and Management, and Academic Partnerships.
Books: M. Hall (et al) (eds) (2016) Greening Criminology in the 21st Century, Routledge; A. Brisman, N. South and R. White (eds) (2015) Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues, Ashgate; A. Brisman and N. South (2014) Green Cultural Criminology: Constructions of Environmental Harm, Consumerism and Resistance to Ecocide, Routledge; E. Carrabine, P. Cox, P. Fussey, D. Hobbs, N. South, D. Thiel and J. Turton (2014) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction 3rd edition, Routledge; N.South and A. Brisman (eds) (2013) The Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology, Routledge; G. Mesko, N. South and R. White (eds) special issue on ‘Green Criminology’, Crime, Law and Social Change, 59, 3; 2010, V. Ruggiero and N. South (eds) 'Green Criminology' special issue of Critical Criminology; ; 2007, P. Beirne and N, South (eds) Issues in Green Criminology: Confronting Harms against Enviironments, Humanity and Other Animals, Willan; 2006, N. South and P. Beirne (eds) Green Criminology, Dartmouth; 2004, R. Coomber and N. South (eds) Drug Use and Cultural Contexts - Beyond the West, Free Association Books; 2002, E. Carrabine, P. Cox, M. Lee and N. South, Crime in Modern Britain, Oxford University Press; 1999, N. South (ed.) Drugs: Cultures, Controls and Everyday Life, Sage; V. Ruggiero, N. South and I. Taylor (eds) The New European Criminology, Routledge; 1998, P. Beirne and N. South (eds) For a Green Criminology, a special issue of Theoretical Criminology, Sage; 1998, R. Weiss and N. South (eds) Comparing Prison Systems, Gordon and Breach / Routledge; Earlier works include N. South, 1988, Policing for Profit, Sage; N. South and V. Ruggiero, 1995, Eurodrugs: Drug Use, Markets and Trafficking in Europe, UCL Press; N. Dorn, K Murji and N. South, 1992, Traffickers: Drug Markets and Law Enforcement, Routledge; and N. Dorn and N. South (eds.) 1997, A Land Fit for Heroin? Drug Policies, Prevention and Practice, Macmillan.
He has previously served on the editorial boards of Sociology, The International Journal of Drug Policy and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. He is European Editor of Critical Criminology, an Associate Editor of Deviant Behavior, and a member of the international editorial Board, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. He is an Adjunct Professor, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.