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Dr Darren Thiel

Staff positionSenior Lecturer
Telephone01206 872638

Before coming to Essex, Darren worked in a number of different occupations including the agricultural, construction, service and military sectors. After completing his PhD in 2006 he  worked as a researcher at the Home Office and the Police Foundation, and taught sociology at the University of East Anglia.


BSc, MSc, PhD (LSE)

Current research
I am interested and have undertaken research in many areas of sociology including: work, employment and economy; class and social stratification; migration; terrorism; policing and governance. I am currently involved in a project looking at the experiences of families of homicide victims where no suspect has been convicted, and another investigating the impacts of welfare reform in Essex. I am interested in supervising research students in any of these areas.
Research interests
  • Social class and stratification;
  • economic sociology;
  • migration, globalisation and governance;
  • globalisation and policing;
  • policing terrorism;
  • the criminal justice system.
Teaching responsibilities

Module convenor: SC304 Globalisation and Crime; SC655 Current Controversies in Crime and Criminal Justice Policy; Module co-convenor (with Dr. Pete Fussey): SC104: Introduction to Crime, Law and Society; Lecturer: SC335 Policing and Society; and SC557: Critical Perspectives on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism.


Thiel, D. (2012) Builders: Class, Gender and Ethnicity in the Construction Industry. London: Routledge.
Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Fussey, P., Hobbs, D., South, N., Thiel, D., and Turton, J. (forthcoming 2014; 3rd Edition) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction. Routledge: London.
Journal Articles:
Thiel, D. (2013) ‘Builders, Bodies, and Bifurcations: How London Construction Workers “Learn to Labour”, Ethnography 14(4):412-430.
Thiel, D. (2010) ‘Contacts and Contracts: Economic Embeddedness and Ethnic Stratification in London’s Construction Market’, Ethnography 11(3): 443-471.
Thiel, D. (2007) 'Class in Construction: London Building Workers, Dirty Work and Physical Cultures', British Journal of Sociology 58(2):227-251. (Reprinted in R. Hobbs (ed. 2011) Ethnography in Context. Sage).
Book chapters:
Thiel, D. (forthcoming 2014) 'Criminal Ignorance' in M. Gross and L. McGoey (eds) International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. Routledge.
Thiel, D. (2012) 'Ethnography and Flux: Identity and Epistemology in Construction Fieldwork', in S. Pink, A. Dainty and D. Tutt (eds) Ethnographic Research in The Construction Industry. Routledge.
Innes, M. and Thiel, D. (2008) 'Policing Terror', in T. Newburn (ed) The Handbook of Policing, Second edition. Cullompton: Willan.
Thiel, D. (2013) Double Injustice, Double Trauma: The Effects of Acquittal of Offenders upon the Families' of Victims of Homicide (Published on the Social Science Research Network: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2364398)
Thiel, D. and Gillan, K. (2010) ‘Factors affecting participation in assisted voluntary return programmes and successful reintegration: a review of the evidence’, Home Office Research Report 29.
Bryan, R., Cocke, B., Gillan, K. and Thiel, D. (2010) ‘The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) 2004 and 2004 extension: monitoring report’, Home Office Research Report 30. 
Stoneman, P. and Thiel, D. (2010) NEET in Essex: A Review of the Evidence (report produced for Essex County Council)
Thiel, D. (2009) Policing Terrorism: A Review of the Evidence. London: The Police Foundation.

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