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Professor Richard Hobbs

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On leaving school I worked as a labourer and briefly as a clerk, before going to night-school to study for O and A levels. I then trained as a schoolteacher and worked in London schools, before undertaking postgraduate work at the LSE and the University of Surrey. I worked at the Centre of Criminological Research at the University of Oxford for 3 years, and briefly at the Polytechnic of Central London. In 1990 I took a teaching post at Durham University, and held Chairs in both the Sociology and Law departments. I moved to the LSE in September 2005 as Professor of Sociology, and joined Essex University in January 2011 as Professor of Sociology and Director of the Essex Criminology Centre. 

  • BEd (Lancaster) 
  • MSc (LSE)
  • PhD (Surrey)
Current research

I am working on publications emerging from an ESRC funded project with Gary Armstrong, Richard Gulianotti and Gavin Hales, A Sociology of Policing and Police-Community Relations at the London 2012 Olympics.

I am also working on a 4 Volume edited collection "Critical Ethnography", for Sage.

I am working on a number of papers relating to organised crime, including one with David Downes on studies of youth, and one on the role of gossip within illegal markets.

I am working on a chapter looking at the role of theory in qualitative sociology

Research interests

  • urban ethnography.
  • working class entrepreneurship.
  • professional and organised crime.
  • violence.
  • the political economy of crime. 
  • the night-time economy.
  • the sociology of East London.

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Awards and Academic Prizes

1989                 Philip Abrams Prize: Awarded by the British Sociological Association for the best book published by a new author.

2003                 Radzinowicz Prize: Awarded by the British Journal of Criminology,  for Door                  Lore (BJC 2002).                                          

2007                 UCU Life Changer Award:  Awarded by the University and Colleges Union                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for  “changing people's lives through education”.

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