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Professor Pete Fussey

Staff positionProfessor of Sociology & Research Impact Director
Telephone2748 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)

Pete is a criminologist specializing in a number of areas including surveillance and society, digital sociology, critical security studies, critical studies of resilience, major-event security, human trafficking and urban sociology. He has published extensively in all these areas, was recently elected a director of the Surveillance Studies Network and, during 2015, was part of a small team of co-investigators awarded an ESRC Large Grant on Human Rights and Information Technology in the Era of Big Data. He has also recently concluded working on two large-scale ESRC and EPSRC funded research projects analysing counter-terrorism in the UK’s crowded spaces and, separately, future urbanism and resilience towards 2050. His other work focuses on organised crime in the EU with particular reference to human trafficking for criminal exploitation (monograph published by Routledge 2017). Other books include Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City (Ashgate) and Terrorism and the Olympics (Routledge). In other work, he has also co-authored one of the UK's best selling criminology textbooks (Criminology: A Sociological Introduction) with a team of colleagues from the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.

Pete joined the Sociology department in September 2010 after eight years at the University of East London as Senior Lecturer and Leader of the Criminology and Criminal Justice programme. During this time he taught on a range of criminological themes and also co-developed England’s first MSc in Terrorism Studies.

Prior to that he completed a PhD analysing the dissemination of surveillance strategies in the UK. A regular commentator in national and international media, Professor Fussey has also worked with and advised central and regional governments in the UK, Europe and Asia on a number of issues including the regulation of surveillance, public order policing and the security and social implications of urban mega-events.

Google Scholar profile


PhD in Criminology (2005)

MA Criminology (1998)

BA (Hons) History & History of Art (1996)

Current research

Surveillance and society: Pete is a director of the Surveillance Studies Network a global network of cricial surveillance scholars that also administers the journal Surveillance and Society. He has spent a number of years examining theoretical and practical issues relating to the dissemination, application and impact of surveillance measures to counter crime and terrorism. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, appeared on television, published work and written a doctoral thesis on the subject. Professor Fussey is also part of a small team of co-investigators working on the the major five-year ESRC project Human Rights and Information Technology in the Era of Big Data (c.£5m)

Security and major sporting events: ongoing work yielding an edited collection (‘Terrorism and the Olympics’) and joint monograph (‘Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City’) (see below). This analyses the form and impact of Olympic (and other mega-event) security operations with particular reference to London 2012.

Resilient Futures: part of £1.7m ESRC & EPSRC research project (see below). The future resilience and UK energy and transport infrastructures and the social impacts of infrastructure failure and climate change.

Terrorism and public spaces: part of £1.2m EPSRC research project (see below). This research stream covers a number of areas ranging from the commission of terrorist acts to the form and impact of counter-terrorism measures.

Crossing Borders: Migration, the informal and organised criminal economies in East London. Over the last 2 years he has been conducting qualitative research investigating how migrants from East Europe and the Former Soviet Union operate within the second economy and criminal networks in East London. He is also developing a related project researching the dynamics of, and responses to, child trafficking into London.

Current/Recent Research Funding:

ESRC Large Grant Scheme: Human Rights and Information Technology in the Era of Big Data, (October) 2015-2020 (c.£5m) 

ESRC & EPSRC EP/I005943/1 Resilient Futures, 2010-2013 ( (£1.7m)

EPSRC EP/HO230LX/1 Terrorism and Crowded Places: Shades of Grey, 2010-2013 (£1.2m)

STFC Global Challenge Exploration Award: Data Analytics and Future Urbanism Workshop (March 2015)

EC COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action IS0807 Living in Surveillance Societies (LISS) 2009-2013

EC COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action TU1203 Crime Prevention through Urban Design and Planning 2013-2015

Professor Fussey also serves on the expert advisory panels for a number of large-scale European Commission funded projects researching human trafficking, urban security and resilience issues. 

Research interests
  • Surveillance and society
  • Digital Sociology
  • Security and the city
  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Urban sociology
  • Resilience and climate change
  • Informal and criminal economies
  • Human trafficking

Pete is interested in supervising PhDs in any of these areas.

Teaching responsibilities

Office hr: Weds 12:30-1:30

SC557 - Critical Issues in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

SC555 - Formative Debates in Criminology

SC335 - Policing and Society

SC205 - Punishment, Justice and Modernity

Current PhD Supervision

Amy Stevens: Digital Activitism and the Investigatory Powers Act

Falko Ernst: The Behaviour of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (co sup. with Dick Hobbs)

Juan Carlos Ruiz: Violence in Santiago de Chile (co sup. with Andrew Canessa)

Kofi Addo: Police Corruption in West Africa (co sup. with Darren Thiel)

Daniela Boraschi: Evidence-based Medicine (co sup. with Linsey McGoey)

Julian Dixon: Policing and Security in London

Emma Milne: Infanticide (co sup. with Jackie Turton)

Eleana Nikiforidou: Kidnapping in Greece



Fussey, P. and Rawlinson, P. (2017) Child Trafficking in the EU: Policing and Protecting Europe’s Most Vulnerable, London: Routledge

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Fussey, P., Hobbs, D., South, N., Thiel, D., and Turton, J. (2014) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, London: Routledge

Crowther-Dowey, C., and Fussey, P. (2013) Researching Crime: Approaches, Method and Application, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Fussey, P., Coaffee, J., Armstrong, G., and Hobbs, D. (2011) Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City: Reconfiguring London for 2012 and beyond, Aldershot: Ashgate

Richards, A., Fussey, P. and Silke, A. (eds.) (2010) Terrorism and the Olympics, London: Routledge

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Academic Journals
Maguire, M., and Fussey, P. (2016) 'Sensing Evil: Counterterrorism, Techno-science and the Cultural Reproduction of Security', Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, vol. 75: 31-44 

Sage, D., Fussey, P., and Dainty, A. (2015) 'Securing and Scaling Resilient Futures: Neoliberalization, Infrastructure and Topologies of Power', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 33(3): 494-511

Coaffee, J., and Fussey, P. (2015) ‘Constructing Resilience Through Security and Surveillance: The Practices and Tensions of Security-driven Resilience’, Security Dialogue, vol. 46(1): 86-105

Fussey, P. (2014) ‘Command, Control and Contestation: negotiating security at the London 2012 Olympics’, The Geographical Journal, advance publication DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12058

Fussey, P. and Klauser, F. (2014) 'Securitization and the mega-event', The Geographical Journal, advance publication DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12101

Boykoff, J., and Fussey, P. (2014) ‘London’s Shadow Legacies: Security and Activism at the 2012 Olympics’, in Contemporary Social Science, vol 9(2): 253-270

Sage, D., Dainty, A., Fussey, P., Sircar, I., and Goodier, C. (2014) “Understanding and Enhancing Future Infrastructure Resiliency: A Socio-Ecological Approach,” Disasters, vol. 39(3): 407-426

Fussey, P. (2013) ‘Contested Topologies of UK Counter-Terrorist Surveillance: The Rise and Fall of Project Champion’ Critical Studies on Terrorism. vol 6(3): 351-370

Fussey, P. (2013) 'Eternal Return? Social Science Perspectives of 'Upstream' Terrorist Activities', Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Vol. 28(2): 102-114

Sircar, I., Sage, D., Goodier, C., Fussey, P., and Dainty, A. (2013) Constructing Resilient Futures: Integrating UK multi-stakeholder transport and energy resilience for 2050, Futures Vol. 49(1): 49-63 (open access: available here)

Fussey, P., Coaffee, J., Armstrong, G., and Hobbs, D. (2012) 'The Regeneration Games: Purity and Security in the Olympic City'', British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 63(2): 260-284

Fussey, P. (2012) 'Eastern Promise: East London Transformations and the State of Surveillance', Information Polity, vol.17(1): 21-34

Fussey, P. and Coaffee, J. (2012) 'Balancing local and global security leitmotifs: Counter- terrorism and the spectacle of sporting mega-events', International Review of the Sociology of Sport, vol. 47(3): 268-285

Coaffee, J., Fussey, P., and Moore, C. (2011) ‘Laminating security for London 2012: Enhancing security infrastructures to defend mega sporting events’, Urban Studies vol. 48(15): 3311-3327

Fussey, P., and Galdon Clavell, G. (2011) 'Mega-Events and the City: Towards new frontiers/Por novas fronteiras nos estudos sobre a cidade e os megaeventos', URBE (Brazilian Journal of Urban Management), Vol. 3(2): 149-163

Coaffee, J., and Fussey, P. (2011) 'Resilient Planning for Sporting Mega Events/Planejamento resiliente para megaeventos esportivos: planejando e gerindo lugares seguros para Londres 2012 e além', URBE (Brazilian Journal of Urban Management), vol. 3(2): 165: 177

Fussey, P. (2011) ‘An economy of choice? Terrorist decision-making and criminological rational choice theories reconsidered’, Security Journal vol. 24(1): 85-99

Fussey, P. (2008) ‘Beyond Liberty, Beyond Security: The Politics of Public Surveillance’, in British Politics, Vol. 3(1) pp. 120-135

Fussey, P. (2007) ‘Observing Potentiality in the Global City: Surveillance and Counterterrorism in London’, in International Criminal Justice Review, vol.17(3) pp.171-192

Fussey, P. (2007) ‘An interrupted transmission? Processes of CCTV implementation and the impact of human agency’, in Surveillance and Society, vol. 4(3) pp.229-256

Fussey, P. (2004) 'New Labour and New Surveillance: Theoretical and Political Ramifications of CCTV Implementation in the UK ', in Surveillance and Society 2(2/3) pp. 251-269

Book Chapters

Fussey, P., and Coaffee, J. (2017) 'Hollow Sovereignty and the Hollow Crown? Contested governance and the Olympic security edifice', in P. Cohen and P. Watt (eds) A Hollow Crown? London after the Olympics

Coaffee, J. and Fussey, P. (2016) 'The Politics of Security-Driven Resilience', Routledge International Handbook of Resilience, London: Routledge

Fussey, P. (2014) "Understanding terrorism through criminology?" in A. Stedmon, G. Lawson and R. Saikayasit (eds) Counter-Terrorism and Hostile Intent: Human Factors Theory and Application, Aldershot: Ashghate

Fussey, P. and South, N. (2012) "Heading toward a new criminogenic climate: climate change, political economy and environmental security", in R. White (ed.) Climate Change, Crime and Criminology, Springer (in press)

Coaffee, J., and Fussey, P. (2012) "Securing the Games", in V. Girginov (ed.) Routledge Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, London: Routledge

Fussey, P. and Coaffee, J. (2012) 'Urban Spaces of Surveillance', in D. Lyon, K. Haggerty and K. Ball (eds) Routledge International Handbook of Surveillance Studies, London: Routledge

Fussey, P. (2012) 'Eastern Promise: East London Transformations and the State of Surveillance', in C. W. R. Webster, E. Töpfer, F. Klauser, and C. Raab (eds) Video Surveillance: Practices and Policies in Europe, Amsterdam: IOS Press

Fussey, P., and Coaffee, J. (2011) ‘Olympic Rings of Steel: Constructing security for 2012 and beyond’, in K. Haggerty and C. Bennett (eds.) The Security Games, London Routledge

Coaffee, J. and Fussey, P. (2010) ‘Olympic Security’, in J. Gold and M. Gold (eds.) Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 to 2016, 2nd Edition, London: Routledge

Fussey, P. (2010) ‘Protecting Britain’s Crowded Spaces from Terrorist Attacks: Key criminological reflections’, in A. Silke (ed.) Psychology, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, London: Routledge

Fussey, P. (2010) ‘The Role of Surveillance in Securing Major Events’, in Richards et al. (ed.) Terrorism and the Olympics: Lessons for 2012 and beyond, London: Routledge

Fussey, P. (2010) ‘Terrorist threats to the Olympics 1972-2016’, in Richards et al. (ed.) Terrorism and the Olympics: Lessons for 2012 and beyond, London: Routledge

Richards, A., Fussey, P. and Silke, A. (2010) ‘Introduction: Analysing terrorism and the Olympics’, in Richards et al. (ed.) Terrorism and the Olympics: Lessons for 2012 and beyond, London: Routledge

Fussey, P., Silke, A,. and Richards, A. (2010) ‘Critical Reflections on the Secure Olympiad: Conclusions and ways forward’, in Richards et al. (ed.) Terrorism and the Olympics: Lessons for 2012 and beyond, London: Routledge


Contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of Sociology (ed. John Scott)

Fussey, P. (2015) 'After Paris, it’s traditional detective work that will keep us safe, not mass surveillance', in The Conversation, 19 November, available from

Fussey, P. (2012) '(In)Security and the Reordered Olympic City', in Criminal Justice Matters, vol. 88

Fussey, P. (2011) ‘Book Review: Surveillance and Democracy by K. Haggerty and M. Samatas’, in Surveillance and Society, Vol. 8(4).

Fussey, P., and Rawlinson, P. (2010) ‘Crossing Borders: Migration and survival in the capital’s informal marketplace’, in Criminal Justice Matters vol. 79

Fussey, P. (2009) ‘Control in the Community: The spread of surveillance in the post-industrial city’ in Proceedings of the Political Studies Association Conference 2009

Fussey, P., and Richards, A. (2008) 'Researching and Understanding Terrorism: a role for criminology?' in Criminal Justice Matters vol.73

Fussey, P., Richards, A., and Silke, A. (2009) ‘Distinguishing and Extinguishing Crime and Terrorism’, in Metropolitan Life, Volume 6, Issue 5

Fussey, P. (2007) ‘Efficacia ed effettivita della TVCC: la lezione inglese/The Effectiveness and Efficiency of CCTV: Lessons from England’, in Essecome, December.

Fussey, P. (2006) ‘Book Review: State Crime By P. Green and T. Ward’, in Social & Legal Studies, Vol. 15(3).

Fussey, P. (2005) Installing CCTV: A Study of the Networks of Surveillance Policy, unpublished PhD thesis, Brunel University.

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