Dr Dimitris Akrivos

School of Law
Dr Dimitris Akrivos



Dr. Dimitris Akrivos joined the University of Essex as a Lecturer in Media Law in September 2019. His research interests lie mainly at the intersection between law, criminology and cultural studies with a particular focus on violent crime, sexual deviance and mental health (as well as their representations in news and fictional media). He is the lead editor of Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Dimitris completed his PhD in Criminology at City University London in 2015. He also holds an MA in Criminology (City University London), an MA in Crime Fiction (University of East Anglia) and a Degree in Law (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). He has previously lectured at Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Bedfordshire and London South Bank University. He was involved as a data researcher in the Reading the Riots project developed by The Guardian and the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • PhD in Criminology City, University London,

  • MA in Criminology City, University London,

  • MA in Crime Fiction University of East Anglia,

  • Degree in Law National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,


University of Essex

  • Criminal Justice cluster co-ordinator, University of Essex (1/9/2019 - 31/8/2020)

  • Academic Offences Officer, University of Essex (1/9/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • External Examiner, Social Sciences, University of Roehampton (1/10/2019 - present)

  • External Consultant, Open University (25/6/2018 - 26/6/2018)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Crime, media and criminal justice

Media ethics and regulation


Sociology of law

Sexual violence

Mental health and the criminal justice system

Communications and media law

Gender, sexualities and law

Conferences and presentations

Advertising standards and toxic masculinity as a social problem in the #MeToo era

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting 2019, Washington D.C., United States, 31/5/2019

Pushing back against the invisibility of the male rape victim in American Crime

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting 2018, Toronto, Canada, 9/6/2018

Killed by the Subhuman: Jane Longhurst's Murder and the Construction of the Extreme Pornography Problem in the British National Press

Invited presentation, Extreme Masculinities International Conference 2017, Vienna, Austria, 30/9/2017

Combatting sexual violence in university settings

British Society of Criminology conference 2017, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 6/7/2017

Died at 16, Buried 40 Years Later: The Press Construction of the Murder of Greek Celebrity Nikos Sergianopoulos

American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting 2015, Washington D.C., United States, 19/11/2015

Online memorialisation, suicide 'ghouls' and the inherently 'evil' World Wide Web

British Society of Criminology Conference 2012, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 5/7/2012

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Media Law (LT133)

  • Advanced Media Law and Ethics (LT237)

  • Comparative Media Law and Regulation (LT431)

  • Criminology (LW354)


Journal articles (3)

Antoniou, A. and Akrivos, D., (2020). Gender portrayals in advertising: stereotypes, inclusive marketing and regulation. The Journal of Media Law. 12 (1), 78-115

Antoniou, AK. and Akrivos, D., (2017). Indecent images and defamatory meaning in late modern societies: taking ordinary, reasonable readers outside their ivory tower. Journal of Media Law. 9 (2), 155-172

Antoniou, AK. and Akrivos, D., (2016). Hulk Hogan and the demise of Gawker Media: wrestling with problems of celebrity voyeurism, newsworthiness and tabloidisation. Journal of Media Law. 8 (2), 153-172

Books (2)

Antoniou, A. and Akrivos, D., (2019). Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. 978-3-030-04911-9

Antoniou, AK. and Akrivos, D., (2017). The Rise of Extreme Porn Legal and Criminological Perspectives on Extreme Pornography in England and Wales. Palgrave MacMillan. 3319489712. 9783319489711

Book chapters (1)

Akrivos, D., (2019). A Televised Social Problem Construction? Pushing Back Against the Invisibility of the Male Rape Victim in American Crime. In: Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Editors: Antoniou, A. and Akrivos, D., . Springer. 978-3-030-04911-9

Other (3)

Akrivos, D., (2021).‘Old-fashioned alpha males’ against ‘professional homosexuals’: media justice and discriminatory reporting in the wake of the Greek #MeToo movement,The International Forum for Responsible Media (INFORRM)

Antoniou, A. and Akrivos, D., (2021).The new advertising rule tackling harmful gender stereotypes: two years on,The International Forum for Responsible Media

Antoniou, A. and Akrivos, D., (2020).The defamation ‘Drag Race’ against Laurence Fox,International Forum for Responsible Media Blog

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