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Dr Darren Thiel

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Darren Thiel
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872638

  • Location

    5A.308, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Mondays 10-11

Profile

Biography

Darren studied sociology at the London School of Economics, completing his PhD there in 2006, which was awarded the Robert McKenzie prize for outstandingacademic performance. His book, Builders, based on his PhD thesis was a finalist in the British Sociological Association's 2013 Philip Abrams memorial prize for the best first sole-authored book in sociology. Following his PhD studies, Darren worked as researcher at the Home Office and at the Police Foundation, before taking up his post at the University of Essex.

Qualifications

  • BSc

  • MSc

  • PhD (LSE)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Social class and stratification

Open to supervise

economic sociology

Open to supervise

migration, globalisation and governance

Open to supervise

globalisation and policing

Open to supervise

policing terrorism

Open to supervise

the criminal justice system

Open to supervise

social policy

Open to supervise

Current research

Darren is interested and has undertaken research in many areas of sociology including: work, employment and economy; class and social stratification; migration; terrorism; policing and governance.

He has recently been 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. He is interested in supervising research students in any of these areas.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Globalisation and Crime (SC304)

  • Critical Perspectives on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (SC557)

Previous supervision

Carlene Cornish
Carlene Cornish
Thesis title: The Paradox of the Raising Participation Age: The Experiences of ‘Disengaged’ Youth on an Employability Course in a Further Education College
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/4/2019
Kofi Odei Addo
Kofi Odei Addo
Thesis title: Implications of the Different Experiences of Corruption on Police Confidence and Legitimacy in Ghana: An Exploratory Study
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 14/9/2018
Saltanat Akhmetova
Saltanat Akhmetova
Thesis title: At Home Among Strangers: The Integration and Transnational Practices of Chinese-Born Kazakh Returnees in Kazakhstan
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/5/2016
Giacomo Orsini
Giacomo Orsini
Thesis title: The EU and the Changing Lives of Fishermen. a Study of Lampedusan and Fuerteventuran Fishing Communities
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/3/2016
Gulzat Janybekovna Botoeva
Gulzat Janybekovna Botoeva
Thesis title: The Local DrUG Economy: The Case of Hashish Production in a Post Soviet Kyrgyz Village
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 29/1/2016
Hakimul Ikhwan
Hakimul Ikhwan
Thesis title: Democratic Islamism: Islamist Engagement with Democratic Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 2/10/2015
Carol Diana Mcaleavy
Carol Diana Mcaleavy
Thesis title: Shifting Relations of Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Age on Allotments in an Area of North East Essex
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 15/9/2015
Christian Kemp
Christian Kemp
Thesis title: Island of Solace or Gateway to Servitude? The Relationship Between European and Maltese Immigration Policy and the Human Trafficking of African Irregular Migrants in Malta
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 13/1/2015

Publications

Journal articles (7)

McGoey, L. and Thiel, DJ., (2018). Charismatic violence and the sanctification of the super-rich. Economy and Society. 47 (1), 111-134

McGoey, L., Thiel, D. and West, R., (2018). Le philanthrocapitalisme et les « crimes des dominants » [Philanthrocapitalism and crimes of the powerful]. Politix. 2018 (1), 29-54

Thiel, D., (2016). Moral Truth and Compounded Trauma: The Effects of Acquittal of Homicide Defendants on the Families of the Victims. Homicide Studies. 20 (3), 199-219

Thiel, D., (2012). Builders, bodies and bifurcations: How London construction workers 'learn to labour'. Ethnography. 14 (4), 412-430

Books (3)

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Fussey, P., Hobbs, D., South, N. and Thiel, D., (2014). Criminology: A Sociological Introduction (3rd Edition). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 978-0-415-64080-0

Thiel, D., (2012). Builders: Class, Gender and Ethnicity in the Construction Industry. Routledge. 9780415688642

Thiel, D., (2009). Policing Terrorism: A Review of the Evidence. The Police Foundation. 0947692495

Book chapters (4)

Thiel, D., (2016). Ethnic stratification within organizations. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Editors: Stone, J., Dennis, RM., Rizova, P., Smith, AD. and Hou, X., . Wiley-Blackwell

Thiel, D., (2015). Criminal Ignorance. In: Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. Editors: Gross, M. and McGoey, L., . Routledge. 1- 14. 978-0-415-71896-7

Thiel, D., (2012). Ethnography and Flux: Identity and Epistemology in Construction Fieldwork. In: Ethnographic Research in the Construction Industry. Editors: Pink, S., Tutt, D. and Dainty, A., . Routledge. 73- 90. 9780415603430

Innes, M. and Thiel, D., (2008). Policing Terror. In: Handbook of Policing (second edition). Editors: Newburn, T., . Willan. 9781843925002

Reports and Papers (6)

Jacobi, C., Thiel, D. and Allum, N., (2019). Enabling and constraining successful reablement: Individual and neighbourhood factors

Thiel, D., Speed, E. and Cristo, SM., (2015). The Impact of Welfare Reform in Essex: A Report for the Essex Housing Officers' Group

Thiel, D., (2013). Double Injustice, Double Trauma: The effects of acquittal of offenders upon the families of victims of homicide

Thiel, DJ. and Gillan, K., (2010). Factors affecting participation in assisted voluntary return programmes and successful reintegration: a review of the evidence

Thiel, DJ., Bryan, R., Cocke, B. and Gillan, K., (2010). The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) 2004 and 2004 extension: monitoring report

Stoneman, P. and Thiel, D., (2008). NEET in Essex: A Review of the Evidence

Grants and funding

2013

To map the impacts of social welfare reform and produce a dynamic digital map of welfare support service provision

Technology STrategy Board

To map the impacts of social welfare reform and produce a dynamic digital map of welfare support service provision

Colne Housing Society Ltd

Contact

djthiel@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872638

Location:

5A.308, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Mondays 10-11