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Dr Justin Kotzé joined Northumbria University in 2022 as an Assistant Professor in Criminology. Prior to this he taught as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Teesside University and as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Northampton. Justin studied Criminology at Teesside University, obtaining a First Class Honours (BSc Hons) degree and a Masters (MSc) with Distinction before going on to complete a PhD. He was awarded his doctorate in 2016 which focused on exploring and analysing the purported ‘crime decline’ as well as both change and continuity in crime and harm.

Justin maintains an interest in the evolution/obsolescence of criminal markets. He is also interested in advanced criminological theory; consumer culture and the development of harmful subjectivities; the commodification of acts of ‘resistance’; deviant leisure, critical criminology and social harm. He has previously published work in the fields of violence, social harm, criminological theory and the consumption of steroids. Justin is also the author of The Myth of the 'Crime Decline' (Routledge, 2019), co-editor of Zemiology (Palgrave, 2018), and co-author of Lockdown (Palgrave, 2021) and Making Sense of Ultra-Realism (Emerald, 2022).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD

7 May 20136 May 2016

Award Date: 6 May 2016


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