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Dr Nick Gibbs is a Lecturer in Criminology at Northumbria University. Having gained undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Criminology at Birmingham City University, Nick completed his PhD in 2021 at Northumbria. This project focussed on the use and supply of image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs). Nick developed this thesis into a solo-authored monograph, 'The Muscle Trade', which was published by Bristol University Press in November 2023. 

Broadly, his work can be situated within the schools of ultra-realism and deviant leisure, and encompasses the intersecting topics of IPEDs, illicit markets, masculinity, harm reduction, and gym culture. Looking forward, Nick is developing his research to explore critical sports criminology more broadly and widening the lens of his current focus.

Though rooted in the discipline of Criminology, Nick previously worked at Leeds Trinity University as a University Teacher in Policing. Teaching on the West Yorkshire, Durham, and Northumbria Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships means that Nick is a well-rounded educator who now works across the subjects of Criminology, Sociology, and Policing.

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD

31 Jul 20211 Sept 2021

Award Date: 31 Jul 2021

Criminology, MA, Birmingham City University

31 Aug 201031 Aug 2022

Award Date: 14 Aug 2017

Criminology, BA (Hons)

10 Sept 201310 Jun 2015

Award Date: 20 Jun 2016


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