Alex’s research interests extend across the social sciences. Previous projects have focused on such wide-ranging themes as the methods and motivations of suppliers and consumers of counterfeit and falsified medicines online, techniques of financial management among cocaine traffickers and illicit tobacco traders, UK-China flows in the counterfeit trade, and the changing nature of the British Pakistani honour/shame complex.
Her work is global and comparative and makes use of integrated theoretical frameworks and innovative qualitative, ethnographic and online methodologies. She has a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborative work and to moving research findings beyond academia into the policy and practice arenas.
Alex is currently working on a number of research and writing projects. She is in the pilot phase of an ethnographic study of the illicit market in injectable cosmetic procedures and is writing up a related theoretical piece on human enhancement drugs and late-capitalist subjectivity. In future, Alex will continue her research on the production, distribution and consumption of illicit goods around the globe. Of particular interest is the use of special economic zones as global conduits of illicit trade.
Substantive areas of expertise include:
- Crime and the global political economy
- 'Organised crime' and illicit markets
- Drug markets and drug dealing (pharmaceuticals, IPEDs, cocaine)
- Technology-facilitated crime
- Counterfeit markets and intellectual property crime
- Consumer culture
- Contemporary criminological theory
- Critical social and cultural theory (Bourdieu, Transnationalism, Intersectionality, the Frankfurt School)
- Anthropological and ethnographic studies of honour and shame (particularly in the Pakistani diaspora)
- International political economy (Marxism, Neo-Gramscianism, Cultural Political Economy)
- Political ideologies
- Qualitative and online research methods (particularly ethnography)
Alex welcomes enquiries from potential PhD candidates in any of the areas above.
PhD, Sociology30 Jul 2014 - 31 Dec 2099