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Dr Luke Telford
Lecturer in Criminal Justice & Social Policy



Dr Luke Telford is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice & Social Policy, joining from Staffordshire University in August 2022. He obtained a BSc in Criminology & Youth Studies (First Class Honours) at Teesside University, MA in Social Research Methods in Criminology (Distinction) at Durham University as well as a ESRC funded PhD at Teesside University. His PhD explored the rise of nationalism in a post-industrial and ‘left behind’ place, explicating the contextual factors behind the recent rise in political discontent and exploring the importance of new policy formulations to resurrect relatively deprived communities. Luke possesses a range of multidisciplinary research and teaching interests primarily spanning politics, political economy, regional inequalities, working class culture and social harms. He is passionate about pedagogical development and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Luke is the author/co-author of three books including English Nationalism and its Ghost Towns (Routledge, 2022) and Lockdown: Social harm in the Covid-19 era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Luke has published articles including in journals such as Competition & Change, Critical Criminology and the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. His most recent research is collaborative and has explored the harms of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly the unintentional consequences of the lockdowns. He has also been conducting empirical work in a ‘left behind’ place, exploring localised problems and the implications for the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. This research will form part of a Palgrave Pivot book that will be published at the end of 2022 and is entitled ‘The UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda: Tinkering at the edges or transformative change?



Currently, my core research interests are:

* Working class culture
* Politics
* Levelling Up ‘left behind’ places
* Social harm
* The Covid-19 pandemic

I am interested in supervising PhD students particularly in the areas above. If you are a student interested in undertaking a thesis in the areas above, please email me.


Selected publications

Books authored or co-authored:

Telford, L &; Wistow, J (2022) The UK Government’s Levelling up Agenda: Tinkering at the edges or transformative change? (Forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan).

Telford, L (2022) English Nationalism and Its Ghost Towns. Abingdon: Routledge.

Briggs, D Telford, L Ellis, A Lloyd, A & Kotze, J (2021) Lockdown: Social harm in the COVID-19 Era. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Briggs, D Ellis, A Lloyd, A &; Telford, L (2021) Researching the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical
Blueprint for the Social Sciences. Bristol: Policy Press Rapid Response Series.

Journal articles:

Telford, L Bushell, M & Hodgkinson, O (2022) Passport to neoliberal normality? A critical exploration of COVID-19 vaccine passports. Journal of Contemporary Crime, Harm, Ethics. 2(1): 42-61.

Telford, L (2022) “There is nothing there”: Deindustrialization and Loss in a Coastal Town. Competition & Change. 26(2): 197-214.

Telford, L &; Briggs, D (2022) Targets and overwork: Neoliberalism and the maximisation of profitability from the workplace. Capital & Class. 46(1): 59-76.

Briggs, D Telford, L Ellis, A &; Lloyd, A (2021) Closing the door on protection: Case studies of the lockdown-induced collateral damage to UK children and young peoples’ services. Youth Voice Journal. 114-126.

Ellis, A Telford, L Lloyd, A &; Briggs, D (2021) For the Greater Good: Sacrificial Violence and the Coronavirus Pandemic. Journal of Contemporary Crime, Harm, Ethics. 1(1): 1-22.

Briggs, D Telford, L Ellis, A &; Lloyd, A (2021) Working, living, and dying in COVID times: Perspectives from frontline residential adult social care workers in the UK. Safer Communities. 20(3): 208-222.

Ellis, A Briggs, D Lloyd, A &; Telford, L (2021) A ticking time bomb of future harm: Lockdown, child
abuse and future violence. Abuse: An International Impact Journal. 2(1): 37-48.

Briggs, D Ellis, A Lloyd, A & Telford, L (2020) New hope or old futures in disguise? Neoliberalism, the COVID-19 pandemic and the possibility for social change. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 40(9/10): 831-848

Telford, L; Lloyd, A (2020) From ‘Infant Hercules’ to ‘Ghost Town’: Industrial collapse and social harm in Teesside. Critical Criminology. 28: 595-611.

Telford, L &; Wistow, J (2020) Brexit and the working class on Teesside: Moving beyond reductionism. Capital & Class. 44(4): 553-572.


Etherington, D Telford, L &; Jones, M (2022) The pending poverty catastrophe in Stoke-on-Trent:
How benefit cuts and the cost-of-living crisis impacts on the poor. Stoke-on-Trent: Staffordshire
University & Citizens Advice.



Currently, I am involved in the Undergraduate teaching of:

* Victimization & Social Harm
* Debates in Criminal Justice
* Social Research Methods
* Crime and Society
* Drugs: Prevalence, Policy & Practice



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