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Dr Lloyd Belcher




  • PhD (Manchester)
  • MSc (Oxford)
  • BA (York)

Before taking the plunge into academia, Lloyd spent sixteen years working in drug treatment and youth services in his home city of Hong Kong as well as managing prison and homeless services in Taiwan and inner-city needle exchange services in the United Kingdom.

To fund his PhD, Lloyd started his own freelance filming and photography business that resulted in a client base including National Geographic, Sony, Patagonia, The North Face and more. One of the more notable pieces of film work that Lloyd produced was ‘Mira’ that documented the journey of Mira Rai, a spirited Nepali village girl on her pursuit to being a world-recognised mountain runner. The film picked up a number of awards at various film festivals including the Grand Prize at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (2017), Prix du Dépassement de Soi at Les Diablerets International Film Festival (2016), Best Film in Mountain Culture at New Zealand Mountain Film Festival (2016) and was the Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (2016).
Lloyd’s primary research interests are a blend of visual ethnography and criminology. His doctoral research employed visual methods to investigate drug use among the Nepalese community in Hong Kong and part of this research output was an ethnographic film.
Teaching interests include:
  • Cultural criminology
  • Visual research methods
  • Drug use
  • Race and crime
  • Ethnography

Prior experience includes holding lecturing positions at  The University of West London, The University of Hong Kong and also the University of York (Social Policy & Social Work)

Contact details

Dr Lloyd Belcher
Department of Sociology
University of York
YO10 5GD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 1089