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Dr Sam Hanks

Lecturer in Criminology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Email address

Office - 145
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Sam teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on criminological theory and research methods, as well as a postgraduate module on penal abolitionism.

His research explores the governance and regulation of sex work, with a particular focus on the Welsh context. At present he is interested in the malleability and symbolic power of concepts such as safeguarding and vulnerability, and how these are utilised as forms of social control.

Sam runs a reading group on prison abolitionism, and is a co-director of the Centre for Social Change in the Department of Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Social Control
  • Policing
  • Carceral Abolition
  • Socio-criminological theory
  • Sex work