Dominic Aitken
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Research interests

I joined the Department of Social & Policy Sciences as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2020, having previously worked as a full-time Associate Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton. My research focuses on the politics of criminal justice and migration control, particularly prisons and immigration removal centres (IRCs).

My doctoral research at the University of Oxford, fully funded by an ESRC 1 + 3 studentship, examined responses to deaths in custody. I conducted fieldwork in an IRC and interviewed coroners, inquest lawyers, professionals from regulatory bodies and those involved in policy efforts to make places of custody safer. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford


Master of Science, University of Oxford


Bachelor of Laws, University of Edinburgh



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