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Research interests

Dr Jack Spicer is a Lecturer in Criminology. He has written extensively on the emergence of 'County Lines' drug supply onto the policy landscape, the practice of 'cuckooing' and the associated responses. This reflects his wider research interests into the functioning of illicit drug markets, the enforcement of drug laws and drug policy reform.

Dr Spicer has published numerous articles in leading journals and presented papers at a range of international conferences. As a member of a number of domestic and international networks, he regularly contributes to practitioner events, public engagement initiatives, parliamentary enquiries and media outputs. In 2019 he was awarded 'Best Early Career Researcher' by the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. In 2021 he was the recipient of the prestigious Radzinowicz Prize.

His first book entitled Policing County Lines: Responses to Evolving Provincial Drug Markets was published in 2021. His most recent work is an international edited collection on Drug Law Enforcement, Policing & Harm Reduction. He is the co-editor of Routledge's 'Drugs, Crime and Society' book series and sits on the editorial board for The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Teaching interests

Dr Spicer is the Director of Studies responsible for the Criminology MSc degree.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is the department's HEA Champion.

At undergraduate level he teaches the compulsory second year unit entitled 'Theorising Crime, Justice & Punishment' and a final year elective unit entitled 'Drugs, Crime & Society'.

At postgraduate level he teaches Contemporary Criminological Theory and Criminological Ethnography.

Dr Spicer is available to supervise doctoral students in his area of research interest.

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


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