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Marty Chamberlain is Professor of Criminology and Research Lead for the Centre for Social Innovation, Teesside University.

He has a long-standing interest in criminal records and the professions, having published on this topic in the BJC, and is currently developing this research in the context of elite occupational groups and what happens when doctors, nurses and police officers obtain a criminal record as a result of events in the workplace or their personal life.

Professor Chamberlain is currently undertaking research with Women’s Aid (Edinburgh) exploring the impact on victims of the shift post-Covid toward remote hearings and virtual courts from a digital criminology, social harm, and victimology perspective.

He is also undertaking comparative research exploring the lived experiences of qualified professional practitioners from elite occupations – medicine, law, nursing, policing, and social work – who obtain a criminal record, and sometimes as a result of the nature of their work. He is particularly interested in public safety questions which emerge when this lived experience is compared to mainstream criminological models of desistance and reintegration.

Professor Chamberlain welcomes enquiries regarding these projects and is keen to widen his professional networks in Scotland. If you would like to collaborate on projects of mutual interest please get in touch with him.

Recent Publications

Chamberlain, J.M. (2023, contracted, in progress) Digital Criminals and Algorithmic Justice Bristol: Policy Press and Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Chamberlain, J.M. (2020) Policing Covid Project: Exploring public experiences and perceptions to ensure accountability Report for the Police and Crime Report for Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner.

Chamberlain, J. M. (2020) Medicine, Risk, Discourse and Power. Routledge.

Chamberlain, J.M. (2018) Exploring the potential for automation and artificial intelligence in the regulation of the health and social care professions in the United Kingdom Report for Wellcome.



University of Stirling

Research Themes

New Media, Surveillance and Technology

Research Methods and Criminological Theory

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