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Tilman Schwarze is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Glasgow.

He initially joined the School of Social & Political Sciences as a Research Associate before starting his new role as a Lecturer in Criminology in October 2021. Tilman holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. He has published on territorial stigmatisation, gang violence, and socio-spatial theory. His current research focuses on community development in gang-affected communities on Chicago’s South Side, racial economy, comparative urban theory, and the criminalisation of drill music in the UK. Tilman’s current teaching focuses on qualitative research methods and introduction to Criminology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

His research interests include:

Production of urban space in gang-affected communities
Territorial stigmatisation
Urban growth machines
Racial economy
Relationship between crime, media, and culture in the context of the policing and criminalization of drill music in the UK
Urban sociology
Ethnography and qualitative methods
Socio-spatial theory

Recent publications

Luger, J. and Schwarze, T. 2021. Cafés, cocktail coves, and “empathy walls”: Comparing urban and exurban everyday life through a Lefebvrian lens. <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718521002815?dgcid=coauthor> Geoforum. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.10.012

Schwarze, T. 2021. Discursive practices of territorial stigmatization: how newspapers frame violence and crime in a Chicago community <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02723638.2021.1913015?src=>. Urban Geography. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2021.1913015

Schwarze, T. 2021 Gangs, space and the state. Bringing Henri Lefebvre’s spatial theory to critical gang studies <https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429462443-8/gangs-space-state-tilman-schwarze?context=ubx&refId=24056474-f8f7-4d88-ab91-70936a36d3d1>. In: Routledge International Handbook of Critical Gang Studies <https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9780429462443/routledge-international-handbook-critical-gang-studies-david-brotherton-rafael-jose-gude>, pp. 89-107. edited by Brotherton, D. and Rude, R. London and New York: Routledge.



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Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

Violence, Drugs and Alcohol

January 2024

Safe Space? The past, present and future of violence reduction in Scotland

Over the last two decades, Scotland has witnessed a significant reduction in violence, leading to an increasing consensus around Scotland’s […]

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Space, Urban Politics, and Everyday Life – Book Launch

23rd February 2024


The CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow