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Dr Alexandra Hall

Associate Professor

Department: Social Sciences

I am an interdisciplinary criminologist with research interests extending across the social sciences. My work makes use of integrated theoretical frameworks and qualitative, ethnographic and online methodologies. I have a strong commitment to cross-sector collaborative research and to moving research findings beyond academia into the policy and practice arenas.

Previous projects have focused on such wide-ranging themes as the methods and motivations of suppliers and consumers of counterfeit and falsified medicines online (European Commission), techniques of financial management among cocaine traffickers and illicit tobacco traders (European Commission), UK-China flows in the counterfeit trade (AHRC/ESRC), and my doctoral research on the changing nature of the British Pakistani honour/shame complex. This research has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as the British Journal of Criminology and European Journal of Criminology), in co-authored books (Fake Meds Online and Fake Goods, Real Money), and in mainstream media (including the BBC, The Guardian, Vice and The Economist).

In 2022/23 I am an ISRF Early Career Research Fellow working on a project titled The Freeport Paradox. This builds on my previous research on global illicit product markets and flows to advance interdisciplinary knowledge of the criminogenic dimensions of special economic zones (SEZs), with an empirical focus on the UK’s new freeports. More info on the project is available here. Alongside this, I will continue my research and writing on various drug markets, as well as publications building on my PhD research that seek to contribute to work on diaspora and the culture-politics-economy nexus.

Alexandra Hall

Substantive areas of expertise include:

  • Crime and the global political economy 
  • 'Organised crime' and illicit markets
  • Drug markets and drug dealing (pharmaceuticals, IPEDs, cocaine)
  • Technology-facilitated crime
  • Counterfeit markets and intellectual property crime
  • Consumer culture
  • Contemporary criminological theory
  • Anthropological and ethnographic studies of honour and shame (particularly in the Pakistani diaspora)
  • International political economy
  • Political ideologies
  • Qualitative and online research methods (particularly ethnography)

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates in any of the areas above.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Duty Free: Turning the criminological spotlight on special economic zones, Hall, A., Antonopoulos, G., Atkinson, R., Wyatt, T. 10 Mar 2022, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • Digital Ethnography in Cybercrime Research: Some Notes from the Virtual Field, Gibbs, N., Hall, A. 8 Aug 2021, Researching Cybercrimes, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Illicit pharmaceutical supply: moving beyond common assumptions about drugs and drug dealing, Hall, A., Antonopoulos, G. 5 Jul 2021, Understanding Drug Dealing and Illicit Drug Markets in the 21st Century, London, Taylor & Francis
  • The logic of violence: an ethnography of Dublin’s illegal drug trade. By Brendan Marsh (Routledge, 2020, 144pp, £120.00 hb), Hall, A. 1 Jan 2021, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • Counterfeit goods fraud: an account of its financial management, Antonopoulos, G., Hall, A., Large, J., Shen, A. 1 Sep 2020, In: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
  • Social media markets for prescription drugs: Platforms as virtual mortars for drug types and dealers., Demant, J., Bakken, S., Hall, A. 20 Jan 2020, In: Drugs and Alcohol Today
  • The dark side of human enhancement: crime and harm in the lifestyle drug trade, Hall, A. 2020, Humanity under duress, Sheffield, Multitude Press
  • Tráfico de esteroides anabolizantes androgénicos en el Reino Unido, Antonopoulos, G., Hall, A. 10 Oct 2020, Nuevos Horizontes en la Investigación Criminológica, Lima, Peru, Universidad de San Martín de Porres - Fondo Editorial
  • Lifestyle Drugs and Late Capitalism: A Topography of Harm, Hall, A. 2 Nov 2019, Deviant Leisure, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan
  • The (Online) Supply of Lifestyle Medicines: A Criminological Study, Hall, A., Antonopoulos, G. 19 Jun 2019, Human Enhancement Drugs, London, Taylor & Francis

Nicholas Gibbs Insta-muscle: Examining online and offline IPED trade and masculine body culture Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 23/12/2021

  • Politics MA
  • Politics BA (Hons)
  • Sociology PhD
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA


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