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Dr Alexandra Hall

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Alex joined the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University in September 2017 and is currently Head of Subject in Criminology and Sociology. She is an interdisciplinary criminologist whose research integrates approaches from criminology, sociology and political economy. Alex is Chair of the North East Branch of the British Society of Criminology. You can also find her work on Academia.

Alexandra Hall

Key Publications

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  • 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
  • Counterfeit goods fraud, Antonopoulos, G., Hall, A., Large, J., Shen, A. 4 Jun 2019, In: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
  • Lifestyle Drugs and Late Capitalism, Hall, A. 2 Nov 2019, Deviant Leisure, Cham, Palgrave
  • The (Online) Supply of Lifestyle Medicines, Hall, A., Antonopoulos, G. 19 Jun 2019, Human Enhancement Drugs, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Fake Goods, Real Money, Antonopoulos, G., Hall, A., Large, J., Shen, A., Crang, M., Andrews, M. 11 Apr 2018
  • Writing Up and Presenting Criminological Research, Hall, A. Sep 2018, Doing Criminological Research, London, UK; Thousand Oaks, California; New Delhi, India; Singapore, SAGE
  • An introduction to the special issue on ‘counterfeiting’, Antonopoulos, G., Hall, A., Large, J., Shen, A. Dec 2017, In: Trends in Organized Crime
  • “Coke on Tick”: exploring the cocaine market in the UK through the lens of financial management, Hall, A., Antonopoulos, G. 5 Feb 2017, In: Journal of Financial Crime
  • Illicit pharmaceutical networks in Europe: organising the illicit medicine market in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, Hall, A., Koenraadt, R., Antonopoulos, G. Dec 2017, In: Trends in Organized Crime


  • Sociology PhD October 13 2014
  • Politics MA August 29 2008
  • Politics BA (Hons) August 31 2007
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

PGR Supervision

Nicholas Gibbs Start: 01/10/2018

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Alex’s research interests extend across the social sciences. Previous projects have focused on such wide-ranging themes as the methods and motivations of suppliers and consumers of counterfeit and falsified medicines online, techniques of financial management among cocaine traffickers and illicit tobacco traders, UK-China flows in the counterfeit trade, and the changing nature of the British Pakistani honour/shame complex. 

Her work is global and comparative and makes use of integrated theoretical frameworks and innovative qualitative, ethnographic and online methodologies. She has a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborative work and to moving research findings beyond academia into the policy and practice arenas. Her work has also appeared in mainstream media including the BBC, The Guardian, Vice and The Economist.

Alex is currently working on a number of research and writing projects. She is in the pilot phase of an ethnographic study of the illicit market in injectable cosmetic procedures and is writing up a related theoretical piece on human enhancement drugs and late-capitalist subjectivity. She is also working on publications from her doctoral research that seek to contribute to work on diaspora and the culture-politics-economy nexus. In future, Alex will continue her research on the production, distribution and consumption of illicit goods around the globe. Of particular interest is the use of special economic zones as global conduits of illicit trade.

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
  • Critical social and cultural theory (Bourdieu, Transnationalism, Intersectionality, the Frankfurt School)
  • Anthropological and ethnographic studies of honour and shame (particularly in the Pakistani diaspora)
  • International political economy (Marxism, Neo-Gramscianism, Cultural Political Economy)
  • Political ideologies
  • Qualitative and online research methods (particularly ethnography)

Alex welcomes enquiries from potential PhD candidates in any of the areas above. 


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