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Dr Robert Hornsby

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Rob joined the Department of Social Sciences in January 2008. After leaving school Rob worked for a number of years as a chef before entering academic life as a mature student. He studied Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Durham, then completed an MA in Criminal Justice Studies and a PhD which was an ethnographic study of young offenders and the youth justice system in a northern city. Prior to joining Northumbria, Rob worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Universities of Huddersfield, Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle, York and the London School of Economics.


  • Criminology PhD June 30 2005
  • Criminology MA June 30 1999
  • Sociology and Social Policy BA (Hons) June 30 1995

Key Publications

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  • Trafficked, smuggled or exploited: Ignore the labels, they all involve abuse, Hornsby, R., Harvey, J., Booth, D. Sep 2017, The Many Faces of Crime for Profit and Ways of Tackling It, Oisterwijk, Netherlands, Wolf Legal Publishers
  • The Criminal Entrepreneur: a case study of an organised criminal family, Harvey, J., Hornsby, R. 1 Sep 2016, Narratives on organised crime in Europe: criminals, corrupters & policy, Nijmegen, Wolf Legal
  • Disjointed Service: An English Case Study of Multi-Agency Provision in Tackling Child Trafficking, Harvey, J., Hornsby, R., Sattar, Z. May 2015, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • The Criminal Entrepreneur: Case Study of an Organised Criminal Family, Harvey, J., Hornsby, R. May 2015, 16th Cross-border Crime Colloquium
  • Tackling illicit tobacco for better health: final evaluation report, McNeill, A., Russell, A., Bains, M., Bauld, L., Britton, J., Carro-Ripalda, S., Eadie, D., Heckler, S., Hornsby, R., Iringe-Koko, B., Lewis, S., McEwen, A. Jan 2012
  • A Soundtrack to (illegal) Entrepreneurship: Pirated CD/DVD Selling in a Greek Provincial City, Antonopoulos, G., Hobbs, D., Hornsby, R. 2011, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • Sound and Vision: Nigerian Street Entrepreneurs in Greece, Antonopoulos, G., Hornsby, R., Hobbs, D. 2011, Usual and unusual organising criminals in Europe and beyond: Profitable crimes, from underworld to upper world, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, Maklu
  • Contraband and counterfeit tobacco: exploring an economic disincentive to the denormalization of tobacco, Russell, A., Hornsby, R., White, M., Hunter, D., Mason, J., Chappel, D. 2010
  • A zone of ambiguity: the political economy of cigarette bootlegging, Hornsby, R., Hobbs, D. 2009, The Criminal smoke of tobacco policy making : cigarette smuggling in Europe, Wolf Legal
  • Gun crime, Hornsby, R., Hobbs, D. 2008


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