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Dr Justin Kotze

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Dr Justin Kotzé joined Northumbria University in 2022 as an Assistant Professor in Criminology. Prior to this he taught as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Teesside University and as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Northampton. Justin studied Criminology at Teesside University, obtaining a First Class Honours (BSc Hons) degree and a Masters (MSc) with Distinction before going on to complete a PhD. He was awarded his doctorate in 2016 which focused on exploring and analysing the purported ‘crime decline’ as well as both change and continuity in crime and harm.

Justin maintains an interest in the evolution/obsolescence of criminal markets. He is also interested in advanced criminological theory; consumer culture and the development of harmful subjectivities; the commodification of acts of ‘resistance’; deviant leisure, critical criminology and social harm. He has previously published work in the fields of violence, social harm, criminological theory and the consumption of steroids. Justin is also the author of The Myth of the 'Crime Decline' (Routledge, 2019), co-editor of Zemiology (Palgrave, 2018), and co-author of Lockdown (Palgrave, 2021) and Making Sense of Ultra-Realism (Emerald, 2022).

Justin Kotze

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Making Sense of Ultra-Realism: Contemporary Criminological Theory Through the Lens of Popular Culture, Kotzé, J., Lloyd, A. 7 Jun 2022
  • Lockdown: Social Harm in the Covid-19 Era, Briggs, D., Telford, L., Lloyd, A., Ellis, A., Kotzé, J. 11 Dec 2021
  • The Myth of the 'Crime Decline': Exploring Change and Continuity in Crime and Harm, Kotzé, J. 3 Apr 2019
  • Boosting Bodily Capital: Maintaining Masculinity, Aesthetic Pleasure and Instrumental Utility Through the Consumption of Steroids, Kotzé, J., Antonopoulos, G. 1 Aug 2021, In: Journal of Consumer Culture
  • On Researching Harm: An Ultra-Realist Perspective, Kotzé, J. 3 Sep 2021, The Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Criminology PhD May 07 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2018


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