Dr Joe Purshouse
School of Law
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice
Deputy Director of Employability and Enrichment Activities (Criminology)
Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (Assessments and Scrutiny)
+44 114 222 6776
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School of Law
I was appointed to the role of Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Sheffield in September 2021. I moved to Sheffield from the University of East Anglia, where I held the positions of Associate Professor in Criminal Law (2021) and Lecturer (2016-2021). Prior to this, I was a module leader at Sheffield College and a tutor at the University of Nottingham, where I completed my PhD.
My research focuses on the disruptive impact of innovations in technology and society on the law. I have published in leading journals such as the Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Society, Modern Law Review, Public Law, and Criminal Law Review. This research has contributed to policy debates on the application of law to new technologies in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
I have taught across various law and criminology degree programmes, and have played a leading role in re-designing, updating and teaching materials at various institutions, contributing to curriculum planning, course design and development.
- PhD in Law, University of Notingham
- MA Socio-Legal and Criminological Research, University of Nottingham
- LL.M Criminal Justice, University of Nottingham
- BA Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University
- Research interests
- New technologies
- Criminal law
- Citizen-led policing
- Private and family life
- Media law
- Human rights law
- Automated facial recognition and policing: a Bridge too far?. Legal Studies. View this article in WRRO
- ‘Paedophile hunters’, criminal procedure, and fundamental human rights. Journal of Law and Society, 47(3), 384-411. View this article in WRRO
- Privacy, Crime Control and the Police Use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology. Criminal law review (London, England), 188-188.
- Non-Conviction Disclosure as Part of an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate: Assessing the legal framework from a fundamental human rights perspective. Public Law, 688-688.
- Article 8 and the Retention of non-conviction DNA and Fingerprint Data in England and Wales. Criminal law review (London, England).
- The Reasonable Expectation of Privacy and the Criminal Suspect. The Modern Law Review, 79(5), 871-884.
- View this article in WRRO Citizen-Led Policing in the Digital Age and the Right to Respect for Private Life In Purshouse J, Roberts A & Bosland J (Ed.), Privacy, Technology, and the Criminal Process Routledge
- Research group
I am a member of the Centre for Criminological Research.
Title/Description: Facial Recognition Technology in New Zealand: Towards a Legal and Ethical Framework
- Awarding body: New Zealand Law Foundation
- People involved: Dr Nessa Lynch, Professor Liz Campbell, Dr Joe Purshouse; Dr Marcin Betkier
- Dates: April 2019-December 2020
- Amount: $52988 NZ
Title/Description: New Technology and Law Enforcement Workshop
- Awarding body: Eastern Arc
- Dates: February 2019-July 2019
- Amount: £1,500
Title/Description: Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 Scholarship
- Awarding body: ESRC
- Dates: September 2013-September 2016
- Amount: £13500 per anum
- Professional activities and memberships
- Stakeholder Member, Working Group for the National Police Chief’s Council’s Policy on OCAG Activity
- Stakeholder Member, EU Horizon CyberCrime Driver Project
- External Examiner, Northumbria University