Dr Adam White
Position: Senior Lecturer Criminology
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6813
Room No: EF01b
I joined the Centre for Criminological Research in 2016. Before arriving at the University of Sheffield, I worked in the Department of Politics at the University of York as a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy (2010-2015). I have also spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington (Seattle) and a researcher for Gun Free South Africa (Cape Town) and Demos (London).
- PG Cert Academic Practice, University of York (2013)
- PhD Politics, University of Sheffield (2008)
- MA Research Methods in Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield (2005)
- MA International Political Economy, University of Leeds (2003)
- BA (hons) Geography, University of Leeds (2002)
Teaching and Learning
Over the past few years, I have studied, researched and taught within the disciplines of geography, international political economy and public policy. But criminology is my passion. It is a fascinating discipline with endless stories – both macabre and heartwarming – which open up a unique window into the human condition. My aim when teaching criminology is to communicate this fascination to others and to nurture it within their own learning experience.
The Modules I Teach
|Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice||Policing, Soldiering and Neoliberalism|
|Introducing Criminological Research||Research Process|
|Representations of Crime|
|Responding to Crime|
My research focuses on three interconnected themes: (i) the rise of the private security and private military industries in the postwar era; (ii) corresponding issues of governance, regulation and legitimacy in the contemporary security sector; and (iii) the changing nature of state-market relations. These interests are multidisciplinary, lying at the intersection of criminology, politics, international relations and socio-legal studies.
Member of the Centre for Criminological Research Cluster
Areas of Research Supervision
Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures
- White, A. (2017) ‘Private Military Veterans’, University of Konstanz, Germany.
- White, A. (2017) ‘Policing, Privatisation and Public Ethos’, King’s College London.
- White, A. (2016) ‘Private Security, Public Values’, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia.
|Title/Description:||The Demobilisation of Private Military Contractors|
|Awarding Body:||Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Fellowship|
|People Involved:||Adam White|
|Title/Description:||The Privatisation and Regulation of Security|
|People Involved:||Adam White and Martin Smith|
|Title/Description:||The Security Industry Authority: A Baseline Review|
|Awarding Body:||Security Industry Authority|
|People Involved:||Adam White and Martin Smith|
Professional Activities and Recognition
- Editorial Board, British Journal of Criminology
- Editorial Board, Security Journal
- Steering Committee, British Society of Criminology Policing Network
- External Examiner, University of Portsmouth
- Fellow, Higher Education Academy
- White A (2010) The Politics of Private Security: Regulation, Reform and Re-Legitimation. Palgrave Macmillan.
- White A (2018) Beyond Iraq: The Socioeconomic Trajectories of Private Military Veterans. Armed Forces & Society, 44(3), 387-407. View this article in WRRO
- White A (2018) Mercenarism, norms and market exchange: Reassembling the private military labour market. International Sociology. View this article in WRRO
- White A & Hayat I (2018) From ‘what works?’ to ‘who am I?’: Existential research in the extended policing family. European Journal of Policing Studies, 5(3), 91-106. View this article in WRRO
- Loader I & White A (2018) Valour for Money? Contested Commodification in the Market for Security. British Journal of Criminology. View this article in WRRO
- Loader I & White A (2017) How can we better align private security with the public interest? Towards a civilizing model of regulation. Regulation and Governance, 11(2), 166-184.
- White A (2015) The Politics of Police ‘Privatization’: A Multiple Streams Approach. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 15(3), 283-299.
- White A (2015) The Impact of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Security Journal, 28(4), 425-442.
- White A (2014) Post-crisis Policing and Public–Private Partnerships: The Case of Lincolnshire Police and G4S. British Journal of Criminology, 54(6), 1002-1022.
- Smith M & White A (2014) The Paradox of Security Regulation: Public Protection Versus Normative Legitimation. Policy & Politics, 42(3), 421-438.
- White A & Gill M (2013) The Transformation of Policing: From Ratios to Rationalities. British Journal of Criminology, 53(1), 74-93.
- White A (2012) The New Political Economy of Private Security. Theoretical Criminology, 16(1), 85-101.
- White A (2018) Private Military Contractors: A Criminological Approach. In Wadham B & Goldsmith M (Ed.), Criminologies of the Military (pp. 81-94). Hart
- White A (2018) Just Another Industry? (De)Regulation, Public Expectations and Private Security. In Hucklesby A & Lister S (Ed.), The Private Sector and Criminal Justice (pp. 65-96). Palgrave Macmillan
- White A (2016) Private Military Contractors as Criminals/Victims. In McGarry R & Walklate S (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and War (pp. 191-209). Palgrave Macmillan
- White A (2016) The Market for Global Policing. In Bradford B, Jauregui B, Loader I & Steinberg J (Ed.), The Sage Handbook of Global Policing (pp. 535-551). Sage
- White A (2016) Private Security and the Politics of Accountability. In Lister S & Rowe M (Ed.), Accountability of Policing (pp. 172-191). Routledge
- White A (2014) Politics, Economics and Security. In Gill M (Ed.), Handbook of Security (pp. 89-106). Palgrave Macmillan
- White A (2014) Beyond the Regulatory Gaze? Corporate Security, (In)visibility and the Modern State. In Lippert R & Walby K (Ed.), Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective (pp. 39-55). Palgrave Macmillan
- Fitzpatrick D & White A (2014) A Crisis of Regulation. In Hay C, Richards D & Smith M (Ed.), Institutional Crisis in Twenty-First-Century Britain (pp. 198-217). Palgrave Macmillan
- White A (2013) A State-in-Society Agenda. In White A (Ed.), The Everyday Life of the State: A State-in-Society Approach (pp. 1-13). University of Washington Press
- White A, Bohm A & Senior K (2012) The United Kingdom. In Bakker C & Sossai M (Ed.), Multilevel Regulation of Military and Security Contractors: The Interplay Between International, European and Domestic Norms (pp. 309-328). Hart