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Bill Dixon

Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Bill grew up in Northumberland in the north-east of England. He graduated with a BA in Law from Oxford University (Worcester College) and has an MA in Criminal Justice and a PhD from Brunel University. After working for third sector organisations in India and the UK, in local government, and as a researcher for the Law Society and the Police Foundation, Bill has held academic posts at Brunel University, the University of Cape Town and Keele University. He was appointed as Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Nottingham in July 2014.

Expertise Summary

Bill has particular expertise in policing and crime, crime control and criminal justice in South Africa.

Teaching Summary

Bill has taught on criminology and criminal justice programmes at six universities in three countries. His current responsibilities include convening or contributing to the following modules:

  • Exploring Criminology (Year 1 Undergraduate)
  • Police, Policing and the Police (Year 2 Undergraduate)
  • Another Country: Crime and Crime Control in South Africa (Year 3 Undergraduate)
  • Criminology: Questioning Theories (MA Criminology)
  • Research Methods and Research Management in Criminology (MA Criminology)
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Criminology (MA Criminology)
  • Dissertation in Criminology (MA Criminology)

Research Summary

Bill's current research interests are in crime, crime control and the development of criminology in post-apartheid South Africa. His most recent work has been on the background to the shooting of 34… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Bill's current research interests are in crime, crime control and the development of criminology in post-apartheid South Africa. His most recent work has been on the background to the shooting of 34 striking miners at Marikana in South Africa's North West Province on 16 August 2012. He has also done research on the role, governance and impact of police independent advisory groups in England and Wales.

Past Research

Bill has done research in the past on a range of subjects including:

  • The governance and accountability of London's Metropolitan Police
  • Innovations in policing including sector policing (in London and South Africa) and problem-solving policing at 'hotspot' locations'
  • Crime, policing and police reform in post-apartheid South Africa
  • Context and motive in racially motivated offending

Future Research

Bill's future research will be on the evidence presented to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the shooting of 34 striking miners at Marikana on 16th August 2012 and what it tells us about the governance of the police in contemporary South Africa. He also has plans to publish on police independent advisory groups.

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