Grace Gallacher


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I am lecturer in criminology at Staffordshire University. However, my background is quite varied. I have worked in various management and leadership positions in both the public and the private sector.

My academic background is again somewhat varied. I completed an HND (higher national diploma) before gaining a first class honours in sociology. I completed an MSc in Criminology and, some years later, a PhD. I have always had a plethora of interests within the social sciences including, politics, psychology, sociology and criminology. I believe that a good understanding of criminology will touch upon all of these disciplines.

Because of my varied route into academia, I am also very interested in making academia accessible to all and I like to find ways to make the underpinning theory accessible and relatiable to those wishing to pursue it. Therefore, I am very interested in the way and the how things are taught and learnt.

My criminological background is in the study of everyday hidden harms within society and how we can start to unpick these and relate them to some of the wider movements in society. I also have a keen interest in modern life and social media, and the harms associated with these.

Professional memberships and activities

  • British Society of Criminology (BSC) member
  • BSC chair for Postgraduate Committee 

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, ‘The Neoliberal Game: A Critical analysis of children’s non competitive grassroots football’, University of Plymouth.
  • MSC in Criminology, Teesside University.
  • BSC Sociology (Hons), Teesside University.
  • HND Social Sciences, Teesside University. 


  • Contemporary criminological theory
  • Devaint Leisure
  • Sport Criminology
  • Social Harm 

Research interests

  • Social harms
  • Embedded harms
  • Contemporary theory


  • Research skills and methods
  • Research project supervision
  • Criminological theory
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Personal development portfolios


Gallacher, G. (2020). ‘Sporting Success? A critical analysis of the neoliberalisation of children’s grassroots football’, Antigone

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