Dr Jonathan Davies


School of Justice, Security and Sustain

I am a Lecturer in Criminology. I joined Staffordshire University in July 2020 and teach in the areas of white-collar and corporate crime, organised crime, and criminological theory. My primary research interests include modern slavery and labour exploitation, as well as crimes of the powerful such as white-collar, corporate, state-corporate, and state crime.

In recent years, I have received funding to work on a number of projects: corporate social responsibility in the Finnish construction industry (ERC); anti-trafficking chains and corporate responsibility in UK construction (ERC); policing responses to modern slavery (British Academy – with UoM); a fraud vulnerability assessment of food supply chains in Eire (Food Safety Authority of Ireland).

I obtained my PhD on migrant labour exploitation in the UK agri-food industry from the University of Manchester in 2017. Prior to arriving at Staffordshire, I was a Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University (TraffLab), funded by the European Research Council. I have previously held research positions at the University of Manchester, as well as visiting research and teaching positions at the University of Sheffield, Wageningen University, and University of Turku / HEUNI (The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations).

I welcome any enquiries on postgraduate research and PhD supervision that are related to my research interests.

Professional memberships and activities

  • British Society of Criminology – member
  • European Society of Criminology – member

Academic qualifications

  • 2017 – Doctor of Philosophy, Migrant Labour Exploitation and Harm in UK Food Supply Chains, University of Manchester
  • 2012 – Master of Arts, Criminology, Coventry University
  • 2011 – Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Criminology, Coventry University

Research interests

  • Crimes of the powerful: white-collar, corporate, state-corporate, state crime
  • Social harm
  • Modern slavery and labour exploitation
  • Regulation and governance of markets
  • Organised crime
  • Food fraud



  • Transnational Organised Crime


  • Crimes of the Powerful: White-Collar, Corporate and State Crime
  • Transnational Justice and Organised Crime
  • Advanced Criminological Theory


Lord, N., Elizondo, C.F., Davies, J., and Spencer, J. (2021) 'Fault lines of food fraud: key issues in research and policy'. Crime, Law and Social Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10611-021-09983-w.

Davies, J. (2021) 'Labour exploitation and posted workers in the European construction industry'. In Lord, N., Inzelt, É., Huisman, W., and Faria, R. (eds.) European White-Collar Crime - Exploring the Nature of European Realities. Bristol: Bristol University Press, pp. 163-174.

Davies, J. (2021) 'Criminogenic dynamics of the construction industry: a state-corporate crime perspective'. Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime. DOI: 10.1177/2631309X211023055.

Spencer, J., and Davies, J. (2020) Vulnerabilities in dairy supply chains on the Island of Ireland. Dublin: Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Davies, J., and Lord, N. (2020) Book Review: Gray, A., and Hinch, R. (eds.) (2018) ‘A handbook of food crime: immoral and illegal practices in the food industry and what to do about them’. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, July 2020 [online] available from: https://clcjbooks.rutgers.edu/books/a-handbook-of-food-crime-immoral-and-illegal-practices-in-the-food-industry-and-what-to-do-about-them/.

Davies, J. (2020) ‘Criminological reflections on the regulation and governance of labour exploitation’. Trends in Organized Crime 23(1): 57-76.

Davies, J. (2020) ‘Corporate harm and embedded labour exploitation in food supply networks’. European Journal of Criminology 17(1): 70-85.

Davies, J. (2019) Book Review: Scott, S. (2017) ‘Labour exploitation and work-based harm’. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, May 2019 [online] available from: https://clcjbooks.rutgers.edu/books/labour-exploitation-and-work-based-harm/.

Davies, J., and Ollus, N. (2019) ‘Labour exploitation and human trafficking as corporate crime: supply chain activities in food production and cleaning services’. Crime, Law and Social Change 72(1): 87-106.

Davies, J. (2019) ‘Market dynamics of harm and labour exploitation’. In van Duyne, P.C., Serdyuk, A., Antonopoulus, G.A., Harvey, J.H., and von Lampe, K. (eds.) Constructing and Organising Crime in Europe. Kharkiv: Eleven International Publishing, pp123-148.

Davies, J. (2018) ‘From severe to routine labour exploitation: the case of migrant workers in the UK food industry’. Criminology & Criminal Justice 19(3): 294-310.

Davies, J. (2017) ‘Labour exploitation and migrant workers in UK food supply chains’. In Fletcher, S., and White, H. (eds.) Emerging Voices: Critical Social Research. European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control: EG Press, pp37-48.

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