Dr Luke Telford


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I am a Lecturer in Criminology and active social researcher. I achieved a first in Criminology in Youth Studies at Teesside University and a Distinction in Social Research Methods (Criminology) at Durham University. I obtained my PhD in February 2021 which was about the rise of nationalism in a deindustrialised locale, and I am currently turning this into a monograph with Routledge. I have an emerging research profile which includes a forthcoming co-authored book on Researching the Covid-19 pandemic with Policy Press and journal article publications on deindustrialisation in Competition & Change; deindustrialisation and social harm in Critical Criminology; the sociological reasons underpinning Brexit in a post-industrial locale in Capital & Class,and on Covid-19 and the potential for social change which utilised online methods to study the impact of lockdown on peoples’ lives in the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. Although my projects to date have principally utilised intensive qualitative methods, I have received mixed methods and quantitative methods training as part of my ESRC PhD scholarship and MA in Social Research Methods (Criminology focussed) at Durham University. 

Professional memberships and activities

  • British Society of Criminology
  • British Sociological Assocation
  • (de)industrial Kent

Academic qualifications

  • ESRC funded PhD: The New English Nationalism: Class, Culture and the Politics of the Future: An Ethnographic Case Study of a Post-industrial Northern Town – September 2017 – ongoing (passed viva on September 1st and currently doing the minor corrections) – Teesside University
  • MA in Social Research Methods (Criminology) – Distinction – Durham University
  • BSc Criminology and Youth Studies – First – Teesside University
  • EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) - Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction – Prior Pursglove College


  • Political Economy
  • Working-class culture
  • Post-war capitalism to neoliberalism
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • Politics

Research interests

  • Working-class culture
  • Nationalism
  • Labour Markets
  • Illicit Substances
  • Consumer Culture


Undergraduate modules taught include:

Case Studies in Criminal Justice

Introduction to Project Design and Research Practice

Introduction to Research Skills

Discovering Qualitative Research Methods

Global Sociology 1

Doing Drugs: Policing Illegal Drug Use

Media, Representation & Society

New Directions in Criminology

Theories of Crime & Justice



Postgraduate modules taught include:

Researching Crime & Society

Advanced Sociological Theory

Advanced Criminological Theory




Journal Articles

Briggs, D Telford, L Ellis, A Lloyd, A & Kotze, J (2021) Closing the door on protection? Exploring the impact of lockdown upon children and young people's services in the UK. Youth Voice Journal. 114-126. https://www.rj4allpublications.com/yvj-special-issue-critical-youth-voices-on-the-covid-19-pandemic-international-perspectives/

Ellis, A Telford, L Lloyd, A & Briggs, D (2021) For the Greater Good: Sacrificial Violence and the Coronavirus Pandemic. Journal of Contemporary Crime, Harm, Ethics. 1(1): 1-22. https://www.northumbriajournals.co.uk/index.php/jcche/issue/view/102

Briggs, D Telford, L Lloyd, A & Ellis, A (2021) Working, living and dying in COVID times: Perspectives from frontline adult social care workers in the UK. Safer Communities. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/SC-04-2021-0013/full/html

Telford, L & Briggs, D (2021) Targets and Overwork: Neoliberalism and the maximization of profitability from the workplace. Capital & Class. 1-18. https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/8NC82TTGDZ6MP6QNRQBF/full

Telford, L (2021) 'There is nothing there': Deindustrialization and loss in a coastal town. Competition & Change. Online First: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/10245294211011300

Ellis, A Briggs, D Lloyd, A & Telford, L (2021) A ticking time bomb of future harm: lockdown, child abuse and future violence. Abuse: An International Impact Journal. 2(1): 37-48 -https://threequayspublishing.com/product/a-ticking-time-bomb-of-future-harm-lockdown-child-abuse-and-future-violence/

Briggs D Ellis A Lloyd A & Telford L (2020) New hope or old futures in disguise? Neoliberalism, the Covid-19 pandemic and the possibility for social change. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. Online First: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJSSP-07-2020-0268/full/html

Telford L & Lloyd A (2020) From “Infant Hercules” to “Ghost Town”: Industrial collapse and social harm in Teesside. Critical Criminology. 1-17 Online First: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10612-020-09523-3

Telford L & Wistow J (2019) Brexit and the working class on Teesside: Moving beyond reductionism. Capital & Class. 1-20 Online First: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0309816819873310


Briggs, D Telford, L Ellis, A Lloyd, A & Kotze, J (2021) Lockdown: Social Harm in the Covid-19 Era. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Briggs, D Ellis, A Lloyd, A & Telford, L (2021) Researching the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Critical Blueprint for the Social Sciences. Bristol: Policy Press. 

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020