Dr Mark Bushell


Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Having worked in higher education since 2013, I have significant experience and expertise as an educator and researcher in the field of criminology and social sciences. I attained my PhD in 2021, which examined the lived experiences of migrant workers in Northeast England’s nocturnal service industry.

I have lectured at Sunderland, Northumbria, Teesside, and Arden Universities to both undergraduate and postgraduate student cohorts. I also have experience supervising student projects up to and including doctoral level. My current research interests include the night-time economy, 21st century cultures of work, violence, and social harm.

Professional memberships and activities

  • British Society of Criminology
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • British Academy Early Career Researcher Network (Midlands)


Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Criminology – ‘Probing the Urban Night: A harm-based study of Migrant Workers in the Northeast Night-time Economy’
  • PGCE (Post Compulsory Education and Training)
  • MA Criminology
  • BSc (hons) Psychology



  • Night-time economy and Nocturnal Leisure
  • Social Harm
  • Cultures of Work Violence

Research interests

Current research interests include violence against workers in the public sphere, neighbourhood crime and the developing theoretical/philosophical contexts of social harm. 


Bushell, M. (2022) ‘No time for Rest: An Exploration of Migrant Workers and their Relationship with Sleep in the Northeast Night-time Economy (NTE). Critical Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10612-022-09655-8

Telford, L., Bushell, M. and Hodgkinson, O. (2022) ‘Passport to neoliberal normality? A critical exploration of COVID-19 vaccine passports.’ Journal of Contemporary Crime, Harm, and Ethics, 2(1), pp.42-61. https://doi.org/10.19164/jcche.v2i1.1224

Bushell, M. (2022) International Migration. In Atkinson, R. and Wykes, T. (eds) Shades of Deviance. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 255-258 


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021