Dr Mark Bushell


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

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. Away from academia, I also have an active interest in music. Having played guitar for over thirty years, I have performed in bands throughout the UK music and festival scene.

Professional memberships and activities

  • British Society of Criminology
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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 Deviant Leisure
  • Migration
  • Social Harm
  • Critical Criminology
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