Dr. Martin O'Brien

Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Lancashire Law School

Livesey House, LH315

+44 (0) 1772 89 3095

Subject Areas: Criminology, Sociology

Dr. Martin O'Brien completed his PhD in Sociology at Lancaster University in 1989.

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Martin is happy to supervise students across a wide range of topics and has a particular interest in projects that combine theoretical and empirical analysis.

Martin's research interests are many and varied. He has published on social theory and social research, social policy, environmental sociology, criminological theory and crime and culture. He is the author (with Sue Penna) of Theorising Welfare: Enlightenment and Modern Society (Sage, 1998) and an editor of Integrating and Articulating Environments: A Challenge for Northern and Southern Europe (Swets & Zeitlinger, 2003).

He was awarded the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for his article 'What is Cultural about Cultural Criminology', British Journal of Criminology, 45 (5): 599-612 (2005). He is currently preparing a chapter on ecological crime and an undergraduate guide to criminology (co-authored with Majid Yar) titled Criminology: The Key Concepts (Routledge). He is currently engaged in empirical research on violent first time offenders and vehicle crime.

His thesis investigated the rise of correctionalism in policing, health and social services. He has worked at the Open University, the University of Surrey, Derby University and Lancaster University.


O-Brien, Martin Anthony (2013) The Deviance of the Zookeepers. International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 6 (4). pp. 81-91. ISSN 1916-2782

O-Brien, Martin Anthony (2011) Criminal Degradations of Consumer Culture. In: Global Harms. Ecological crime and speciesism. NOVA Publishers, Oslo, pp. 35-50. ISBN 978-1-60456-770-0

O-Brien, Martin Anthony (2011) A Crisis of Waste? Understanding the Rubbish Society. Routledge Advances in Sociology . Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 978-0-415-96098-4

O-Brien, Martin Anthony and Penna, Sue (2008) Social Exclusion in Europe: Some conceptual issues. The International Journal of Social Welfare, 17 (1). pp. 84-92. ISSN 1369-6866

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