Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Mark Monaghan

Lecturer in Sociology, Social Policy and Crime

I have a degree in sociology from the University of Liverpool and completed my postgraduate studies here at Leeds. I work mainly in the area of social policy and crime, but my work is influenced by my background in sociology.

I am the Director of Student Education in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Research Interests

My primary research interests revolve around an analysis of ‘elites’. This has taken me in numerous directions. I have recently been published and I am preparing further research outputs on state crimes and crimes of the powerful. I have explored the influences and drivers of policy making looking at relationship between science and evidence in the making of drugs and welfare policies. Furthermore, I am interested in the interplay between the precautionary principle and evidence-based decision-making and theory and application of realist methods. 


I mainly teach on crime and related issues. I currently convene the Level One Module 'Deviance, Crime and Social Control' and the Level Two Module 'Drugs: Society, Policy and Politics'. At Level Three I co-convene (with Dr Simon Prideaux) a module on 'Organized Crime and Violence'. 

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise and I am keen to supervise potential students with an interest in the following areas:

  • Counter-terrorism policy
  • Drugs policy (international and domestic)
  • Crime and welfare
  • Health Crimes
  • The policy process and evidence-based policy making

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