Dr Mark Monaghan
Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy
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.
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'.
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
State Crime and Immorality: The Corrupting Influence of the Powerful (Bristol: Policy Press, 2015) (Accepted),
Evidence Versus Politics: Exploiting Research in UK Drug Policy-Making (Bristol: Policy Press, 2011),
‘Cannabis matters? Treatment responses to increasing cannabis presentations in addiction services in England’, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 23.1 (2016), 54-61,
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89640/
‘Drug Policy Governance in the UK: Lessons from changes to and debates concerning the classification of cannabis under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act’, International Journal of Drug Policy, 25.5 (2014), 1025-1030,
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/82719/
‘Evidence translation: an exploration of policymakers' use of evidence’, Policy and Politics: an international journal 2014 (Accepted),
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83213/
‘Work and the journey to recovery: exploring the implications of welfare reform for methadone maintenance clients’, International Journal of Drug Policy 2013,
‘The Evolution of UK Drugs Policy: From Maintenance to Recovery?’, People, Place and Policy Online 2012,
‘The Precautionary Principle and Evidence-Based Policy Making’, Evidence and Policy, 8.2 (2012), 171-191,
‘The Complexity of Evidence: Reflections on Research Utilisation in a Heavily Politicised Policy Area’, Social Policy and Society, 9.1 (2010), 1-12,
‘The Evidence-Base in UK Drug Policy: The new rules of engagement’, Policy and Politics, 36.1 (2008), 145-150,
Cannabis Nation: Control and Consumption in Britain, 1928-2008, in JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY, ([n.pub.], 2013) 42.4: 844-846.,