Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

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.

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

Key Publications


  • Monaghan MP, Prideaux SJ, State Crime and Immorality: The Corrupting Influence of the Powerful (Bristol: Policy Press, 2016)

  • Monaghan MP, Evidence Versus Politics: Exploiting Research in UK Drug Policy-Making (Bristol: Policy Press, 2011)

Journal articles

  • Ingold J, Monaghan MP, ‘Evidence translation: an exploration of policy makers' use of evidence’, Policy and Politics: an international journal, 44.2 (2016), 171-190
    DOI: 10.1332/147084414X13988707323088
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83213/

  • Monaghan M, Hamilton I, Lloyd C, Paton K, ‘Cannabis matters? Treatment responses to increasing cannabis presentations in addiction services in England’, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 23.1 (2016), 54-61
    DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2015.1090398
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89640/

  • Monaghan M, Yeomans H, ‘Mixing drink and drugs: 'Underclass' politics, the recovery agenda and the partial convergence of English alcohol and drugs policy’, International Journal of Drug Policy 2015 (Accepted)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.02.005
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/94897/

  • Monaghan MP, ‘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
    DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.02.001
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/82719/

  • Hamilton I, Lloyd C, Monaghan MP, Paton K, ‘The emerging cannabis treatment population’, Drugs and Alcohol Today, 14.3 (2014), 150-153
    DOI: 10.1108/DAT-01-2014-0005
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/82720/

  • Manzano A, Monaghan M, Potrata B, Clayton M, ‘The invisible issue of organ laundering’, Transplantation, 98.6 (2014), 600-603
    DOI: 10.1097/TP.0000000000000333
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81408/

  • Monaghan MP, Wincup E, ‘Work and the journey to recovery: exploring the implications of welfare reform for methadone maintenance clients’, International Journal of Drug Policy 2013
    DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.08.006

  • Monaghan MP, Pawson R, Wicker K, ‘The Precautionary Principle and Evidence-Based Policy Making’, Evidence and Policy, 8.2 (2012), 171-191

  • Monaghan MP, ‘The Evolution of UK Drugs Policy: From Maintenance to Recovery?’, People, Place and Policy Online 2012

  • Monaghan MP, ‘The Complexity of Evidence: Reflections on Research Utilisation in a Heavily Politicised Policy Area’, Social Policy and Society, 9.1 (2010), 1-12
    DOI: 10.1017/S1474746409990157

  • Monaghan M, ‘The Evidence-Base in UK Drug Policy: The new rules of engagement’, Policy and Politics, 36.1 (2008), 145-150


  • Monaghan M, Cannabis Nation: Control and Consumption in Britain, 1928-2008, in JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY, ([n.pub.], 2013) 42.4: 844-846.
    DOI: 10.1017/S004727941300038X

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