Dr Matthew Bacon

Dr Matthew Bacon

Lecturer in Criminolgy

Matthew Bacon is a a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law in Sheffield University. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2012. For his doctoral research, which was funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), he carried out an ethnographic study of police detectives, drug law enforcement and proactive investigation. Before joining the School of Law he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester on a project looking at the contractual governance of drug users.

Matthew is a member of the international board of reviewers and a guest-editor for the Journals of Police Studies, a quarterly series that aims at publishing high-quality contributions about policing issues and phenomena that are of interest to the police. He is also an academic correspondent within the editorial advisory board of the forthcoming European Journal of Policing Studies.

He is an active member of the European GERN-network. Matthew participated in the seminar series of a work package in the framework GERN-project CRIMPREV, realised in the 6th framework program of the EU, on the informal economy and its connections with organised crime.


Publications by Dr Matthew Bacon

  • Bacon M (2013) The informal regulation of an illegal trade: The hidden politics of drugs detective work.
  • Bacon M (2013) Dancing Around Drugs. Policing the Illegal Drug Markets of the Night-Time Economy in England and Wales In Ponsaers P, Saitta P & Shapland J (Ed.), Formal, Informal and Criminal Economy: An Outlook on Northern and Southern Europe (pp. 261-283)