Thomas Hilbig

Postgraduate Research Student 

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


Thomas Hilbig is a doctoral researcher interested in the fields of Criminology and Data Science. He previously graduated from the University of Liverpool with a B.A. in Criminology (first-class) in 2017 and a M.A. in Social Research Methods (distinction) in 2018.


Thomas’ research aims to explore violence in the night-time economy. In particular, he is interested in the spatial distribution of alcohol-related violence, the heterogeneity of alcohol consumption practices and the relative risk of violence within the night-time economy. Through his research, Thomas aims to expand the literature on methods such as data mining, machine learning and predictive modelling within the social sciences. He believes these methods, used in conjunction with open sources of data, offer novel opportunities for understanding the social world and ameliorating the issue of crime.

Thomas's Supervisors are: Carly Lightowlers, Peter Campbell and Phillip Brooker.

Thesis title

'Improving the Relative Risk Estimates of Violence in the Night-Time Economy'.