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Dr Zoe Alker BA (Hons) MA PhD FHEA

Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


Personal Statement

My research agenda centres on histories of crime and justice in the nineteenth century. Through digital analysis, and the use of a range of interdisciplinary social research techniques to recreate the lives, families, and neighbourhoods of Victorian offenders, my work uses historical data to inform contemporary criminal justice policy.

I was appointed as Lecturer in the Department in 2016, and prior to this, I was postdoctoral researcher on two leading digital crime history projects: Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London's Punishments, 1780-1925 (AHRC), and After Care: Youth Justice and its Impacts, 1855-1925 (Leverhulme). I'm keen to develop collaborations and take on postgraduate supervision in the following areas: Crime History, Big Data, Young Offenders and Youth Justice, Crime and the Life Course, and Digital Humanities.

Other Personal Distinctions

  • Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2013)