Dr Michael McCahill

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Education and Social Sciences


01482 465715

Michael McCahill teaches criminology and his research focuses on the social impact of ‘new surveillance’ technologies.

He has published widely on the topic of surveillance, including two prize-winning monographs.

These are The Surveillance Web (2002), winner of the 2003 British Society of Criminology Book Prize, and Surveillance, Capital and Resistance (2014), winner of the 2015 Surveillance Studies Network Book Prize.


Research Interests

  • Surveillance

  • Criminology

  • Sociology

  • Media studies

Research groups

  • Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCCJ)

  • British Society of Criminology

  • Surveillance Studies Network


McCahill M, The Surveillance Web: The Rise of Visual Surveillance in an English City, Devon: Willan (2002)

Coleman R and McCahill M, Surveillance and Crime, London: Sage (2011)

McCahill M and Finn R L, Surveillance, Capital and Resistance: Theorising the Surveillance Subject, Abingdon: Routledge (2014)

Norris C and McCahill M, ‘CCTV: Beyond Penal Modernism?’, British Journal of Criminology, 46(1), pp 97-118 (2006)

McCahill M, ‘Theorising Surveillance in the UK Crime Control Field’, Media and Communication, special issue ‘Surveillance: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges’, Schwoch J, Laprise J and Mills I (eds), 3(2), pp 10-20 (2015)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Development of Criminological Theory

  • Surveillance and Social Control

  • Crime in Late Modernity

  • Doing Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Research PhDs

Michael welcomes applicants in the following areas: surveillance and social control; surveillance, crime and media; ethnographic research on surveillance subjects or agents.

Completed PhDs

  • Abdullah Algarni, PhD in criminology, funding: King Fahd College, Riyadh, completed 2012 (principal supervisor)

  • Nicky O’Leary, PhD in criminology, funding: self-funded, completed 2011 (principal supervisor)

  • Ibrahim Al-haider, PhD in criminology, funding: King Fahd College, Riyadh, completed 2010 (principal supervisor)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Suki Desai, PhD in sociology, The Social Impact of CCTV Surveillance Cameras in Three Mental Health Wards, self-funded (principal supervisor)

  • Tom Hammond, PhD in sociology, University of Hull full-time UK/EU PhD scholarship on Surveillance, Migration and Identity in Brexit Britain (principal supervisor)

  • Jade Hinchliffe, 'The Representation of Surveillance and Social Sorting in Contemporary Dystopian Fiction', PhD Studentship on the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH), led by the University of Hull (principal supervisor)

  • Kathryn Blance, 'Race and Surveillance in the Digital Age', PhD Studentship on The Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies: Race and Surveillance in a Digital Age (joint supervisor)

Teaching awards and accolades

  •  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Sociology of Visual Surveillance, University of Hull (2000)

  • MA Criminology, University of Hull (1995)

  • BA (Hons) Sociology, first class, University of Hull (1994)

External roles

  • College Member of the ESRC Peer Review College, July (2010-2012). Membership renewed (2012- )

Awards and accolades

  • Winner of the 2003 British Society of Criminology Book Prize forThe Surveillance Web (2002), Cullompton: Willan

  • Winner of the 2015 Surveillance Studies Network Book Prize forSurveillance, Capital and Resistance (2014), London: Routledge