Dr Jon Burnett

Dr Jon Burnett

Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Criminology, Sociology and Policing


  • BA (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • MA (University of Leeds)
  • PhD / DPhil (University of Leeds)


Jon Burnett is a lecturer in Criminology, joining Hull in August 2022 from Swansea University. His research focuses on and interrogates carcerality, political economies of work and punishment, and state violence and state racism. He has published extensively in a range of academic as well as non-academic fora.

Jon has previously worked at Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS), Medical Justice and the Institute of Race Relations. He has been a witness at the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples, and is a former co-editor of Justice, Power and Resistance: an international, peer-reviewed journal promoting critical analysis and connecting theory, politics and activism. In 2023 he was awarded an ISRF political economy fellowship, expanding on themes developed in his monograph Work and the Carceral State (2022).

Research Design and Methodology

Contemporary Crime: Theories and Practice

Doing Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Global Detention: Custody, Imprisonment and Human Rights

Immigration Control: Carcerality and Confinement

Recent outputs

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Work and the Carceral State

Burnett, J. (2022). Work and the Carceral State. London: Pluto Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv2724535

Book Chapter

Immigration Control, Mystification and the Carceral Continuum

Burnett, J. (2024). Immigration Control, Mystification and the Carceral Continuum. In D. G. Scott, & J. Sim (Eds.), Demystifying Power, Crime and Social Harm The Work and Legacy of Steven Box. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-46213-9_11

Journal Article

Wage Theft and the Contours of Accumulation

Burnett, J., & Chebe, F. (in press). Wage Theft and the Contours of Accumulation. Justice, power and resistance, 7(1), https://doi.org/10.1332/26352338Y2024D000000009

Immigration Raids and State Violence

Bhatia, M., & Burnett, J. (2022). Immigration Raids and State Violence. State Crime Journal, 11(1), 33-51. https://doi.org/10.13169/statecrime.11.1.0033


Situating Immigration Fees in 21st Century Britain

Burnett, J. (2022). Situating Immigration Fees in 21st Century Britain. London: Trust For London

Research interests

Criminalisation, Punishment, Border/State violence, Immigration Control, Carcerality, Work, Exploitation, Inequality and Class, Political Economy

Postgraduate supervision

I am very happy to hear from potential students interested in PhD study, and in particular with regard to any of the above areas.

Current PhD students at the University of Hull:

Tori German-Gilbert (2022-present)

Charity role

Migrant Voice


Steering Group member of campaign against extortionate visa fees: visa fees - the real cost

Migrant Action


Member of Management Committee

Medical Justice

2010 - 2013

Member of Management Committee

Journal editorial role

Co-Editor: Justice, Power and Resistance

2019 - 2024

Co-Editor of Justice, Power and Resistance, an international, peer-reviewed journal promoting critical analysis and connecting theory, politics and activism. Working towards social justice, state accountability and decarceration, the journal is primarily a vehicle to make accessible and advance challenging research and scholarship that can be utilised to critically inform contemporary debates and policies.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

ISRF Political Economy Fellow


Fellow of the HEA


European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control