Dr Simon Green

Professor Simon Green

Professor of Criminology & Victimology / Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education Office


  • BSc (Kingston University)
  • MA (University of Hull)
  • PhD (University of Hull)


I studied Sociology at Kingston University before moving to Hull to undertake my MA and PhD in Criminology. I spent two years as a research officer on a Home Office funded burglary reduction project in the North England before becoming Lecturer in Community Justice and Criminology in 2001. This role was externally funded by the Home Office and focused on training probation officers across the Yorkshire and Humberside region (as well as in Wales). In 2003, I was appointed the Hull University Director for the Yorkshire and Humberside Probation Training Consortium during which time I was part of a team that successfully moved the training provision from face-to-face to online delivery and subsequently won a second government training contract that ran until 2010.

In 2009 I moved into a mainstream teaching and research position. Since then I have been the Director of UG, PGT and PGR Criminology and in these roles introduced new degrees in: BA (hons) Criminology and Sociology; BSc (hons) Criminology with Forensic Science, MA Restorative Justice (online), MA Criminal Justice and Crime Control.

In 2014 I was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Social Sciences and in 2016 became Subject Head of Social Sciences. Since 2018 I have been Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education (FACE).

Since becoming Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise in 2018 I have had a reduced teaching load. In general, my areas of teaching expertise are in: restorative justice, victimology, police investigation, criminological theory, social theory, crime and deviance, criminal justice politics.

In the first part of my career, I spent many years delivering criminal justice modules to probation trainees and have significant experience of developing and delivering online distance taught courses in partnership with other universities and training providers.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Victim-focused work with offenders

Green, S. (2019). Victim-focused work with offenders. In P. Ugwudike, H. Graham, F. McNeill, P. Raynor, F. S. Taxman, & C. Trotter (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice (502-513). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315102832

The impact of crime: victimisation, harm and resilience

Green, S., & Pemberton, A. (2017). The impact of crime: victimisation, harm and resilience. In S. Walklate (Ed.), Handbook of Victims and Victimology (77-102). (2nd). Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315712871-6

Journal Article

Circles of analysis: a systemic model of child criminal exploitation

Barlow, C., Kidd, A., Green, S. T., & Darby, B. (in press). Circles of analysis: a systemic model of child criminal exploitation. Journal of Children's Services, https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-04-2021-0016

A New Approach for Researching Victims: the 'Strength-Growth-Resilience' Framework

Green, S., Calverley, A., & O’Leary, N. (in press). A New Approach for Researching Victims: the ‘Strength-Growth-Resilience’ Framework. The British journal of criminology, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azaa093

Story-telling as memorialisation: suffering, resilience and victim identities

Green, S. T., Kondor, K., & Kidd, A. (in press). Story-telling as memorialisation: suffering, resilience and victim identities. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 10(3), 563-583. https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1122

Research interests

My doctoral research critically investigated how different types of community become involved in crime control strategies. Combining social theory, crime prevention, community justice and cultural criminology, my book 'Crime, Community and Morality' (2015) provides a new theory of rule-breaking and an analysis of the risks of involving victims in penal decision-making. My most recent publication is: A New Approach for Researching Victims: The 'Strength-Growth-Resilience' Framework in the British Journal of Criminology available at: https://academic.oup.com/bjc/advance-article/doi/10.1093/bjc/azaa093/6130762

My ongoing research interests revolve around the intersection of victimology, community justice, power, agency and exploitation. In particular, I am interested in narrative / cultural victimology and how people construct their self-identity in the aftermath of victimisation. These interests have led me to increasingly research the victims of modern slavery and exploitation; gender-based violence and victim resilience.

I am currently the Chair of a 35 country EU-funded COST Action CA18121: Cultures of Victimology: Understanding processes of victimisation across Europe (CoVE) and Project lead on the Police and University Network of Knowledge (PUNK) funded by HEIF. I have previously been funded by the Home Office, ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme, National Lottery and Technology Strategy Board (KTP).

Alongside my victimological research, I am heavily involved in developing Knowledge Exchange and am co-lead (with Brennan and Treloar) on the Humberside Police Academic Partnership (H-PAC). In this capacity I am working with colleagues in Computer Science to develop a predictive policing app (iBrief) and VR crime scene and domestic violence de-escalation training scenarios.

Postgraduate supervision

I am very interested in supervising doctoral students in the areas of: victimology, exploitation, contemporary slavery, reducing re-offending, restorative justice and community justice more generally

Completed PhD students:

Nicola O'Leary, (PhD Criminology) Negotiating Collective Identities: crime, the media and victim communities.

Kathy Kondor (PhD Criminology), Flying the Árpád Flag: The extreme right in Hungary and the revival of the Hungarism movement.

Alicia Kidd (PhD Social Justice), The Dynamics of Contemporary Slavery and Conflict: agency, asylum and accountability.

Craig Barlow (PhD Criminology), Forced Criminal Exploitation of Children: prevention, prosecution and punishment.

Chloe Wilson (PhD Law), Human Trafficking: Identification, Referral and Rehabilitation. ‘Every Victim Matters’.

Current PhD students:

Loria-Mae Heywood (PhD Law), Forced Criminal Exploitation of Children: a comparative study of Nigeria, Albania and Vietnam.

Charlotte Russell (PhD Criminology) Child trafficking and vulnerability in refugee camps.

Rajib Mustofa (PhD Sociology and Social Anthropology) Exploitation and trafficking of transgender communities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Bethany Darby (PhD Criminology): County Lines: Protecting Children from Organised Crime Groups.

Isabel Arce Zelada (PhD Criminology) Victim Testimonies: stories, courts and justice.