Dr Oliver Smith

Dr Oliver Smith

Associate Professor (Reader) in Criminology

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


Themed research group leader: Crime, Justice and Society

Postgraduate research lead


Oliver is a criminologist and ethnographer with an interest in leisure, harm, consumerism and culture.

He is the author of ‘Contemporary adulthood and the night-time economy’, which uses the night time economy (NTE) as a lens through which to examine the relationship between global consumer culture and harms associated with the erosion of traditional forms of adult identity. He is a founding member of the Deviant Leisure group as well as the Critical Criminology sub-group of the British Society of Criminology.

BA Hons (1st Class) Sociology, University of York

MSc Criminology, Edinburgh

PhD, Sociology, University of York

Research interests

Deviant Leisure Consumer Culture Critical Criminology Night Time Economy (NTE)

Grants & contracts

Plymouth Community Research Award 2012/13. Eviction: Policy, Experience & Change w. Dr Dean Wilson

BA/Leverhulme 2014 Racialised Violence in the Night Time Economy w. Dr Chris Pac-Soo