Dr Oliver Smith

Dr Oliver Smith

Associate Professor (Reader) in Criminology

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Oliver can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Crime statistics
  • Alcohol and the night time economy


Associate Head of School (Research)


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



Teaching interests

I teach across a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels



Research interests

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



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Nicklin LL, Spicer SG, Close J, Parke J, Smith O, Rayman T, Lloyd H & Lloyd J (2021) 'It’s the attraction of winning that draws you in” – A qualitative investigation of reasons and facilitators for videogame loot box engagement in UK gamers' Journal of Clinical Medicine , DOI Open access
Smith O & Brisman A (2021) 'Plastic Waste and the Environmental Crisis Industry' Critical Criminology 29, 289-309 , DOI Open access
Raymen TW & Smith O (2019) 'Deviant Leisure: A Critical Criminological Perspective for the Twenty-First Century' Critical Criminology Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Raymen T & Smith O (2017) 'Lifestyle gambling, indebtedness and anxiety: A deviant leisure perspective' Journal of Consumer Culture 20, (4) 381-399 , DOI Open access
James ZC & smith O (2017) 'Introduction to the Special Edition: Brexit Criminology' Safer Communities , DOI Open access
Smith O & Raymen T (2016) 'Deviant leisure: A criminological perspective' Theoretical Criminology 22, (1) 63-82 , DOI Open access
Smith O & Raymen T (2015) 'Shopping with violence: Black Friday sales in the British context' Journal of Consumer Culture , DOI Open access
Raymen T & Smith OJC (2015) 'What’s Deviance Got to Do with It? Black Friday Sales, Violence and Hyper-Conformity' British Journal of Criminology , DOI Open access
Smith OJC (2013) 'Holding back the beers: maintaining 'youth' identity within the British night-time leisure economy' Journal of Youth Studies n/a, , DOI
Atkinson R & Smith OJC (2012) 'An economy of false securities? An analysis of murders inside gated residential developments in the United States' Crime Media Culture 8, (2) 161-172 , DOI
Raymen T & Smith O (2019) Deviant Leisure Criminological Perspectives on Leisure and Harm. Palgrave Macmillan
Smith OJC (2014) Contemporary Adulthood and the Night-Time Economy. Palgrave Macmillan Leisure Studies in a Global Era , DOI
Smith O (2019) 'Luxury, Tourism and Harm: A Deviant Leisure Perspective' in Smith O; Raymen T Deviant Leisure: Criminological Perspectives on Leisure and Harm Palgrave Macmillan 305-323 , DOI
Smith O (2019) 'Luxury, Tourism and Harm: A Deviant Leisure Perspective' Deviant Leisure Springer International Publishing 305-323 , DOI
Smith OJC (2017) 'Binge Drinking: Deviant Leisure and Consumer Culture' Routledge Handbook on Deviance Routledge 143-154
Hayward K & Smith O (2017) 'Crime and consumer culture' in liebling A; maruna S; McAra L The Oxford Handbook of Criminology Oxford University Press 306-328
Smith OJC (2015) 'Growing up, Going out: Adult cultural and aesthetic attachment to the Night Time Economy' Drinking Dilemmas: Space, Culture and Identity. Routledge
Smith OJC (2014) 'Binge Drinking' in Atkinson R Shades of Deviance Routledge
Smith OJC (2014) 'Cheating' Shades of Deviance: A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm Oxon Routledge
Smith OJC (2013) 'Easy Money: Cultural Narcissism and the Criminogenic Markets of the Night Time Economy' in Winlow S; Atkinson R New Directions in Crime and Deviancy Routledge
Conference Papers
Smith OJC (2015) 'Qualitative research in the Night Time Economy' Alcohol Explorations. BSA Alcohol Studies Group London 2-/-0/20152-/-0/2015