Dr Oliver Smith

Dr Oliver Smith

Associate Professor (Reader) in Criminology

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


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 are highlighted

Raymen TW & Smith O 2019 'Deviant Leisure: A Critical Criminological Perspective for the Twenty-First Century' Critical Criminology Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Raymen T & Smith O 2017 'Lifestyle gambling, indebtedness and anxiety: A deviant leisure perspective' Journal of Consumer Culture 146954051773655-146954051773655 , DOI PEARL
James ZC & smith O 2017 'Introduction to the Special Edition: Brexit Criminology' Safer Communities , DOI PEARL
Smith O & Raymen T 2016 'Deviant leisure: A criminological perspective' Theoretical Criminology 22, (1) 63-82 , DOI PEARL
Smith O & Raymen T 2015 'Shopping with violence: Black Friday sales in the British context' Journal of Consumer Culture , DOI PEARL
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 PEARL
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 , 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 27/02/2015 28/02/2015