Dr Thomas Raymen
Lecturer in Criminology
Plymouth School of Law (Faculty of Business)
Thomas Raymen is a lecturer in criminology at Plymouth University since October 2015. Since 2016, he has been the MSc Criminology programme lead.
Thomas is a member of the British Society of Criminology and the European Society of Criminology. He serves on the steering group for the BSC Critical Criminology Committee. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the Deviant Leisure Research Network and a member of the emerging Extreme Anthropology Research Network.
Thomas teaches on a variety of modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. In 1st Year he teaches on the team-taught introductory module CCJS1109 Crime in Context. In 2nd year he teaches on the core module CCJS2115 Crime, Theory, Culture, and the elective module CCJS2124 Inside-Out: Crime and Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the programme lead for the MSc Criminology, teaching on CRIM714 Criminology Theory and CRIM739, Crime, Culture and Global Society.
Thomas has a wide and varied range of cross-disciplinary interests which span the fields of criminology, leisure studies, moral and political philosophy, cultural geography and urban studies. The vast majority of Thomas' research focuses on a criminological exploration of the deviant leisure perspective. Namely, the normalised harms that emerge from commodified leisure in consumer capitalism. In particular, existing research has focused on urban lifestyle sports, gambling, and various forms of interpersonal and environmental violence in commodified leisure. At present, Thomas' research has moved toward moral philosophy in order to develop a fully adequate theory of social harm.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Thomas is currently supervising three PhD students in the department of criminology and criminal justice studies:
Raymen, T. (2019) ‘Slavery and Dark Tourism: A Deviant LeisurePerspective’. In T. Linnemann, T. Kindynis, and M. Fiddler (Eds) Ghost Criminology. New York UniversityPress.
Raymen, T. (2018) ‘Lifestyle Gambling and Accelerated Culture’ in T.Raymen and O. Smith (Eds) DeviantLeisure: Perspectives on Consumerism and Harm in the 21st Century.London. Palgrave.
Raymen, T. (2018) ‘The Paradox of Parkour’ in T. Raymen and O. Smith(Eds) Deviant Leisure: Perspectives onConsumerism and Harm in the 21st Century. London. Palgrave.Raymen, T. and Smith,O. (2018) ‘Killing Paradise: Tourism, Leisure and Environmental Harm’ in S.Halland J. Armitage (Eds) Luxury and Crime.Routledge