Dr Bethan Loftus
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminal Justice
Bethan joined the School of Social Sciences in January 2016, having previously been the recipient of several grants and fellowships at the School of Law, University of Manchester (2011-2015), and the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford (2008-2011). She holds a PhD in Criminology (Keele University), an MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (Bangor University, received with distinction) and a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Bangor University, first class).
Her research interests lie in socio-legal and comparative understandings of policing and security. In particular: policing cultures, covert/undercover policing and surveillance; the operation and governance of private security; border enforcement; and the policing of social divisions. Bethan also has broad interests in crime and social exclusion under conditions of late modernity. She has conducted two major ethnographic field studies, both of which involved conducting prolonged observations of police officers as they went about their ordinary duties. She has been awarded approximately £600,000 in research grants from the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust, and won a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester where she conducted research on the policing of international borders. Bethan is the author of Police Culture in a Changing World (Oxford University Press) and articles in major journals. She is currently writing a monograph (with Professor Benjamin Goold and Dr. Shane Mac Giollabhui) on a pioneering ethnographic study of covert policing (under contract with Routledge). Bethan sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology and is the UK Reviews Editor for Theoretical Criminology.
- Normalizing covert surveillance: The Subterranean World of PolicingLoftus, B 2019, 'Normalizing covert surveillance: The Subterranean World of Policing', British Journal of Sociology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12651
- Private security as a moral dramaLöfstrand, CH, Loftus, B & Loader, I 2018, 'Private security as a moral drama: A tale of two scandals', Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 968-984. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2017.1348354
- Watching the watchersMac Giollabhui, S, Goold, B & Loftus, B 2016, 'Watching the watchers: Conducting ethnographic research on covert police investigation in the United Kingdom', Qualitative Research, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 630-645. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794115622529
- Revisiting the classicsLoftus, B 2016, 'Revisiting the classics: S. Holdaway (1983) Inside the British police: a force at work', Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 26, no. 6, 6, pp. 713-720. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2016.1203573
- From a Visible Spectacle to an Invisible Presence: The Working Culture of Covert PolicingLoftus, B, Goold, B & Mac Giollabhui, S 2016, 'From a Visible Spectacle to an Invisible Presence: The Working Culture of Covert Policing', British Journal of Criminology, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 629-645. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azv076
- Policing assemblages and the vulnerable borderLoftus, B 2015, 'Policing assemblages and the vulnerable border', European Journal of Policing Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 238-254.
- Doing ‘dirty work’: Stigma and esteem in the private security industryLöfstrand, CH, Loftus, B & Loader, I 2015, 'Doing ‘dirty work’: Stigma and esteem in the private security industry', European Journal of Criminology, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370815615624
- Border regimes and the sociology of policingLoftus, B 2015, 'Border regimes and the sociology of policing', Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 115-125. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2013.802788
- Policing and the Surveillance of the MarginalO'Neill, M & Loftus, B 2013, 'Policing and the Surveillance of the Marginal: Everyday contexts of social control', Theoretical Criminology, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 437-454. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480613495084
- Covert Surveillance and the Invisibilities of PolicingLoftus, B & Goold, B 2012, 'Covert Surveillance and the Invisibilities of Policing', Criminology and Criminal Justice, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 275-289. https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895811432014
- Police Culture in a Changing WorldLoftus, B 2010, Police Culture in a Changing World. Clarendon Studies in Criminology , Oxford University Press, Oxford .
- Police Occupational CultureLoftus, B 2010, 'Police Occupational Culture: Classic Themes, Altered Times', Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439460903281547
- Dominant Culture InterruptedLoftus, B 2008, 'Dominant Culture Interrupted: Recognition, Resentment and the Politics of Change in an English Police Force', British Journal of Criminology, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 778-797. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azn065
- Policing the ‘Irrelevant’Loftus, B 2007, Policing the ‘Irrelevant’: Class, Diversity and Contemporary Police Culture. in M O'Neill, M Marks & A-M Singh (eds), Police Culture: New Debates and Directions. Sociology of Crime Law and Deviance, vol. 8, Elsevier Press, Oxford , pp. 181-204.