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    Philosophical criminology; Christian ethics; Penal theory; Public theology; Aesthetic criminology


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    Andrew Millie is Professor of Criminology and Associate Head of the School of Law, Criminology and Policing, Edge Hill University. His research sits at the crossroads between criminology, philosophy and theology and aims to uncover the roots of criminological debates, and challenge conventional thinking in penal theory and ethics. 

    He is the author of 'Philosophical Criminology' (2016) and his latest book is 'Criminology and Public Theology: On Hope, Mercy and Restoration' (2021), a collection that brings together leading criminologists and theologians to challenge penal orthodoxy.

    Andrew is also known for research on policing, and he has just completed an ESRC-funded project on visible policing in partnership with colleagues from the Open University and Northumbria University.

    Research interests

    • Criminology and public theology
    • Philosophical criminology
    • Christian ethics
    • Penal theory
    • Aesthetic criminology
    • Policing


    • CRI3023 Crime and place
    • CRI3024 Criminology and philosophy

    External engagement

    Andrew is a Trustee/Director of the British Society of Criminology and sits on the society’s Executive as Chair of the Regional Groups and Specialist Networks Committee. He is a member of the Research Advisory Group for the Howard League for Penal Reform, has been on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology and Editor for Urban Studies. He is currently on the editorial board of Crime Prevention and Community Safety.

    He has also twice been a member of the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Review Group for Criminology, most recently in 2021-22 Chairing the criminology Curriculum Sub-Committee.

    Public/media engagement

    Visible Policing Documentary, in partnership with colleagues from the Open University and Northumbria University, 11 February 2022

    Turning away from retribution: How criminology might find inspiration in Christian theology, Transforming Society, 30 November 2020

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Other positions

    Trustee/Director, British Society of Criminology

    2020 → …

    Editorial Board, Crime Prevention and Community Safety

    2017 → …

    Series Editor, New Horizons in Criminology, Bristol University Press

    2014 → …

    Peer Review College, Economic & Social Research Council

    2010 → …

    Research Advisory Group, Howard League for Penal Reform

    2010 → …

    Visiting Fellow, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto


    Editor, Urban Studies


    Editorial Board, British Journal of Criminology


    Visiting Fellow, Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University



    • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    • Theology
    • Public theology
    • Christian ethics
    • Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • K Law
    • Criminology
    • Penal theory

    Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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    • Visible Policing

      Michael Rowe (Participant), Liam Ralph (Participant), ANDREW MILLIE (Participant) & Matthew Jones (Participant)

      11 Feb 2022

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