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About James Heydon

In September 2013, James was awarded a White Rose Scholarship to complete his PhD research at the University of Sheffield. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and rooted in the then-emerging field of Green Criminology, this provided an in-depth investigation into the regulatory mechanism governing the Canadian oil sands. At the same time, James was seminar tutor for the Understanding Criminology module at levels 4 and 6, and Online Mentor for the University of Sheffield’s Massive Open Online Course, Crime, Justice and Society. While conducting his PhD research, James worked as a research assistant on two human rights projects. The first focused on nation-state compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, while the second investigated the compliance of private military and security companies with the same set of standards. In 2016, James joined Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer in criminology where he taught across seven undergraduate modules. During this time he won two awards; the Inspirational Teaching Award and the University Award. In 2018 he joined the College of Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln where he splits his time between teaching and conducting research into environmental crime and harm. James is a founding member and current Chair of the British Society of Criminology's Green Criminology Research Network.

Department Responsibilities

-- Level One Year Tutor for the School of Social and Political Sciences -- Module Leader for the level three module Crimes of the Powerful. -- Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervisor

Subject Specialism

Green criminology, crimes of the powerful, harm, environmental victimisation and air pollution.


  • PhD Criminology — University of Sheffield, 2017
  • PGCHE Learning and Teaching in Higher Education — University of Hull, 2013
  • MA International Criminal Justice — Sheffield Hallam University, 2011
  • BA Criminology — Sheffield Hallam University, 2009


  • Faculty Inspirational Teaching Award — Sheffield Hallam University,
  • University Inspirational Teaching Award — Sheffield Hallam University,
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy — Higher Education Academy,

Professional Affiliations

  • British Society of Criminology — Full Member
  • The Extreme Energy Initiative — Member


'Making the Most of Academic Conferences', PGR Workshop, British Society of Criminology Conference, 2017. Delivered with Dr. Nick Addis.