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Professor Chris Greer

Professor of Criminology and Head of Department of Sociology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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About

Overview

Professor Chris Greer joined the Department of Sociology in 2005. He completed his MSSc (1997) and PhD (2001) at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen's University Belfast, and then worked at Northumbria University until the lure of a global city brought him to London. His research and teaching interests are in the broad areas of: crime and justice; media and communication; victimology; policy.

Professor Greer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2004 he Co-Founded Crime Media Culture: An International Journal (CMC), which promotes a cross-disciplinary understanding of the crime, media, culture nexus. After a decade Co-Editing CMC, Professor Greer stepped down in 2015 and became Associate Editor. He is also on the Editorial Board of Theoretical Criminology.

Research

Research Summary

Currently, Professor Greer is researching scandal and institutional failure, specifically in relation to allegations of historic child sexual abuse (CSA). In recent years, he has developed (with Eugene McLaughlin) the concepts of 'trial by media' and 'media justice' to examine the shifting relations between news reporting, institutional power and civil society in a context of media proliferation, changing (not always declining) deference to authority, blurred moral boundaries, and a rapidly transforming communication marketplace. This work has evolved into an ongoing analysis of the multi-dimensional processes through which institutional CSA scandals are activated and amplified - often after decades of silence, denial and/or cover-up - and the impact of these scandals on public policy and trust in public institutions.

Professor Greer has given invited research seminars to academic and non-academic audiences in a range of international venues and been Visiting Fellow/Scholar in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne (2015), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York (2008) and the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney (2005).

PhD supervision

Professor Greer would be interested in supervising PhDs in any of his specialist areas and welcomes informal enquiries from potential doctoral students

Research Students

Name
Holly Powell-Jones
Attendance
Oct 2014 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
Young People’s Understandings of Digital Communications Offences
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Continuing
Name
Jon Eilenberg
Attendance
Sep 2013 – Mar 2017, full-time
Thesis Title
Scandalising the NHS: The Construction of Healthcare and Deviance in the BBC and ITV Coverage of the Mid Staffordshire Hospital Scandal
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Completed March 2017
Name
Gemma Anslow
Attendance
Oct 2011 – Apr 2015, full-time
Thesis Title
Media, Politics and Penal Reform: A Case Study of Pressure Groups Working on Women's Imprisonment
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Completed April 2015
Name
Ekaterina Utochkina
Attendance
Oct 2011 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
Media Self-Censorship Practices: The Role of Self-Censorship in Shaping Press Behaviour
Role
2nd Supervisor
Further Information
Continuing
Name
Dimitris Akrivos
Attendance
Oct 2009 – Jul 2014, full-time
Thesis Title
Framing Internet Suicide: Media Influences and Public Understandings of Cyber-deviance in Bridgend
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Completed July 2014
Name
John Kerr
Attendance
Oct 2009 – Feb 2013, part-time
Thesis Title
The Securitization and Policing of Art Theft in London
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Completed February 2013
Name
Brooke Van Dam
Attendance
Sep 2006 – Sep 2010, full-time
Thesis Title
The Distinctive Nature of Making News Online: A Comparison of How latimes.com and salon.com covered the 2008 US Presidential Elections
Role
2nd Supervisor
Further Information
Completed September 2010
Name
Luis Perez-Neto
Thesis Title
Public Opinion and Criminal Policy-Making: Penal Populism in Spain, 2000-2004
Role
External Supervisor
Further Information
Completed 2011
(visited from University of Barcelona, Spain, 2009-10)
Name
David Pichonnaz
Thesis Title
The Reforms of Police Perceptions of Youth Crime and Young Offenders Through Occupational Socialisation
Role
External Supervisor
Further Information
Completed May 2014
(Visited periodically from Fribourg, Switzerland, 2011-14)

Publications

Books (6)

  1. Davies, P., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (2017). Victims, Crime and Society. Davies, P., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (Eds.), London: Sage
  2. Greer, C. (2012). Sex Crime and the Media: Sex Offending and the Press in a Divided Society. London: Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-62801-3.
  3. Greer, C. (2009). Crime and Media: A Reader. London: Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-42239-0.
  4. Davies, P., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (2007). Victims, crime and society. Sage Publications Ltd ISBN 978-1-4129-0760-6.
  5. Greer, C. (2003). Sex crime and the media. Willan Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84392-004-5.
  6. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. Trial by Media. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-60089-7.

Chapters (21)

  1. Greer, C. (2017). News Media, Victims and Crime. In Davies, P., Francis, C. and Greer, C. (Eds.), Victims, Crime and Society. Second edition SAGE ISBN 978-1-4462-5591-9.
  2. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2017). News Power, Crime and Media Justice. In Liebling, A. and McAra, L. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-871944-1.
  3. Davies, P., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (2017). Victims, Crime and Society: An Introduction. In Davies, P., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (Eds.), Victims, Crime and Society. Second edition SAGE ISBN 978-1-4462-5591-9.
  4. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2015). The return of the repressed: secrets. lies, denial and "historical" child sexual abuse scandals. In Whyte, D. (Ed.), How Corrupt is Britain London: Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0-7453-3530-8.
  5. Greer, C. (2014). Labelling, Deviance and Media. In Bruinsma, G. and Weisburd, D. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 2814–2823). Springer. ISBN 978-1-4614-5689-6.
  6. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2014). Righting Wrongs: Citizen Journalism and Miscarriages of Justice. In Thorsen, E. and Allan, S. (Eds.), Citizen Journalism, Global Perspectives (Volume 2) (pp. 39–50). Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften. ISBN 978-1-4331-2282-8.
  7. Greer, C. (2013). Crime and media: understanding the connections. In Hale, C., Hayward, A., Wahadin, A. and Wincup, E. (Eds.), Criminology (pp. 143–164). ISBN 978-0-19-927036-1.
  8. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2012). ‘Trial by Media’: Riots, Looting, Gangs and Mediatised Police Chiefs. In Peay, J. and Newburn, T. (Eds.), Policing, Politics, Culture and Control: Essays in Honour of Robert Reiner (pp. 135–153). Hart. ISBN 978-1-84946-300-3.
  9. Greer, C. (2010). News Media Criminology. In McLaughlin, E. and Newburn, T. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4129-2038-4.
  10. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2010). ‘Prevemos um Motim: O Policiamento da Ordem Pública, os Novos Ambientes Mediáticos e a Emergência do Cidadão-Jornalista’. In Machado, H. and Santos, F. (Eds.), Justiça, Media e Cidadania, Almedina: Coimbra
  11. Greer, C. (2009). Crime and Media: Understanding the Connections. In Hale, C., Hayward, K. and Wahidin, A. (Eds.), Criminology Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-922729-7.
  12. Greer, C. (2008). 'News Reporting'. In Goldson, B. (Ed.), Dictionary of Youth Justice Cullompton: Willan.
  13. Greer, C. (2007). News Media, Victims and Crime. In Davies, P., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (Eds.), Victims, crime and society Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4129-0760-6.
  14. Greer, C., Davies, P. and Francis, P. (2007). Victims, Crime and Society. In Davies, P., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (Eds.), Victims, crime and society Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4129-0760-6.
  15. Greer, C. (2005). Delivering Death: Capital Punishment, Botched Executions and the American Press. In Mason, P. (Ed.), Captured by the media Willan Pub.
  16. Greer, C. (2005). Crime and Media: Understanding the Connections. In Hale, C., Hayward, K. and Wahidin, A. (Eds.), Criminology Oxford University Press, USA.
  17. Greer, C. (2005). ‘Sex Crime’. In Muncie, J. and McLaughlin, E. (Eds.), The Sage Dictionary of Criminology London: Sage.
  18. Greer, C. (2004). Crime, Media and Community: Grief and Virtual Engagement in Late Modernity. In Ferrell, J. (Ed.), Cultural criminology unleashed Routledge Cavendish. ISBN 978-1-904385-37-0.
  19. Greer, C. (2003). Sex Crime and the Media: Press Representations in Northern Ireland. In Mason, P. (Ed.), Criminal visions Willan Pub.
  20. Greer, C. and Reiner, R. Mediated Mayhem: Media, Crime and Criminal Justice. In Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Criminology Oxford: Oxford University Press..
  21. Greer, C. ‘Fear of Crime’. In Goldson, B. (Ed.), Dictionary of Youth Justice Cullompton: Willan.

Journal Articles (17)

  1. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2017). Theorizing institutional scandal and the regulatory state. THEORETICAL CRIMINOLOGY, 21(2), pp. 112–132. doi:10.1177/1362480616645648.
  2. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2013). The Sir Jimmy Savile Scandal: Child Sexual Abuse and Institutional Denial at the BBC. Crime Media Culture: An International Journal, 9(3), pp. 243–264.
  3. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2013). Julgamento Pelos Media: Policiamento, Ambiente Mediatico das Noticias 24/7 e a Politica da Indignacao (Portuguese translation of 'Trial By Media: Policing, The 24-7 News Mediasphere, And The Politics Of Outrage'). Comunicação & Cultura, 14, pp. 23–57.
  4. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2012). This is not justice: Ian Tomlinson, institutional failure and the press politics of outrage. British Journal of Criminology, 52(2), pp. 274–293.
  5. Greer, C. and Mclaughlin, E. (2012). Media Justice: Madeleine McCann, Intermediatisation and ‘Trial by Media’ in the British Press. Theoretical Criminology: an international journal, 16(4), pp. 396–416.
  6. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2012). A paedophile scandal foretold: Sir Jimmy Savile, child sexual abuse and the BBC. British Society of Criminology Newsletter, 71(Winter) .
  7. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2011). 'Trial by media': Policing, the 24-7 news mediasphere and the 'politics of outrage'. THEORETICAL CRIMINOLOGY, 15(1), pp. 23–46. doi:10.1177/1362480610387461.
  8. Greer, C. and Hamm, M. (2011). Into the Future, Darkly. Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, 7(1), pp. 3–4.
  9. Hamm, M., Ferrell, J. and Greer, C. (2010). Provocateur for justice: Notes on the imprisonment of Professor Luis Barrios. Crime, Media, Culture, 6(2), pp. 227–238. doi:10.1177/1741659010369960.
  10. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2010). We predict a riot?: Public order policing, new media environments and the rise of the citizen journalist. British Journal of Criminology, 50(6), pp. 1041–1059.
  11. Greer, C. and Hamm, M. (2010). ‘Editorial Updates’. Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 6(1), pp. 5–9.
  12. Ferrell, J. and Greer, C. (2009). Editorial: Global collapse and cultural possibility. Crime, Media, Culture, 5(1), pp. 5–7. doi:10.1177/1741659008102059.
  13. Greer, C., Ferrell, J. and Jewkes, Y. (2008). Investigating the crisis of the present. CRIME MEDIA CULTURE, 4(1), pp. 5–8. doi:10.1177/1741659007087269.
  14. Greer, C., Ferrell, J. and Jewkes, Y. (2007). It’s the Image that Matters: Style, Substance and Critical Scholarship. Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 3(1), pp. 5–10.
  15. Jewkes, Y., Greer, C. and Ferrell, J. (2006). Borders Breached, Conventional Claims Questioned. Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, 2(1), pp. 5–9. doi:10.1177/1741659006061707.
  16. Greer, C. and Jewkes, Y. (2005). Extremes of Otherness: Media Images of Social Exclusion. Social Justice, 32(1), pp. 20–31.
  17. Ferrell, J., Greer, C. and Jewkes, Y. (2005). Hip Hop Graffiti, Mexican Murals, and the War on Terror. Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, 1(1), pp. 5–9. doi:10.1177/1741659005050240.

Reports (4)

  1. Greer, C. and Denny, G. (2005). An Evaluation of CCTV in Blyth Town Centre..
  2. Francis, P., Greer, C., Thompson, J. and Wood, A. (2004). Elderly Sex Offenders and Social and Health Care. Northumbria University Press.
  3. Dolman, F., Francis, P. and Greer, C. (2004). Evaluating Police Community Support Officers within the Northumbria Police Area: A Review of Progress. Northumbria University Press.
  4. Greer, C., Dolman, F. and Turner, K. (2004). An Evaluation of the South East Northumberland Community Wardens Scheme. Northumbria University Press.

Education

Undergraduate

Sociology of Punishment; Media, Crime and Criminal Justice

Postgraduate

Contemporary Criminology; Crime News and Media Justice

Other Activities

Online Articles (6)

  1. Anders Behring Breivik Reconstruction: Making a Killer look Cool. The Guardianwith McLaughlin, E.
    Comment is Free
  2. The Ian Tomlinson Inquest was Justice seen to be Done. The Guardianwith McLaughlin, E.
    Comment is Free
  3. How Trial by Media is Redefining Justice. The Guardianwith McLaughlin, E.
    Letters to the Editor : 7 (included in Letters of the Year 2007 book)
  4. ‘Risky Business’. Criminal Justice MattersSpring 2001, 43: 28-30
  5. ‘Media Representations of Dangerousness’. Criminal Justice Matters51, Spring 2003: 4-5
  6. ‘Headline News'. Safer Society30: 14-16

Other

  1. Greer, C. and McLaughlin, E. (2011) ‘The Camera Never Lies: Documenting G20’, Foreword in Price, G. The Visual Documentation of G20, self-published photography book