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Dr Emmeline Taylor

Associate Dean Research and Enterprise

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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Dr. Emmeline Taylor is a Reader in Criminology. She has completed empirical research in a number of areas including; surveillance and the societal impact of new technologies, armed robbery, residential burglary, retail crime, crime and security in education, and several evaluations of criminal justice initiatives in England and Australia. Dr Taylor has published extensively across these topics, including the books: Surveillance Schools (Palgrave, 2013); Surveillance Futures (Routledge, 2017, w/T. Rooney); The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Social Control (Palgrave, 2018, w/J. Deakin and A. Kupchik); Armed Robbers: Identity, mythology and affective transgression in the Lucky Country (forthcoming, Oxford University Press); and, Crime, Deviance, and Society: A Sociological Introduction (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, w/ A. Rodas et al.)

Emmeline is a regular guest on national television and has had her research featured on many high profile shows including: The One Show (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Supermarket Secrets (BBC1), Daybreak (ITV), The Wright Stuff (ITV) and BBC Breakfast (BBC1). She has authored opinion pieces in national newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald and academic blogs, as well as having her work cited in mainstream publications such as WIRED magazine, Forbes, The Guardian and The Telegraph (UK). She is often a guest on national radio shows including BBC Radio 2’s Thinking Allowed and ABCs Late Night Live discussing issues related to crime, security and surveillance.

Originally from Manchester, and a graduate of the University of Leeds, she has gained substantial experience in criminological research and teaching having been employed in the public, private and academic sectors, and on three continents. Dr Taylor joined the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City in 2017 having previously held positions at the Australian National University (Australia), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Greater Manchester Probation Trust (UK), the University of Salford, and Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International (UK), She was previously an Associate of the Designing out Crime (DOC) research centre at the University of Technology, Sydney and has been a Visiting Researcher at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and University College London UCL).

Emmeline is Co-Director of the Surveillance Studies Network, and was formerly the elected state representative for the Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC).

She is a member of the Editorial Board for Surveillance & Society, the Security Journal, the International Advisory Board of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, the Advisory Board for Criminological Encounters, and on the judging panel for the Outstanding Security performance Awards (OSPAs).


Books (5)

  1. Rodas, A., Beckley, A., Rawlinson, P., Simpson, A., Taylor, E., Thomsen, S. … Walters, R. (2020). Crime, Deviance and Society: A Sociological Introduction to Criminology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Deakin, J., Taylor, E. and Kupchik, A. (Eds.), (2018). The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance and Social Control. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-71558-2.
  3. Taylor, E. and Rooney, T. (2017). Surveillance Futures: Social and ethical implications of new technologies for children and young people. ISBN 978-1-317-04813-8.
  4. Taylor, E. (2013). Surveillance Schools: Security, Discipline, and Control in Contemporary Education. Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-30886-3.
  5. Deasey, S., Smith, N., Forrest, C., Taylor, E. and Maslen, J. (Eds.), (2007). Authentic Artifice Cultures of the Real. ISBN 978-1-902496-49-8.

Chapters (14)

  1. Taylor, E. (2018). Recent developments in surveillance: An overview of body-worn cameras in schools. The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Social Control (pp. 371–388). ISBN 978-3-319-71558-2.
  2. Taylor, E. and Kearney, A. (2018). School discipline and surveillance: Developments in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Social Control (pp. 87–104). ISBN 978-3-319-71558-2.
  3. Taylor, E., Deakin, J. and Kupchik, A. (2018). The changing landscape of school discipline, surveillance, and social control. The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Social Control (pp. 1–13). ISBN 978-3-319-71558-2.
  4. Taylor, E. (2018). Closed-Circuit Television. In Arrigo, B. (Ed.), Sage Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-1-4833-5994-6.
  5. Taylor, E. (2018). COPS and Robbers: Customer operated payment systems, new point of sale technologies and the impact on retail crime. In Ceccato, V. and Armitage, R. (Eds.), Retail Crime International Evidence and Prevention Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-73064-6.
  6. Taylor, E. and Rooney, T. (2017). Digital Playgrounds; Growing up in the surveillance age. In Taylor, E. and Rooney, T. (Eds.), Surveillance Futures: Social and Ethical Implications of New Technologies for Children and Young People Routledge.
  7. Taylor, E. (2017). "If I Wanted to Be on Big Brother, I Would’ve Auditioned for It": Examining the Media Representation of CCTV in Schools and the Impact of Visual Surveillance on Schoolchildren. In Taylor, E. and Rooney, T. (Eds.), Surveillance Futures: Social and Ethical Implications of New Technologies for Children and Young People Routledge.
  8. Taylor, E. (2017). Teaching us to be ‘smart’? The use of RFID in schools and the habituation of young people to everyday surveillance. In Taylor, E. and Rooney, T. (Eds.), Surveillance Futures: Social and Ethical Implications of New Technologies for Children and Young People Routledge.
  9. Taylor, E. (2017). Commercial armed robbery. The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice (pp. 147–158). ISBN 978-3-319-55746-5.
  10. Taylor, E. (2017). Curating risk, selling safety?: Fear of crime, responsibilisation and the surveillance school economy. The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime (pp. 312–321). ISBN 978-1-138-12033-4.
  11. Taylor, E. and Gill, M. (2014). CCTV; Its Use, Abuse and Effectiveness. In Gill, M. (Ed.), Handbook of Security Palgrave Macmillan.
  12. Taylor, E. (2012). The rise of the surveillance school. Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies (pp. 225–231). ISBN 978-0-415-58883-6.
  13. Taylor, E. (2012). Awareness, understanding and experiences of CCTV amongst teachers and pupils in three UK schools. (pp. 1–16). ISBN 978-1-61499-112-0.
  14. Deasey, S., Forrest, C., Maslen, J., Smith, N. and Taylor, E. (2007). Making it a Reality: The Authentic as an Artifice. In Deasey, S., Forrest, C., Maslen, J., Smith, N. and Taylor, E. (Eds.), Authentic Artifice: Cultures of the Real Manchester: European Studies Research Institute. ISBN 1-902496-49-3.

Internet publications (11)

  1. Yesberg, J., Posch, K., Jackson, J. and Taylor, E. (2020). Track, Trace and Trust: the Covid 19 tracing app. Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
  2. Taylor, E., Jackson, J., Yesberg, J. and Posch, K. (2020). Coronavirus: survey reveals what the public wants from a contact-tracing app. The Conversation.
  3. Taylor, E. (2019). Rising violence and verbal abuse towards retailers. Policing Insight.
  4. Taylor, E. (2018). How shoplifters justify theft at supermarket self-service checkouts. The Conversation.
  5. Taylor, E. and Michael, K. (2016). Smart Toys that are the Stuff of Nightmares [Editorial].
  6. Taylor, (2016). Body-worn cameras are not a panacea for poor policing. The Conversation.
  7. Taylor, (2014). A vision of control: the increased sophistication of CCTV brings new controversy. LSE Blog.
  8. Taylor, (2013). School surveillance puts trust at risk. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  9. Taylor, and Michael, K. Hello Barbie, hello hackers: accessing personal data will be child’s play. The Conversation.
  10. Taylor, The real cost of CCTV might stop you smiling. Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. Taylor, E. Rising violence and verbal abuse towards retailers – stories from shop floor reveal lifelong impact. The Conversation.

Journal articles (30)

  1. Southerton, C. and Taylor, E. (2020). Habitual Disclosure: Routine, Affordance, and the Ethics of Young Peoples Social Media Data Surveillance. Social Media and Society, 6(2). doi:10.1177/2056305120915612.
  2. Taylor, E. and Lee, M. (2019). Off the record?: Arrestee concerns about the manipulation, modification, and misrepresentation of police body-worn camera footage. Surveillance and Society, 17(3-4), pp. 473–483. doi:10.24908/ss.v17i3/4.6550.
  3. Clare, J., Henstock, D., McComb, C., Newland, R., Barnes, G.C., Lee, M. … Taylor, E. (2019). Police, Public, and Arrestee Perceptions of Body-Worn Video: A Single Jurisdictional Multiple-Perspective Analysis. Criminal Justice Review, 44(3), pp. 304–321. doi:10.1177/0734016819846236.
  4. Taylor, E. and Lee, M. (2019). Points of View: Arrestees' Perspectives on Police Body-Worn Cameras and Their Perceived Impact on Police-Citizen Interactions. British Journal of Criminology, 59(4), pp. 958–978. doi:10.1093/bjc/azz007.
  5. Lee, M., Taylor, E. and Willis, M. (2019). Being held to account: Detainees’ perceptions of police body-worn cameras. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 52(2), pp. 174–192. doi:10.1177/0004865818781913.
  6. Taylor, E. (2018). PAUSED for thought? Using verbal protocol analysis to understand the situational and temporal cues in the decision-making of residential burglars. Security Journal, 31(1), pp. 343–363. doi:10.1057/s41284-017-0104-3.
  7. Willis, M., Taylor, E., Lee, M. and Gannoni, A. (2017). Police detainee perspectives on CCTV. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice pp. 538–538.

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  8. Taylor, E., Lee, M., Willis, M. and Gannoni, A. (2017). Police detainee perspectives on police body-worn cameras. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice.

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  9. Taylor, E. (2017). On the Edge of Reason? Armed Robbery, Affective Transgression, and Bounded Rationality. Deviant Behavior, 38(8), pp. 928–940. doi:10.1080/01639625.2016.1229929.
  10. Taylor, E. (2017). ‘I should have been a security consultant’: The Good Lives Model and residential burglars. European Journal of Criminology, 14(4), pp. 434–450. doi:10.1177/1477370816661743.
  11. Taylor, E. (2017). Student drug testing and the surveillance school economy: an analysis of media representation and policy transfer in Australian schools. Journal of Education Policy, 33(3), pp. 383–397. doi:10.1080/02680939.2017.1337228.
  12. Taylor, E. (2017). ‘This is not America’: Cultural mythscapes, media representation and the anatomy of the Surveillance School in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 53(2), pp. 413–429. doi:10.1177/1440783316667640.
  13. Taylor, E. (2016). Supermarket self-checkouts and retail theft: The curious case of the SWIPERS. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 16(5), pp. 552–567. doi:10.1177/1748895816643353.
  14. Taylor, E. (2016). Mobile payment technologies in retail: a review of potential benefits and risks. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 44(2), pp. 159–177. doi:10.1108/IJRDM-05-2015-0065.
  15. Taylor, E. (2016). Lights, camera, redaction… police body-worn cameras: Autonomy, discretion and accountability. Surveillance and Society, 14(1), pp. 128–132. doi:10.24908/ss.v14i1.6285.
  16. Taylor, E. (2014). Honour among thieves? How morality and rationality influence the decision-making processes of convicted domestic burglars. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(4), pp. 487–502. doi:10.1177/1748895813505232.
  17. Taylor, E., Clarke, R. and McArt, D. (2014). The Intensive Alternative to Custody: 'Selling' sentences and satisfying judicial concerns. Probation Journal, 61(1), pp. 44–59. doi:10.1177/0264550513489760.
  18. Taylor, E. (2011). Awareness, understanding and experiences of CCTV amongst teachers and pupils in three UK schools. Information Polity, 16(4), pp. 303–318. doi:10.3233/IP-2011-0247.
  19. Taylor, E. (2011). Understanding the psychology of gang violence: Implications for designing effective violence interventions. Probation Journal, 58(3), pp. 272–273. doi:10.1177/0264550511417065.
  20. Taylor, E. (2011). UK schools, CCTV and the Data Protection Act 1998. Journal of Education Policy, 26(1), pp. 1–15. doi:10.1080/02680939.2010.493226.
  21. Taylor, E. (2011). Enhanced Thinking Skills evaluated. Probation Journal, 58(1), pp. 75–76. doi:10.1177/02645505110580010902.
  22. Taylor, E. (2010). Evaluating CCTV: Why the findings are inconsistent, inconclusive and ultimately irrelevant. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 12(4), pp. 209–232. doi:10.1057/cpcs.2010.13.
  23. Taylor, (2010). From finger-painting to fingerprinting: the use of biometric technology in schools. Education Law Journal, 4, pp. 276–288.
  24. Taylor, E. (2010). I spy with my little eye: The use of CCTV in schools and the impact on privacy. Sociological Review, 58(3), pp. 381–405. doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.2010.01930.x.
  25. Taylor, E. (2010). Ex-armed forces personnel and the criminal justice system. Probation Journal, 57(4), pp. 424–425. doi:10.1177/02645505100570040402.
  26. Taylor, E. (2010). Initial evaluation of reconviction rates in Community Justice Initiatives. Probation Journal, 57(3), pp. 329–330. doi:10.1177/0264550510373972.
  27. Taylor, E. (2010). The Bradley Report and the Government's Response: The implications for mental health services for offenders. Probation Journal, 57(3), pp. 330–332. doi:10.1177/02645505100570030906.
  28. Taylor, E. (2010). A review of mental health need in prison. Probation Journal, 57(2), pp. 188–189. doi:10.1177/02645505100570020302.
  29. Taylor, E. (2010). Tackling Knives Action Programme: Key findings. Probation Journal, 57(2), pp. 187–188. doi:10.1177/0264550509355874.
  30. Taylor, E. (2010). Evidence-based practice? The National Probation Service's work with alcohol-misusing offenders. Probation Journal, 57(3), pp. 332–333. doi:10.1177/02645505100570030907.

Reports (13)

  1. Taylor, E. (2020). ‘It’s not part of the job’ Violence and verbal abuse towards shop workers: A review of evidence and policy..
  2. Taylor, E. (2019). The Annual Australia and New Zealand Retail Crime Survey 2019..
  3. Greer, C., Rosbrook-Thompson, J., Armstrong, G., Ilan, J., McLaughlin, E., Myers, C. … Taylor, E. (2019). Enhancing the work of the Islington Integrated Gangs Team: A pilot study on the response to serious youth violence in Islington. London, UK: Centre for City Criminology, City, University of London. London: Centre of City Criminology, City, University of London.
  4. Gannoni, A., Willis, M., Taylor, E. and Lee, M. (2017). Surveillance technologies and crime control: understanding police detainees’ perspectives on police body-worn video (BWV) and CCTV cameras. Australia: Criminology Research Advisory Council.
  5. Taylor, E. (2014). Staying Ahead of the Game; Mobile Technologies in Retail. Efficient Consumer Response Australasia. Australia..
  6. Taylor, E. (2013). A Preliminary Review of Throughcare in the ACT; A Report for the Throughcare Unit, ACT Corrective Services. Australia..
  7. Taylor, E. (2010). Burglars on Burglary: Gaining the offender perspective in Greater Manchester. Manchester: Greater Manchester Probation Trust..
  8. Taylor, E. (2009). Knife Crime: A Literature Review: Royal Armouries, Leeds..
  9. Taylor, E. and McEwan, A. (2013) An Environmental Scan of Victorian Integrity Bodies. A Report for The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC), Victoria, Australia..
  10. Taylor, Clarke, R., McArt, D., Taylor, E. and Wakeman, M. (2012) Process Evaluation of Manchester and Salford Intensive Alternatives to Custody pilot. Ministry of Justice..
  11. Taylor, Broadhurst, K., Duffin, M., Taylor, E. and Burrell, A. (2009) Gangs and Schools. London: NASUWT..
  12. Taylor, Broadhurst, K., Owen, K. and Taylor, E. (2009) One More Broken Window: The Impact of the Physical Environment on Schools. London: NASUWT..
  13. Taylor, E. Gill, M., Burns-Howell, T., Keats, G. and Taylor, E. (2007) Demonstrating the value of security. Leicester: Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International..

Other (7)

  1. Taylor, E. (2011). Review: What Else Works? Creative Work with Offenders: J. Brayford, F. Cowe and J Deering (eds) Willan Publishing; 2010; pp.290; £22.99, pbk ISBN: 978—1— 84392—766— 2.
  2. Taylor, E. (2011). New responses to vulnerable children in trouble: Improving youth justice.
  3. Taylor, E. (2011). Prison mental health: Vision and reality.
  4. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2011) Book Review: Race and Criminal Justice (Singh Bhui, H.), Probation Journal. June 2011; vol. 58(2) pp. 176-177.
  5. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2010) Book Review: Exploring Modern Probation: Social Theory and Organisational Complexity (Whitehead, P.). Polity Press; pp. 186. Probation Journal.
  6. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2010) Book Review: Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital (Deuchar, R.), Probation Journal. September 2010; 57(1) pp.342-343.
  7. Taylor, E. Intensive Probation.