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Dr Emmeline Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr. Emmeline Taylor is a criminologist in the Department of Sociology at City. She has completed empirical research in a number of areas including; surveillance and the societal impact of new technologies, armed robbery, domestic 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, shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology annual book prize and the Surveillance Studies Network annual book prize in 2014), Surveillance Futures (Routledge, 2017, w/T. Rooney), The Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Punishment (Palgrave, forthcoming, w/J Deakin and A. Kupchik), and Such is Life: Armed Robbery, Cultural Mythscapes and Affective Transgression (forthcoming).

Regularly consulted by the media, Emmeline has a strong and ongoing presence internationally. 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 high profile publications such as WIRED magazine, Forbes (India), 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. In 2015 she won the Strategic Communications and Public Affairs ‘Close up Media Award for best Film Talent’ for a live-to-air interview on shop theft.

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 is 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 and University College London.

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 the Security Journal (Palgrave), 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 (4)

  1. Taylor, E. and Rooney, T. (2016). Surveillance Futures Social and Ethical Implications of New Technologies for Children and Young People. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-04812-1.
  2. Taylor, E. (2013). Surveillance Schools Security, Discipline and Control in Contemporary Education. Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-30886-3.
  3. 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.
  4. Deakin, J., Taylor, and Kupchik, A. (Eds.), The Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Punishment. Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters (7)

  1. Taylor, 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.
  2. Taylor, (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.
  3. Taylor, (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.
  4. Taylor, and Gill, M. (2014). CCTV; Its Use, Abuse and Effectiveness. In Gill, M. (Ed.), Handbook of Security Palgrave Macmillan.
  5. Taylor, (2012). 'The Rise of the Surveillance School. In Ball, K., Haggerty, K. and Lyon, D. (Eds.), The Handbook of Surveillance Studies Routledge.
  6. Taylor, 'Awareness, understanding and experiences of CCTV amongst teachers and pupils in three UK schools. In Webster, C.W.R., TÃopfer, E., Klauser, F.R. and Raab, C.D. (Eds.), Video Surveillance: Practices and Policies in Europe IOS Press.
  7. Taylor, Recent developments in surveillance: An overview of body-worn cameras in schools. In Deakin, J., Taylor, E. and Kupchik, A. (Eds.), The Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Punishment Palgrave Macmillan.

Internet Publications (5)

  1. Taylor, (2016). Body-worn cameras are not a panacea for poor policing. The Conversation.
  2. Taylor, (2014). A vision of control: the increased sophistication of CCTV brings new controversy. LSE Blog.
  3. Taylor, (2013). School surveillance puts trust at risk. The Sydney Morning Herald
  4. Taylor, and Michael, K. Hello Barbie, hello hackers: accessing personal data will be child’s play. The Conversation.
  5. Taylor, The real cost of CCTV might stop you smiling. Sydney Morning Herald.

Journal Articles (16)

  1. Willis, M., Taylor, E., Lee, M. and Gannoni, A. (2017). Police detainee perspectives on CCTV. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, (538) .
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 pp. 1–15. doi:10.1080/02680939.2017.1337228.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Taylor, (2016). Lights, Camera, Redaction… Police Body-Worn Cameras; Autonomy, Discretion and Accountability’. Surveillance and Society, 14(1) .
  8. Taylor, E. (2016). Mobile payment technologies in retail: a review of potential benefits and risks. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 44(2), pp. 159–177. doi:10.1108/IJRDM-05-2015-0065.
  9. Taylor, (2014). Honour Among Thieves? Exploring the Morality and Rationality of Convicted Domestic Burglars. Criminology and Criminal Justice; An International Journal, 14(4), pp. 487–502.
  10. Taylor, E., Clarke, R. and McArt, D. (2014). The Intensive Alternative to Custody. Probation Journal, 61(1), pp. 44–59. doi:10.1177/0264550513489760.
  11. Taylor, (2011). Awareness, understanding and experiences of CCTV amongst teachers and pupils in three UK schools. Information Polity; An International Journal of Government and Democracy in the Information Age, 16(4), pp. 303–318.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Taylor, (2010). From finger-painting to fingerprinting: the use of biometric technology in schools. Education Law Journal, 4, pp. 276–288.
  15. Taylor, E. (2010). I Spy with My Little Eye: The Use of CCTV in Schools and the Impact on Privacy. The Sociological Review, 58(3), pp. 381–405. doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.2010.01930.x.
  16. Taylor, E. PAUSED for thought? Using verbal protocol analysis to understand the situational and temporal cues in the decision-making of residential burglars. Security Journal . doi:10.1057/s41284-017-0104-3.

Reports (10)

  1. Taylor, Taylor, E., Lee, M., Willis, M. and Gannoni, A. (in press) ‘Detainee perceptions of police body-worn cameras’, Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology..
  2. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2014) Staying Ahead of the Game; Mobile Technologies in Retail. Efficient Consumer Response Australasia. Australia..
  3. Taylor, 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..
  4. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2013) A Preliminary Review of Throughcare in the ACT; A Report for the Throughcare Unit, ACT Corrective Services. Australia..
  5. 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..
  6. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2010) Burglars on Burglary: Gaining the offender perspective in Greater Manchester. Manchester: Greater Manchester Probation Trust..
  7. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2009) Knife Crime: A Literature Review: Royal Armouries, Leeds..
  8. Taylor, Broadhurst, K., Duffin, M., Taylor, E. and Burrell, A. (2009) Gangs and Schools. London: NASUWT..
  9. Taylor, Broadhurst, K., Owen, K. and Taylor, E. (2009) One More Broken Window: The Impact of the Physical Environment on Schools. London: NASUWT..
  10. Taylor, Gill, M., Burns-Howell, T., Keats, G. and Taylor, E. (2007) Demonstrating the value of security. Leicester: Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International..

Other (4)

  1. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2011) Book Review: Race and Criminal Justice (Singh Bhui, H.), Probation Journal. June 2011; vol. 58(2) pp. 176-177.
  2. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2011) Book Review: What else works? Creative work with offenders (Brayford, J. et al), Probation Journal. March 2011; vol. 58(1): pp.81-84.
  3. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2010) Book Review: Exploring Modern Probation: Social Theory and Organisational Complexity (Whitehead, P.). Polity Press; pp. 186. Probation Journal.
  4. Taylor, Taylor, E. (2010) Book Review: Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital (Deuchar, R.), Probation Journal. September 2010; 57(1) pp.342-343.