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Ms Samantha Fletcher

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Criminology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Social Policy & Criminology
  • samantha.fletcher

Professional biography

Before joining the Open University in March 2017 I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at Staffordshire University for over 4 years. Before this time I was at Liverpool John Moores University working in a number of capacities, including both teaching and research, under the auspices of The Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion.   

I am currently the coordinator of the Crimes of the Powerful Working Group c/o The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. The group welcomes and seeks to foster links between activists, academics, teachers, researchers and students with the aim to provide an opportunity to share knowledge regarding the extent and nature of corporate and state harms, inclusive of collaborative research prospects that work towards emancipatory change.

Research interests

My research is focussed on interviewing and ethnographic practices at sites of protest, resistance, contestation, and activism, seeking to learn from these phenomena and further inform critical scholarship. My research takes an interdisciplinary approach borrowing from multiple works in the humanities and social science under the rubric of open Marxism. Central to all my research concerns is active scholarship than seeks to make contributions to redress inequalities related to harm(s) associated with capitalist accumulation of wealth.

Selected publications

FLETCHER, S. (2016) Negotiating the Resistance: Catch 22s, brokering and contention in Occupy Safer Spaces Policy, Contention: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 3 (2) pp 5 – 16

FLETCHER, S. (2015) Chapter 12: The Occupy Movement vs. Capitalist Realism: Seeking Extraordinary Transformations in Consciousness in: Sollund, R.A. (ed) (2015) Green Harms and Crimes: Critical Criminology in a Changing World, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

FLETCHER, S. (2014) Chapter 8: Protest in: Atkinson, R. (eds) (2014) Shades of Deviance: A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm, Oxon: Routledge.

FLETCHER, S. (2014) Chapter 5: The Occupy Movement in: Maile, S. and Griffiths, D. (eds) (2014) Public Engagement and Social Science, Bristol: Policy Press

BARRETT, GA., FLETCHER, S. & PATEL, TG (2014) Black minority ethnic communities and levels of satisfaction with policing: Findings from a study in the north of England, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14 (2) pp 196 – 215

Selected conference papers

FLETCHER, S (2016) ‘All I ever do is struggle and strive. If I don’t do anybody any harm, I might make it back alive’: What does the UK EU referendum mean for the class struggle?, Economic Crisis and Crime: From Global North to Global South: 44th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control University of Minho, Braga, Portugal  [September 2016]

FLETCHER, S. (2015) How do you solve a hegemonic catch 22? Reflections from research and activism with the Occupy movement, Les nouvelles formes de contestation: du national au transnational, Université de Savoie Mont Blanc Chambéry-Jacob, France [October 2015]

FLETCHER, S. (2015) ‘They are literally like steroid robots': Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) at Occupy Democracy, Social divisions, surveillance and the security state, 43rd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control University of Tartu Tallinn, Estonia [August 2015]

FLETCHER, S. (2014) 'Locating the resistance in the hegemonic mire: Contesting the construction of ‘the other’ from within': 42nd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control: Resisting the demonisation of ‘the Other’: State, nationalism and social control in a time of crisis, Liverpool John Moores University, UK [September 2014]

FLETCHER, S. (2013) On Occupy: A roundtable bringing together sociologists, activists and activist-academics from other disciplines, Inaugural conference for British Sociological Association (BSA) Activism in Sociology Forum, SOAS London, UK [November 2013]

FLETCHER, S. (2013) Critical criminology vs. capitalist realism: Seeking extraordinary transformations in consciousness, Critical Criminology in a Changing World – Tradition & Innovation, 41st European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control 41st Annual Conference, University of Oslo, Norway [August 2013]

FLETCHER S. (2012) Plenary: ‘These grievances are not all inclusive’: Occupy in the age of Austerity 'Beyond the Wire': Regulating Division, Conflict and Resistance: 40th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control University of Nicosia, Cyprus [September 2012]

Teaching interests

I am currently part of the production team working on Crime and Global Justice DD804.

Over the course of 10 years I have taught material related to protest, resistance, policing, surveillance, security, transnational organised crime, crimes of the powerful, research methods, crimes against humanity and social harm.


Emerging Voices: Critical Social Research by European Group Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers (2017-07-23)
Fletcher, Samantha and White, Holly eds.
ISBN : 191143909X | Publisher : EG Press Limited | Published : London

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