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Mr Tony Murphy

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Professional biography

Tony Murphy took up the role of Staff Tutor within the Social Policy and Criminology group in September 2019, having worked as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University from 2013, and prior to that, a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster (from 2008 onwards). He also works as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, and has done so since 2009. He has also held part-time fixed-term teaching posts at various other institutions, worked as a Research Assistant within the Department of Social Policy at LSE, and has acted as external examiner or external validation panel member for a number of other universities. Tony has also acted as peer reviewer, consultant or book reviewer for a range of journals and book publishers,

Tony is currently studying for a D.Phil at the University of Oxford, researching penal transportation from Britain to Australia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, having previously completely an MSc at Oxford in English Local History. Prior to that, he completed an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and a BSc degree in Sociology, both at LSE, and a number of postgraduate qualifications through the Open University. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, with HEA / Advance HE Fellowship.

Research interests

Tony's research interests span the Social Sciences broadly, including criminological theory; critical criminological approaches; social inequality, exclusion and rights; penology; and history and crime. He has had work published across these areas. Most recently, he has written an introductory, but critical and thematically-driven Criminology textbook for SAGE (released in Oct 2019). Moving forward in the medium term, his publications will mainly reflect his doctoral research on penal transportation, and the wider penal trajectory within which it sat.


Revising the Research Excellence Framework: ensuring quality in REF2021, or new challenges ahead? (2017)
Murphy, Tony
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 21(1) (pp. 34-39)

Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: A small survey of academics (2015-11)
Murphy, Tony and Sage, Daniel
Australian Universities' Review, 57(2) (pp. 31-36)

Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: a media analysis (2015-10)
Murphy, Tony and Sage, Daniel
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36(6) (pp. 603-615)

The nomenclature of the undeserving poor : an enduring history of marginalization (2015)
Murphy, Tony
Journal on European History of Law, 6(1) (pp. 103-108)

Implementing Evidence‐Based Parenting Programmes in a Small Sample of English Urban Local Authorities: Eligibility, Fidelity and Intensity (2013-10-03)
West, Anne; Mitchell, Louisa and Murphy, Tony
Children & Society, 27(6) (pp. 471-483)

Why we need to think about research malpractice in the social sciences (2013)
Murphy, Tony
Criminal Justice Matters, 94(1) (pp. 26-27)

A dual-polarization InSb receiver for 461/492 GHz (1992-10)
Padman, Rachael; White, Glenn J.; Barker, Robert; Bly, Dennis; Johnson, Nick; Gibson, Hugh; Griffin, Matt; Murphy, J. Anthony; Prestage, Richard; Rogers, John and Scivetti, Anthony
International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 13(10) (pp. 1487-1513)

Criminology: a contemporary introduction (2019-10-29)
Murphy, Tony
ISBN : 9781526411402 | Publisher : SAGE | Published : London

Terror and Trafficking in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: A Routine Activity Approach (2019-08-08)
Murphy, Tony
In: Jaishankar, K. ed. Routledge Handbook of South Asian Criminology
ISBN : 9781482260458 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

"It’s not just about recovery": The Right Turn Veteran-Specific Recovery Service Evaluation, Final report. (2017-06)
Albertson, Katherine; Best, David; Pinkney, Aaron; Murphy, Tony; Irving, James and Stevenson, Judy
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

Right Turn Veteran-Specific Recovery Service: 5 site evaluation pilot: Interim report (2016)
Albertson, Katherine; Best, David; Irving, Jamie; Murphy, Tony; Buckingham, Sarah; Morton, Gavin; Stevenson, Judy; Crowley, Mike; Mama-Rudd, Adam and Chagger, Alex
Sheffield Hallam University and The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

Perceptions and ‘impacts’ of the REF: key aim for next round should be to explore apprehension and minimise anxieties (2014)
Murphy, Tony and Sage, Daniel
LSE Impact Blog, London School of Economics