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Dr Stuart Taylor

Professional biography

Stuart is Staff Tutor in Social Policy and Criminology. He joined the Open University in 2022 having previously enjoyed a lengthy tenure as Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to entering academia Stuart worked for both the Derbyshire and Merseyside Probation Services.

Research interests

Stuart has extensive experience of managing and facilitating empirical research studies within a wide range of contexts. His main interests sit within three areas. First and foremost, the field of substance use and the interconnections between sociocultural construction of ‘drugs’, prohibitionist drug policies and social harm with former studies considering; cannabis use; cannabis cultivation; and the employment of self-testing drug checking technologies among ecstasy users. Secondly, the policies and processes of the criminal justice system, with previous studies centring on; community justice; risk assessment; resettlement; multi-agency work; and the use, dispensation and attitudes towards community sentences. Thirdly, the interplay between alcohol (and indeed the alcohol industry), sexual offences and the Night-Time Economy (NTE), with prior studies focusing on; the value of sexual consent campaigns in the NTE; and experiences of sexual assault within the NTE.

Teaching interests

Stuart is passionate about teaching and is currently part of the module team for DD212 Understanding Criminology.

Publications

Enlightened hedonism? Independent drug checking amongst a group of ecstasy users. (2020-09)
Taylor, Stuart; Ayres, Tammy and Jones, Emily
International Journal of Drug Policy, 83, Article 102869


Transforming rehabilitation, emotional labour and contract delivery: A case study of a voluntary sector provider in an English resettlement prison (2020-06)
Burke, Lol; Millings, Matthew; Taylor, Stuart and Ragonese, Ester
International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 61, Article 100387


Unwanted Sexual Attention in the Night-Time Economy: Behaviors, Safety Strategies, and Conceptualizing “Feisty Femininity” (2020-01-01)
Gunby, Clare; Carline, Anna; Taylor, Stuart and Gosling, Helena
Feminist Criminology, 15(1) (pp. 24-46)


Through the Gate: The implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short-term prisoners (2019)
Millings, Matthew; Taylor, Stuart; Burke, Lol and Ragonese, Ester
Probation Journal, 66(1) (pp. 77-95)


Cannabis Use in an English Community: Acceptance, Anxieties, and the Liminality of Drug Prohibition (2018-12)
Taylor, Stuart; Beckett Wilson, Helen; Barrett, Giles; Jamieson, Janet and Grindrod, Lauren
Contemporary Drug Problems, 45(4) (pp. 401-424)


Too Drunk to Consent? Exploring the Contestations and Disruptions in Male-Focused Sexual Violence Prevention Interventions (2018-06-01)
Carline, Anna; Gunby, Clare and Taylor, Stuart
Social & Legal Studies, 27(3) (pp. 299-322)


Propagating the Haze? Community and professional perceptions of cannabis cultivation and the impacts of prohibition (2017)
Beckett Wilson, Helen; Taylor, Stuart; Barrett, Giles; Jamieson, Janet and Grindrod, Lauren
International Journal of Drug Policy, 48 (pp. 72-80)


Transforming Rehabilitation during a penal crisis: A case study of Through the Gate services in a resettlement prison in England and Wales (2017)
Taylor, Stuart; Burke, Lol; Millings, Matthew and Ragonese, Ester
European Journal of Probation, 9(2) (pp. 115-131)


Location, libation and leisure: An examination of the use of licensed venues to help challenge sexual violence (2017)
Gunby, Clare; Carline, Anna and Taylor, Stuart
Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 13(3) (pp. 315-333)


Prohibition, privilege and the drug apartheid: The failure of drug policy reform to address the underlying fallacies of drug prohibition (2016)
Taylor, Stuart; Buchanan, Julian and Ayres, Tammy
Criminology & Criminal Justice, 16(4) (pp. 452-469)


Moving beyond the other: A critique of the reductionist drugs discourse. (2016)
Taylor, Stuart
Cultuur and Criminalitiet, 1 (pp. 100-118)


‘New’ Strategy, usual suspects: a critique of reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery (2011)
Taylor, Stuart
Criminal Justice Matters, 84(1) (pp. 24-26)


Outside the outsiders: Media representations of drug use (2008)
Taylor, Stuart
Probation Journal, 55(4) (pp. 369-387)


‘The worst tax form you’ve ever seen’? Probation officers’ views about OASys (2006)
Mair, George; Burke, Lol and Taylor, Stuart
Probation Journal, 53(1) (pp. 7-23)


Media and Intoxication: Media Representations of the Intoxicated (2020)
Ayres, Tammy and Taylor, Stuart
In: Hutton, Fiona ed. Cultures of Intoxication: Key Issues and Debates (pp. 239-261)
Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan | Published : Cham


The 12 Dichotomies of Drug Policy (2020)
Taylor, Stuart and Ayres, Tammy
In : British Society of Criminology SW Branch: ‘Dangerous Drugs in the Contemporary Era (2020)


Drugs, Consumerism and Harm: Private drug checking (2019)
Taylor, Stuart
In : European Society of Criminology (2019, Ghent)


Through the Gate: the implementation, management and delivery of resettlement service provision for short-term prisoners (2018)
Taylor, Stuart
In : European Society of Criminology (2018, Sarajevo)


Deviant Leisure: Consuming Harm - Intervening with Deviant Leisure (2017)
Taylor, Stuart
In : American Society of Criminology (2017, Philadelphia)


Gendered sexual violence in the Night-Time Economy (2017)
Taylor, Stuart
In : Tackling Sexism On-Campus (2017, University of Liverpool)


Transforming Rehabilitation and Through The Gate: Research from a resettlement prison (2016-11)
Taylor, Stuart; Burke, Lol; Millings, Matthew and Ragonese, Ester Louisa
In : American Society of Criminology Conference (16-19 Nov 2016, New Orleans, LA, USA)


On Fallacies and Alienation: The Reductionist Drugs Discourse (2015)
Taylor, Stuart
In : The Other, Cultural Criminology Conference (2015, VU University, Amsterdam)


The Shifting Landscape of Cannabis in the Community: Acceptance, Anxieties and Ambiguities (2014-07)
Beckett Wilson, Helen and Taylor, Stuart
In : BSC - British Society of Criminology Conference (9-12 Jul 2014, Liverpool)


The Shifting Landscape of Cannabis in the Community: Acceptance, Anxieties and Ambiguities (2014)
Taylor, Stuart
In : 2014 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (19-22 Nov 2014, San Francisco)


The Shifting Landscape of Cannabis in the Community: Acceptance, Anxieties and Ambiguities (2014)
Taylor, Stuart and Wilson, Helen Beckett
In : European Society of Criminology Conference (Eurocrim2014) (10-13 Sep 2014, Prague)


Public education and public criminology from the UK (2013)
Taylor, Stuart
In : 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology: Expanding the Core: Neglected Crimes, Groups, Causes and Policy Approaches (20-23 Nov 2013, Atlanta)


The ‘Day of Crime’ programme: Lessons in public education and public criminology from the UK? (2013)
Taylor, Stuart
In : European Society of Criminology Conference (4-7 Sep 2013, Budapest)


The Path to Enlightenment? Public Engagement, Public Education and the role of the Public Criminologist (2012-11)
Taylor, Stuart
In : 25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (27-29 Nov 2012, Auckland, New Zealand)


The Great Unmentionable’ Just why do [we] continue to ignore the potential benefits of illegal drug use? (2012)
Taylor, Stuart
In : Public lecture (04 Dec 2012, University of Victoria, Wellington)


‘Days of Crime': The route to a more enlightened, engaged and educated public? (2011-08)
Taylor, Stuart
In : 16th World Congress - International Society for Criminology conference (5-9 Aug 2011, Kobe, Japan)


Community Justice & Public Engagement: Rhetoric & Reality (2010-09)
Taylor, Stuart
In : European Society of Criminology Conference (8-11 Sep 2010, Liege)


Mutton Dressed as Lamb? The case of the community order and the suspended sentence order in England & Wales (2008-07)
Taylor, Stuart
In : World Congress of Criminology Conference (Jul 2008, Barcelona, Spain)


The Community Order: Issues of implementation & use (2007)
Taylor, Stuart
In : British Society of Criminology Conference (2007, Glasgow, Scotland)


The worst Tax Form you’ve ever seen’: Probation Officers views on OASyS (2005-07)
Mair, George; Burke, Lol and Taylor, Stuart
In : British Society of Criminology Conference (12-14 Jul 2005, Leeds, England)


Private drug testing: reducing harm, guaranteeing good times?
Taylor, Stuart
In : Drugs: North West (2019, Manchester)


The Twelve Dichotomies of Drug Policy
Taylor, Stuart
In : Liverpool John Moores University Christmas Research Café (2018, Liverpool)


How will different user groups respond to legal reform?
Taylor, Stuart
In : Cannabis in a post-prohibition world (organised by LJMU Public Health Institute and Volteface) (2018, Liverpool)


Transforming Rehabilitation and Through the Gate
Taylor, Stuart
In : Penal Reform - Where to Next? (2017, University of Nottingham)


The Metamorphosis of Prohibition: Do global drug policy reforms represent progressive change?
Taylor, Stuart
In : American Society of Criminology Conference (2016, New Orleans)


'It was only a grope’: Findings from an evaluation of two sexual offence prevention campaigns running in the Night Time Economy
Taylor, Stuart
In : European Society of Criminology Conference (2015, Porto)


The community order and the suspended sentence order: The views and attitudes of sentencers (2008)
Taylor, Stuart; Mair, George and Cross, Noel
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, London.


The use and impact of the Community Order and the Suspended Sentence Order (2007)
Taylor, Stuart; Mair, George and Cross, Noel
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, London.