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Dr Mark Monaghan

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Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy

I joined the Department in April 2016. Prior to that I worked in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. I completed by my PhD in 2008 also at Leeds. My first degree was in sociology at the University of Liverpool. I work mainly in the area of social policy and criminology, but I am influenced by my background in sociology.

My primary research interests revolve around an analysis of ‘elites’. This has taken me in numerous directions. I have explored the influences and drivers of policy making looking at the relationship between science and evidence in the making of drugs and welfare policies. I have recently published work on State Criminality and Crimes of the Powerful. I am also interested in the theory and application of realist methods.

I convene modules on Criminological Theory and, reflecting my research interests, on Drugs Policy and Politics. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Monaghan MP, Prideaux SJ, State Crime and Immorality: The Corrupting Influence of the Powerful (Bristol: Policy Press, 2016)
  • Monaghan MP, Evidence Versus Politics: Exploiting Research in UK Drug Policy-Making(Bristol: Policy Press, 2011)

Journal Articles

  • Monaghan, M. and Yeomans, H. (forthcoming, 2016) ‘Mixing drink and drugs: 'Underclass' politics, the recovery agenda and the partial convergence of English alcohol and drugs policy’, International Journal of Drug Policy
  • Ingold, J. and Monaghan, M. (2016) Evidence Translation: An Actor- Centred Approach to Analysing the Evidence to Policy Connection, Policy & Politics 44 (2)
  • Monaghan M, Hamilton I, Lloyd C, Paton K, (2016) ‘Cannabis matters? Treatment responses to increasing cannabis presentations in addiction services in England’, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 23.1 54-61
  • Hamilton, I., Lloyd, C., Monaghan, M., and Paton, K. (2014) The Emerging Cannabis Treatment Population, Drugs and Alcohol Today, 14 (3) 150-3
  • Manzano, A., Monaghan, M. Clayton, M. and Potrata, B. (2014) The Invisible Issue of Organ Laundering, Transplantation 98 (6) 150-53
  • Monaghan, M. (2014) Drug Policy Governance in the UK: Lessons from changes to, and debates concerning, the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, International Journal of Drug Policy, 25 (5) 1025-1030
  • Monaghan, M. and Wincup, E. (2013) Work and the Journey to Recovery: Exploring the Implications of Welfare Reform for Methadone Maintenance Clients, International Journal of Drug Policy, 24 (6) e81-6
  • Monaghan, M. (2012) The Evolution of UK Drugs Policy: From Maintenance to Recovery?, People, Place and Policy Online, 6 (1) 29-40
  • Monaghan, M., Pawson, R., and Wicker, K. (2012) The Precautionary Principle and Evidence-Based Policy Making, Evidence and Policy, 8 (2) 171-91
  • Monaghan, M. (2010) Adversarial Policies and Evidence Utilisation: Modelling the Evidence and Policy Connection, German Policy Studies, 6 (2) 17-52
  • Monaghan, M. (2010) The Complexity of Evidence: Reflections on Research Utilisation in a Heavily Politicised Policy Area, Social Policy and Society, 9 (1) 1-12
  • Monaghan, M. (2008) The Evidence-Base in UK Drug Policy: The New Rules of Engagement, Policy and Politics, 36 (1) 145-50
  • Monaghan, M. (2008) Appreciating Cannabis: The Paradox of Evidence in Evidence-Based Policy-Making, Evidence and Policy 4 (2) 209-231

Book Chapters

  • Monaghan, M. (2014) ‘Welfare Reform and Drugs Policy: Coalition, Continuity and Change’ in Sanders, T. and Harrison, M. eds Behaviourism, Social Policies and Social Divisions; new research voices on the ‘not-so-big society’, Bristol: Policy Press
  • Monaghan, M. (2014) ‘State Violence’ in Atkinson, R (ed.) Shades of Deviance: A Prime on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm, London: Routledge
  • Monaghan, M. (2014) ‘Corporate Crime’ in Atkinson, R (ed.) Shades of Deviance: A Prime on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm, London: Routledge