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Scholarly biography

Dr. Lambros Fatsis is Lecturer in Criminology within the School of Applied Social Science (SASS) at the University of Brighton, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Lambros joined the University of Brighton in September 2019. He previously taught Sociology and Criminology at the University of Southampton, and the University of Sussex.

At Southampton he won a Faculty Teaching Award, a ‘Most Engaging Lecturer’ award, and was nominated twice for the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award and the Students’ Union ‘Best Academic Support’ award. At Sussex, he won an Excellence in Teaching Award and was nominated for a Student Led Teaching Award.

Research interests

Lambros' research interests revolve around a critique of dominant interpretations and public perceptions of the public sphere, culture, and intellectual life, the criminalisation of Black music (sub)cultures, and police racism. He is particularly interested in how certain forms of public expression and creativity are not only marginalised in the relevant academic literature, but also criminalised by law enforcement agencies.

His current research focuses on the criminalisation of Black music subcultures such as UK grime and drill through a host of unfair and illegitimate police practices. He is also interested in the political significance of deviance/ “deviant (sub)cultures”, and also specialises in the history of institutional racism in the UK with a particular emphasis on policing.

Parts of his research have been published at the Crime, Media, Culture journal, and The Sociological Review, and the European Journal of Social Theory, and he is currently completing a book with Mark Carrigan on public sociology and social media for Bristol University Press. Lambros’ work is also featured in non-academic publications that include three short stories for the So-Fi sociological fiction zine and a long Introduction that he was commissioned to write for the Greek edition of A History of Seven Killings by the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James.

Knowledge exchange

Lambros regularly provides expertise on debates around citizenship, public intellectual life, policing and the criminalisation of Black music subcultures to a variety of print, broadcast and online media and international policy-making organisations that include: the British Society of Criminology blog, Discover Society,The Conversation, The Sociological Review blog, the European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog of the LSE, Huffington Post, BBC Radio Sussex, the prestigious Greek daily I Kathimerini, the prominent Brazilian newspaper O Globo, and the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 In January 2019, he was announced as the winner of the first-ever ‘British Society of Criminology Blogger of the Year Award’. 


Supervisory Interests

I would be delighted to receive proposals for doctoral studies in my areas of expertise as listed below:

  • Cultural and Critical Criminology
  • Criminalisation of Black urban music
  • Police racism
  • Black British history and subcultures (especially soundsystem culture)
  • Sociology of public and intellectual life


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Critical Criminology
  • Police Racism
  • Black Music Subcultures
  • Black British History & Culture
  • Soundsystem Culture
  • Sociology of Public & Intellectual Life
  • Public Sociology

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Research Output

Ballad of the Bullet: Gangs, Drill Music, and the Power of Online Infamy

Fatsis, L., 25 Aug 2020, In : Crime, Media, Culture. p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook Review

Inside the COVID-19 State: Protecting Public Health Through Law Enforcement

Fatsis, L., 20 Apr 2020, British Society of Criminology.

Research output: Other contribution

News of Police Racism May Shock, But Should It Surprise?

Fatsis, L., 16 Jun 2020, British Society of Criminology.

Research output: Other contribution

Now that Grime is “Pop”, When Will the Panic about Drill Music Stop?

Fatsis, L., 7 Aug 2019, Discover Society magazine.

Research output: Other contribution

Policing the beats: The criminalisation of UK drill and grime music by the London Metropolitan Police

Fatsis, L., 5 Apr 2019, In : The Sociological Review. 67, 6, p. 1300-1316

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    Thinking with Music about Police Racism, State Violence and Social Justice

    Lambros Fatsis (Presenter)

    15 Jul 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk