Dr. Adam Aitken

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building, Room L510.


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Current positions

Lecturer in Criminology


Adam joined the University of Salford in 2021 having previously worked as Criminology Lecturer at De Montfort University (2017-2021) and assistant lecturer at the University of Glasgow (2013-2017). He has taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate topics including criminological perspectives in security and globalisation, policing and society, crime, risk and community safety, and understanding and explaining crime. He completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2017 and has since published in international journals such as policing and society, security journal, and democracy and security. His research interests lie in the areas of policing, private security, security governance, securitisation, environmental harms and place making. Currently, he is working as co-investigator on a BA/Leverhulme funded project looking at 'place-making and rural resilience in response to flooding in the UK'. Adam has also acted as 1st supervisor for a successful PhD completion and is open to supervising prospective PhD students in his related areas of expertise. 


Level 4

  • Crime, Conflict and Society (M/L)
  • Becoming a Social Scientist

Level 5

  • Internet Risk and Security (M/L)

Research Interests

  • Security governance
  • Policing
  • Private security
  • Securitisation
  • Mega-events
  • Place-making
  • Environmental harms

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD in Criminology (University of Glasgow)
  • MSc Applied Social Research in Criminology (University of Stirling)
  • BA (Hons) Criminological Studies (Abertay University, Dundee)


  • Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR)
  • Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)
  • European Society of Criminology