Dr. Anthony Ellis

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building L517

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Current positions

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology


Anthony was appointed Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology in August 2014. Before joining Salford Anthony had spent four years studying for a PhD at the University of Sheffield, which utilised ethnography to study violent crime amongst men in economically deprived communities in the north of England. This was later published as a monograph with Routledge entitled 'Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study'. In 2016, Anthony's monograph was awarded the British Society of Criminology's Critical Criminology book prize and has been described by critics as an 'outstanding ethnographic study' and a ‘remarkable synthesis of empirical data...and new ideas drawn from across the social sciences’.

Prior to studying for a PhD, Anthony had been employed as a youth worker and then as a social researcher with the National Children's Bureau, where he worked on a range of research projects and evaluations focused on improving social and health outcomes for children and their families. Anthony is a critical criminologist and his main area of research expertise and writing is around issues of violence and violent crime. Most recently Anthony's work has focused upon recorded increases in 'higher harm violence', particularly homicide and weapon-enabled violence, in England and Wales.

With several colleagues he has just recently begun exploring the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and nationally imposed lockdown measures within the UK. Anthony has also conducted research and published several papers addressing deviant behaviour and social harms embedded in nighttime leisure.

Areas of research

Male Violence, Homicide, Criminological Theory, Social Harm


Module Leader:

  • Violence in Society
  • Theoretical Criminology

Further teaching contribution to:

  • Crime
  • Conflict & Society
  • Inside-Out
  • Gender
  • Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Investigating Homicide

Research Interests

  • Male Violence
  • Homicide
  • Criminological Theory

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PGCAP University of Salford
  • PhD University of Sheffield
  • MA University of Sheffield
  • BA (with hons) University of Liverpool


  • Member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC)
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Accredited Inside-Out Facilitator
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)