Ben Hunter

Dr Ben Hunter BSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminology

Key details

Dr Ben Hunter

Associate Professor of Criminology

Ben Hunter was awarded his PhD from Keele University in 2008 and subsequently worked at Keele as a teaching fellow in Criminology before moving to the University of Sheffield where he was a Research Associate on the Leverhulme funded project 'Tracking Progress after Probation'. He then spent two years as a senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Winchester before joining the School of Law at the University of Greenwich in 2014.

His PhD thesis was titled 'Narratives of Change: Exploring Desistance from White-Collar Crime'.


Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Programme Leader, BSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology
  • Department representative on Faculty Ethics Committee
  • Criminology Employability Coordinator

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Desistance from crime
  • White-collar crime
  • Citizenship and offending
  • Existential sociology
  • Qualitative research methods

Recent publications

  • Hunter, B. (2015) White-Collar Offenders and Desistance from Crime. London: Routledge.
  • Hunter, B., (with Farrall, S.) (2015). Space, Place and Desistance from Drug Use. OñatiSocio-legal Series, 5 (3), 945-968.
  • Hunter, B. (with Farrall, S., Sharpe, G., & Calverley, A. (2015). What 'works' when retracing sample members in a qualitative longitudinal study? International Journal of Social Research Methodology, (ahead-of-print), 1-14.
  • Hunter, B. (with Farrall, S.) (2015). The white-collar offender as professional-ex. In Barak, G. (ed) The Routledge International Handbook of the Crimes of the Powerful. New York: Routledge.
  • Farrall, S., Hunter, B., Sharpe, G., & Calverley, A. (2014) Criminal Careers in Transition: The Social Context of Desistance from Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hunter, B. (2012). A contrast in lives? White-collar offenders in prison. Prison Service Journal, 199, 29-32.
  • Farrall, S., Sharpe, G., Hunter, B., & Calverley, A. (2011) Theorising structural and individual-level processes in desistance and persistence: Outlining an integrated perspective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 44, 2, 218-234.
  • Hunter, B. (2011) "I can't make my own future": White-collar offenders and the anticipation of release from prison in Farrall, S., Hough, M., Sparks, R., & Maruna, S. (eds). Escape Routes. Taylor and Francis.
  • Shover, N. & Hunter, B. (2010) Blue collar, white-collar: Crimes and Mistakes in Bernasco, W. (ed) Offenders on Offending: Learning About Crime from Criminals. Cullompton: Willan.
  • Hunter, B. (2009). White-collar offenders after the fall from grace: Stigma, blocked paths and resettlement in Lippens, R. & Crewe, D. (eds) Existentialist Criminology. London: Routledge.

Knowledge transfer activities

  • Hunter, B. (2011). Identifying the Motivation to Commit Fraud. Exatech Fraud Prevention Solutions Newsletter, Issue 1.
  • Hunter, B. (2010). Does Everybody Do It? Identifying the Motivation to Commit Fraud. Anti Fraud Network Newsletter, Issue 44, December.