Dominic Aitken


  • Lecturer A, Law
  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde as a Lecturer in Criminal Law in August 2022, having previously been a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Bath (2020–22) and an Associate Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton (2018–20).

My work is broadly concerned with the history and politics of criminal justice and migration control, and draws on ideas from both law and the social sciences. My main focus to date has been on coercive institutions, such as prisons and immigration removal centres (IRCs). My writing on prison oversight has been published in the journal Punishment & Society, and I have done fieldwork in several IRCs in the UK.

In 2019, I completed my DPhil at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, researching responses to deaths in custody. My doctorate was supported by a competitive ESRC 1+3 Studentship, and during my postgraduate studies I taught at the Universities of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Reading.

Prior to my DPhil, I did an MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice (Distinction) at the University of Oxford, receiving the Roger Hood Prize for the top graduate. In 2014, I was awarded the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize for the most distinguished undergraduate in Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford


Master in Science, University of Oxford


Bachelor of Laws, University of Edinburgh



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  • Investigating prison suicides: the politics of independent oversight

    Aitken, D., 1 Jul 2022, In: Punishment and Society. 24, 3, p. 477-497 21 p.

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  • Life and Death in Immigration Detention

    Aitken, D., 7 May 2018, Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility. Fili, A., Jahnsen, S. & Powell, R. (eds.). 1st ed. London, p. 114-129 16 p. (Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship).

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