Sharon Hartles

BA (Hons) Soc Sci Cri (Open) PG Cert SPI (Open), MA (CJ) (Open), , Ms

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Researcher with the University of Strathclyde

Member of the Open University's Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative

Member of the British Society of Criminology 

Published Critical Criminologist 


Sharon Hartles' has an interest in the crimes of the powerful elite and how crime and justice systems (locally and globally) are constructed to protect certain interests over others, whilst simultaneously exacerbating harms against already marginalised and vulnerable groups within society.


Her work focuses on challenging state-corporate crime, white-collar crime and spans a number of related areas such as the criminalisation of children, homelessness, drug usage (medical cannabis) and immigration.


Sharon is impassioned by criminology and social justice movements and this passion is reflected in her research. Her recent work has shone a light on the lack of truth, justice and accountability around (ongoing) harms resulting from the Grenfell ‘tragedy’, SNC-Lavalin ‘Affair’ and the Primodos ‘Scandal’.


In an explicit attempt to move beyond criminology, she draws upon techniques from across the disciplines including a zemiological approach and a health history lens to evidence the social, political and economic context (historical and geographical prevalence) in which harms, including those labelled as crimes, are produced and interwoven into society via socio-economic inequality. 


In doing so, Sharon's research endevours to provide a fresh approach to the challenges, problems and injustices faced by people in their day-to-day lives, whilst contributing and adding to the body of research within her interdisciplinary areas of study. 



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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Critical Criminology
  • Zemiology
  • Crimes of the powerful
  • Harms of the powerful
  • State-Corporate Crime
  • State Crimes
  • State Harms
  • Corporate Crimes
  • Corporate Harms
  • Social Harm
  • Social Murder
  • Hormone Pregnancy Tests (HPTs)
  • Primodos
  • Duogynon
  • Mesh
  • Sodium Valproate
  • pharmaceuticals
  • Truth
  • Justice
  • Social Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • State Accountability
  • Corporate Accountability
  • History
  • Heath History
  • History of science, technology and medicine


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