Staff Profile

  • Dr. Paul Famosaya is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Northampton (UON). In his role, he has held leadership roles within the department, previously serving as the Programme Leader for the Criminology Joint Honours programme and currently leading the Criminology with Psychology degree programme. Prior to joining UON, Dr. Famosaya held academic appointments at Middlesex University in London and the University of Cumbria, where he contributed to the development and delivery of Criminology and Policing modules at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests and areas of expertise span policing, crimes of finance, institutional and individual forms of corrupt practices, social harm and injustice. He is an active member of the British Society of Criminology and serves as a reviewer for several internationally renowned academic journals.

    He is the recipient of the 2021 Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Reviewer of the Year.

  • Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Famosaya has developed modules and taught across all levels at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His areas of teaching expertise span a wide range of modules spanning a diverse array of topics within the criminology and policing disciplines. These include policing and crime controls, prisons and punishments, theoretical criminology, global crimes, financial crimes, challenges in criminology, social exclusion, criminological concepts, crime and deviance, and numerous other specialised areas.

  • Dr. Famosaya’s research interests encompass a wide array of topics within the field of criminology and policing. His scholarly work explores areas such as police-citizen interactions, policing culture, power crimes, corruption, illegal markets and economies, as well as corporate harms and injustice. He remains actively engaged in ongoing policing research projects, and remains keen to advance knowledge in these critical areas. He has served as an examiner for a PhD transfer panel, as well as an external PhD examiner for a mock viva examination, where he has provided invaluable guidance and expertise to students navigating the rigors of the doctoral process. Underscoring his commitment to fostering the growth of emerging researchers in the field, Dr. Famosaya is currently accepting PhD candidates for supervision.


  • Published Papers & Conferences

    • Paul Famosaya (2023) Protest and Policing in a Pandemic, in Cortvriend, A., Easthope, L., Edkins, J., & Purnell, K. (ed.)When This Is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic. Bristol University Press
    • Paul Famosaya (2021) Pandemics and Criminology. Psych+ Series, University of Cumbria, UK.
    • Paul Famosaya (2021) Conditions of COVID-19 – a criminological angle. Crime and harm, challenges of social and global justice. British Society of Criminology annual conference. UK
      Lula Mecinska & Paul Famosaya (2021) Delivering Cross- campus Sessions: reflections on moving from parallel working to working together’. Annual Learning & Teaching Fest 2021, Sustaining our Development in Digital Learning, Teaching and Student Support, University of Cumbria.
    • Paul Famosaya (2020) Police-citizen interactions in Nigeria: the ‘ordinary’ aspects, Policing and Society, 31:8, 936 949,
    •  Famosaya (2019) ‘Restoring order through shaming’, Restorative Approaches in Further Education Symposium, June 2019
    • Famosaya (2016) ‘Interactionist Perspective of Police; RSSC, Research Student Summer Conference, Annual Doctoral researcher’s conference, Middlesex University, London
      Famosaya (2016) ‘Moral economy of Law enforcement. Bi-annual PhD conference, school of Law, Middlesex University, London