Staff Profile

  • Dr Paul Famosaya is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and he is the Programme Leader for Criminology with Psychology. Prior to his appointment at UON, Paul taught Criminology and Policing at both Middlesex University and the University of Cumbria – where he contributed to the development and running of modules at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. He is interested and active in international research around policing, and institutional and individual forms of illicit partnerships, including social harm and injustice. He is a member of the British Society of Criminology and currently serving as a reviewer of a few internationally reputed journals. He is the winner of the 2021 Emerald Literati Award for the outstanding reviewer of the year.

  • Paul currently leads The Science of Crime and Criminal module as well as the Policing and Crime Control module. Over the years, He has led several modules and taught many areas within the criminology and policing discipline at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Some of these areas include global crimes, theoretical criminology, crime and control in a social context, prisons and punishments, criminological concepts, crime and deviance, social exclusion, new ideas in criminology, etc.

  • Paul’s research interest covers a wide array of topics – some of which include illegal markets, corporate harms, policing and police culture, theories of crime, power crimes, social harm and injustice. He has published at the International Journal of Research & Policy: Policing and Society Journal and he is currently exploring the multiple ways through which pandemics and criminology intersect. Paul has served as a Ph.D. internal adviser/assessor for a PhD panel, and he is also interested in supervising doctoral candidates working on similar projects.


  • Book Chapter

    • 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

    Published Paper and Selected Conferences

    • Paul Famosaya (2020) Police-citizen interactions in Nigeria: the ‘ordinary’ aspects, Policing and Society, 31:8, 936 949,
    • 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 (2019) ‘Restoring order through shaming’, Restorative Approaches in Further Education Symposium, June 2019
    • Paul Famosaya (2016) ‘Moral economy of Law enforcement. Bi-annual PhD conference, school of Law, Middlesex University, London