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Professor Andrew Millie

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University in 2024, having previously been Professor of Criminology at Edge Hill University. Before that I worked at various institutions including the University of Glasgow, Loughborough University and King's College London. I graduated from Swansea in 1991.

I'm Editor of the Bristol University Press book series New Horizons in Criminology and I'm on the executive of the British Society of Criminology - currently Chair of their Regional Groups and Specialist Networks Committee. I'm on the Editorial Board of the journal Crime Prevention and Community Safetty, and I've previously been on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology. I have also been an Editor for the journal Urban Studies.

Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary and pushes criminological boundaries by drawing on philosophy and theology to critically question western penal orthodoxy and the history of criminological thought. My work looks at alternative meanings of core criminological concepts of justice, punishment, and criminalisation. I also publish on ‘aesthetic criminology’ and have an international reputation for critical research on policing - including being part of a recently completed project on Visible Policing (ESRC Grant Reference: ES/R011885/1). Recent books include:

Millie, A. (ed.) (2021) Criminology and Public Theology: On Mercy, Hope and Restoration, Bristol: Bristol University Press.

Millie, A. (2016) Philosophical Criminology, Bristol: Policy Press. 


The Lord’s Prayer, forgiveness, and criminal (in)justice (2023-11)
Andrew, Andrew
Theology, 126(6) (pp. 424-433)

Guerrilla gardening as normalised law-breaking: Challenges to land ownership and aesthetic order (2023-06)
Millie, Andrew
Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 19(2) (pp. 191-208)

Visible policing: uniforms and the (re)construction of police occupational identity (2023)
Rowe, Michael; Jones, Matthew; Millie, Andrew and Ralph, Liam
Policing and Society, 33(2) (pp. 222-237)

Police station meaning, closure and (in)visibility (2023)
Millie, Andrew; Ralph, Liam; Rowe, Michael and Jones, Matthew
Policing and Society ((early access))

Police recruits, moral judgements and an empathetic policing (2023)
Millie, Andrew and Hirschler, Steven
Criminology & Criminal Justice ((early access))

Street Skateboarding and the Aesthetic Order of Public Spaces (2022-11-01)
Dickinson, Sharon; Millie, Andrew and Peters, Eleanor
The British Journal of Criminology, 62(6) (pp. 1454-1469)

Maintaining police-citizen relations on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic (2022-06)
Ralph, Liam; Jones, Matthew; Rowe, Michael and Millie, Andrew
Policing and Society, 32(6) (pp. 764-777)

Everyday moral judgements of anti-social behaviour (2021-03)
Adams, Jan and Millie, Andrew
Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 23 (pp. 56-68)

Crimes of the Senses: Yarn Bombing and Aesthetic Criminology (2019-11)
Millie, Andrew
British Journal of Criminology, 59(6) (pp. 1269-1287)

Citizens in policing: The lived reality of being a Police Support Volunteer (2019-05)
Millie, Andrew
Policing and Society, 29(4) (pp. 407-419)

Urban interventionism as a challenge to aesthetic order: Towards an aesthetic criminology (2017-04)
Millie, Andrew
Crime, Media, Culture, 13(1) (pp. 3-20)

The case for a narrower focus to policing (2014)
Millie, Andrew
Public Safety Leadership Research Focus, 2(4) (pp. 1-4)

Policing in a time of contraction and constraint: Re-imagining the role and function of contemporary policing (2013-04)
Millie, Andrew and Bullock, Karen
Criminology & Criminal Justice, 13(2) (pp. 133-142)

The policing task and the expansion (and contraction) of British policing (2013)
Millie, Andrew
Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13(2) (pp. 143-160)

Police Stations, Architecture and Public Reassurance (2012-11)
Millie, Andrew
British Journal of Criminology, 52(6) (pp. 1092-1112)

Value judgments and criminalization (2011-03)
Millie, Andrew
British Journal of Criminology, 51(2) (pp. 278-295)

Anti-social behaviour, behavioural expectations and an urban aesthetic (2008-05)
Millie, Andrew
British Journal of Criminology, 48(3) (pp. 379-394)

Borderline sentencing: A comparison of sentencers' decision making in England and Wales, and Scotland (2007-08)
Millie, Andrew; Tombs, Jacqueline and Hough, Mike
Criminology and Criminal Justice, 7(3) (pp. 243-267)

Applying Reassurance Policing: Is it “Business as Usual”? (2006-06)
Herrington, Victoria and Millie, Andrew
Policing and Society, 16(2) (pp. 146-163)

Bridging the Gap: Understanding Reassurance Policing (2005-02)
Millie, Andrew and Herrington, Victoria
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 44(1) (pp. 41-56)

Does Tougher Enforcement Lead to Lower Reconviction? (2004)
Hearnden, Ian and Millie, Andrew
Probation Journal, 51(1) (pp. 48-58)

Understanding the growth in the prison population in England and Wales (2003)
Millie, Andrew; Jacobson, Jessica and Hough, Mike
Criminal Justice, 3, Article 41820(4) (pp. 369-387)

Exploring safety concerns in the night-time city: revitalising the evening economy (2000-01)
Bromley, Rosemary; Thomas, Colin and Millie, Andrew
Town Planning Review, 71(1) (pp. 71-96)

Philosophical Criminology (2016)
Millie, Andrew
New Horizons in Criminology
ISBN : 9781447323709, 9781447323730 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol, UK

Anti-social Behaviour (2009)
Millie, Andrew
ISBN : 9780335229161 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead, UK

Assessing the impact of the Reducing Burglary Initiative in southern England and Wales (2004)
Millie, Andrew and Hough, Mike
Home Office Online Report
ISBN : 1 84473 329 7 | Publisher : The Home Office | Published : London, UK

The Decision to Imprison: Sentencing and the Prison Population (2003)
Hough, Mike; Jacobson, Jessica and Millie, Andrew
ISBN : 0 94620 966 9 | Publisher : Prison Reform Trust | Published : London, UK

Researching Visible Policing (2024-01-01)
Ralph, Liam; Rowe, Michael; Millie, Andrew and Jones, Matthew
In: Martin, Denise and Tong, Stephen eds. Introduction to Policing Research: Taking Lessons from Practice, Second Edition (pp. 273-286)
ISBN : 9781003276456 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, UK

The Abstract Police and Occupational Culture (2022-02)
Rowe, Michael; Ralph, Liam; Millie, Andrew and Jones, Matthew
In: Terpstra, Jan; Salet, Renze and Fyfe, Nicholas R eds. The Abstract Police: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Change in Police Organisations (pp. 15-34)
ISBN : 9789462362642 | Publisher : Eleven International Publishing | Published : The Hague

Introduction: Public Criminology Meets Public Theology (2021)
Millie, Andrew
In: Millie, Andrew ed. Criminology and Public Theology: On Hope, Mercy and Restoration (pp. 1-18)
ISBN : 9781529207392 | Publisher : Bristol University Press | Published : Bristol, UK

Criminology and Public Theology: On Hope, Mercy and Restoration (2020-11)
Millie, Andrew
Millie, Andrew ed.
ISBN : 978-1529207392 | Publisher : Bristol University Press | Published : Bristol, UK

The Special Constabulary: Historical Context, International Comparisons and Contemporary Themes (2017-07)
Millie, Andrew
Bullock, Karen and Millie, Andrew eds.
Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice
ISBN : 9781138217256 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon

Securing respect: Behavioural expectations and anti-social behaviour in the UK (2009-04)
Millie, Andrew
Millie, Andrew ed.
ISBN : 978 1 84742 094 7 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol

Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing (2008)
Millie, Andrew and Das, Dilip K. eds.
ISBN : 9780429249587 | Publisher : CRC Press | Published : Boca Raton, Florida

Turning away from retribution: How criminology might find inspiration in Christian theology (2020)
Millie, Andrew
Transforming Society, Bristol University Press