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Mr Tony Murphy

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Professional biography

Tony Murphy took up the role of Staff Tutor within the Social Policy and Criminology group in September 2019, having worked as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University from 2013, and prior to that, a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster (2008 to 2013). He has also held teaching posts at various other institutions, worked as a Research Assistant within the Department of Social Policy at LSE, and has acted as external examiner or external validation panel member for eight universities in total (presently for Birmingham City University BA Criminology degrees). Tony has worked at the OU since 2007 in one form or another, when he began as a student enquiry and registrations advisor, and then subsequently a faculty assistant, and then a tutor. As a Staff Tutor, he manages clusters for DD105 and DD311, and he is on the module team for DD102. In addition to this, he has written book chapters and VLE for DD102 and DD215. Tony led the organisation and delivery of the 2021 BSC Annual Conference at the Open University. He currently serves on the University Senate.

Tony is studying for a D.Phil at Oxford, researching penal transportation from Britain to Australia, having previously completed an MSc at Oxford. Prior to that, he completed MSc and BSc degrees at LSE, and several postgraduate qualifications through the Open University. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, with HEA / Advance HE Fellowship.

Research interests

Tony's research interests span the Social Sciences broadly, including criminological theory; critical criminological approaches; higher education; social inequalities, exclusion, and rights; penology; and history and crime. He has had work published across these areas. His main focus at present, is work on penal transportation. He has written a Criminology textbook for SAGE.


Penal Transportation from Britain to Australia, 1788 to 1868: four phases of penal administration and experimentation (2022)
Murphy, Tony
Journal on European History of Law, 12(2) (pp. 70-78)

Revising the Research Excellence Framework: ensuring quality in REF2021, or new challenges ahead? (2017)
Murphy, Tony
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 21(1) (pp. 34-39)

Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: A small survey of academics (2015-11)
Murphy, Tony and Sage, Daniel
Australian Universities' Review, 57(2) (pp. 31-36)

Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: a media analysis (2015-10)
Murphy, Tony and Sage, Daniel
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36(6) (pp. 603-615)

The nomenclature of the undeserving poor : an enduring history of marginalization (2015)
Murphy, Tony
Journal on European History of Law, 6(1) (pp. 103-108)

Implementing Evidence‐Based Parenting Programmes in a Small Sample of English Urban Local Authorities: Eligibility, Fidelity and Intensity (2013-10-03)
West, Anne; Mitchell, Louisa and Murphy, Tony
Children & Society, 27(6) (pp. 471-483)

Why we need to think about research malpractice in the social sciences (2013)
Murphy, Tony
Criminal Justice Matters, 94(1) (pp. 26-27)

A dual-polarization InSb receiver for 461/492 GHz (1992-10)
Padman, Rachael; White, Glenn J.; Barker, Robert; Bly, Dennis; Johnson, Nick; Gibson, Hugh; Griffin, Matt; Murphy, J. Anthony; Prestage, Richard; Rogers, John and Scivetti, Anthony
International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 13(10) (pp. 1487-1513)

Criminology: a contemporary introduction (2019-10-29)
Murphy, Tony
ISBN : 9781526411402 | Publisher : SAGE | Published : London

Terror and Trafficking in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: A Routine Activity Approach (2019-08-08)
Murphy, Tony
In: Jaishankar, K. ed. Routledge Handbook of South Asian Criminology
ISBN : 9781482260458 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

"It’s not just about recovery": The Right Turn Veteran-Specific Recovery Service Evaluation, Final report. (2017-06)
Albertson, Katherine; Best, David; Pinkney, Aaron; Murphy, Tony; Irving, James and Stevenson, Judy
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

Right Turn Veteran-Specific Recovery Service: 5 site evaluation pilot: Interim report (2016)
Albertson, Katherine; Best, David; Irving, Jamie; Murphy, Tony; Buckingham, Sarah; Morton, Gavin; Stevenson, Judy; Crowley, Mike; Mama-Rudd, Adam and Chagger, Alex
Sheffield Hallam University and The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

Perceptions and ‘impacts’ of the REF: key aim for next round should be to explore apprehension and minimise anxieties (2014)
Murphy, Tony and Sage, Daniel
LSE Impact Blog, London School of Economics