Professor Andrew Millie


Andrew Millie is Professor of Criminology and Associate Head of the Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University. Andrew is the author of ‘Philosophical Criminology’ (2016) and his latest book is entitled ‘Criminology and Public Theology: On Hope, Mercy and Restoration’ (2021), a collection that brings together leading criminologists and theologians to challenge penal orthodoxy. His research sits at the crossroads between criminology, philosophy and theology and aims to uncover the roots of criminological debates, and challenge conventional thinking in penal theory and ethics.

According to a review in the journal Theology, ‘Criminology and Public Theology’ is “an outstanding work of great originality and impressive rigour that illuminates an almost completely ignored field”.

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe has described ‘Philosophical Criminology’ as: “An adventurous and exciting book with fresh thinking … Well-researched, hugely accessible, and memorable.”

Andrew has published in other related areas, including on sentencing decisions, and the criminalisation and punishment of everyday incivilities or anti-social behaviours. He has also considered the value judgments that inform criminalisation, including moral, prudential, economic and aesthetic judgements. Building on this work, Andrew has developed ideas of an aesthetic criminology where the look and feel of places impacts decisions to censure, tolerate or celebrate actions or omission.

Andrew has also written on aspects of policing and has recently completed an ESRC-funded project on Visible Policing with colleagues at Northumbria University and the Open University.

Andrew has been at Edge Hill University for over a decade, but previously worked at several institutions including the University of Glasgow, Loughborough University and King’s College London. He has also been Visiting Fellow at the University of Toronto and at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Andrew is Editor of the Bristol University Press book series ‘New Horizons in Criminology’. He is Chair of the Regional Groups and Specialist Networks Committee of the British Society of Criminology, and member of the Research Advisory Group of the Howard League for Penal Reform. Andrew is also an Associate of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). Here at Edge Hill University, Andrew has departmental responsibility for knowledge exchange and he is Director of the Police Research Unit.

Research Interests

  • Criminology
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Penal theory
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetic criminology
  • Policing

Postgraduate Research Students

Andrew welcomes informal enquiries for postgraduate study at MRes or PhD, especially on penal theory and Christian ethics, and intersections between philosophy, criminal justice and criminology.

Current students

Holly Devlin (PhD)

Sharon Dickinson (PhD)

Former students

Jan Adams – PhD awarded

Grace Robinson – PhD awarded

Sharon Dickinson – MRes awarded



  • PhD “Crime in the City Centre: Patterns and Perception of Risk. A Case Study of Swansea”, University of Wales Swansea, 1997
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton, 2006
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Wales Swansea, 1991


  • CRI3023 Crime and Place
  • CRI3024 Criminology and Philosophy


Professor Andrew Millie is currently working on a monograph on Criminal Justice and Christian Ethics.

Full details of Andrew’s publications can be found on Edge Hill Research Pure.



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