Professor Andrew Millie


Andrew Millie is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Police Research Unit at Edge Hill University. He has been at Edge Hill since 2011. His research is interdisciplinary and draws on philosophy, theology and urban geography to inform criminological debates. He is Editor of the Bristol University Press series “New Horizons in Criminology”, and author of “Philosophical Criminology” (2016).

Andrew is External Examiner at the University of York and University of Southampton. He is currently on the Editorial Board of ‘Crime Prevention & Community Safety’, he has been on the editorial board of the ‘British Journal of Criminology’ and has also been an editor of ‘Urban Studies’. Andrew has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Toronto in Canada and at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Associate of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR)

Co-Chair of the North West Branch of the British Society of Criminology

Member of the Research Advisory Group for the Howard League for Penal Reform

Current Projects

Visible Policing

Andrew is currently funded by the ESRC to explore the structural and communicative impacts of different forms of police presence and visibility. The project is in partnership with Professor Michael Rowe at Northumbria University and Dr Matthew Jones at the Open University.

Criminology and Public Theology

Andrew is also editing a volume entitled: “Criminology and Public Theology: On Hope, Mercy and Restoration” to be published in 2020. The volume brings together leading scholars from criminology and theology to challenge criminal justice orthodoxy, to question the dominance of retributive punishment, and to consider alternatives that draw on Christian ideas of hope, mercy and restoration.

PhD Research Students

Jan Adams: “Everyday morality and anti-social behaviour”

Sharon Dickinson: “Gentrification, criminalisation and the rise of DIY skateparks: An investigation into the social production of urban space”

Grace Robinson: “Gangs and Child Criminal Exploitation: A Case Study of Merseyside”

Andrew welcomes applications from prospective MRes and PhD students.

Andrew welcomes applications from prospective PhD students.



  • 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


  • CRI3020 Dissertation
  • CRI3023 Crime and Place
  • CRI3024 Criminology and Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Criminology
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Human geography
  • Policing

Recent Publications

(full details on the Edge Hill Research Archive)

Millie, A. (2019) ‘Crimes of the senses: Yarn bombing and aesthetic criminology’, British Journal of Criminology. Doi 10.1093/bjc/azz036

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

Millie, A. and Wells, H. (2019) ‘Contemporary policing and non-warranted volunteering’, Policing and Society, 29(4) 371-375.

Millie, A. (2018) ‘The beliefs and values of police volunteers’, in K. Bullock and A. Millie (eds.) The Special Constabulary: Historical Context, International Comparisons and Contemporary Themes, Abingdon: Routledge.

Millie, A. and Hirschler, S. (2018) New Recruits in the Police: A Study of Attitudes, Values and Beliefs, Ormskirk: Edge Hill University.

Bullock, K. and Millie, A. (eds.) (2018) The Special Constabulary: Historical Context, International Comparisons and Contemporary Themes, Abingdon: Routledge.

Millie, A. (2017) ‘Urban Interventionism as a Challenge to Aesthetic Order: Towards an Aesthetic Criminology’, Crime, Media, Culture, 13(1) 3-20.

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

Millie, A. (2016) Volunteering within the Police: Experiences of Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers, Ormskirk: Edge Hill University.

Millie, A. (2014) ‘The aesthetics of anti-social behaviour’, in S. Pickard (ed.) Anti-Social Behaviour in Britain: Victorian and Contemporary Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Millie, A. (2014) ‘Reassurance policing and signal crimes’, in G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, New York: Springer.

Millie, A. (2014) ‘What are the police for? Rethinking policing post-austerity’, in J. Brown (ed.) The Future of Policing, London: Routledge.

Millie, A. (2014) ‘The case for a narrower focus to policing’, The Great Debate: How Wide or Narrow Should the Police’s Remit Be? Public Safety Leadership Research Focus, 2(4) 1-4. Australian Institute for Police Management.

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

Millie, A. (2013) ‘Replacing the ASBO: An opportunity to stem the flow into the Criminal Justice System’, in A. Dockley and I. Loader (eds.) The Penal Landscape: The Howard League Guide to Criminal Justice in England and Wales, London: Routledge.

Millie, A. and Bullock, K. (2013) ‘Policing in a time of contraction and constraint: re-imagining the role and function of contemporary policing’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13(2) 133-142.

Recent Plenaries and Invited Lectures

March 2019, Aesthetic criminology and taste: Sensory, affective and emotional stories of crime and punishment, Narrative Justice: A British Society of Aesthetics Conference, Edge Hill University.

April 2018, Public theology, criminology and hope, Criminology and Public Theology Seminar, Edge Hill University.

November 2017, Criminology, philosophy and Christian theology, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

September 2017: Attitudes, beliefs and values of new recruits within Lancashire Constabulary, Evidence-Based Policing Research Champions Event, Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters.

March 2017, Christian theology as a challenge to criminal justice, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth.

October 2016, Philosophical Criminology – Book Launch, Edge Hill University.

October 2014, How wide or narrow should the police’s remit be? Second International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, VU University, Amsterdam.