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Paul Almond

Areas of interest

Professor Paul Almond currently teaches the following courses on the LLB and LLM programmes:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Public Law II
  • Crime, Law, and Society

He is also currently acting as module convenor for Criminology.

Paul's research interests are in the areas of criminal law, regulation and enforcement, criminology and criminal justice, and health and safety law. He has published in a range of different journals and outlets on these issues. In particular, he has researched and written about issues to do with corporate manslaughter and workplace fatality cases, and his book, 'Corporate Manslaughter and Regulatory Reform' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), tackled some of the conceptual issues around this area of law. He has also written about the history and practice of regulation, and his book 'Health and Safety in Contemporary Britain: Society, Legitimacy, and Change since 1960' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, with Mike Esbester) charted the emergence and development of this area of law and policy across the last 60 years. His work has featured in national and international media, including the Independent and Sunday Telegraph and on BBC Newsnight, BBC News 24, Radio 4 (the Today programme) and Radio 5 Live, and on TV in Japan, South Korea, and elsewhere.

Research projects

Between 2008-9, Paul was the holder and Principal Investigator of an ESRC Small Grant (£99,862) for a project entitled 'Understanding public perceptions of the social significance of work-related fatality cases'. More recently, he received (along with Dr Mike Esbester, University of Portsmouth) a grant from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH, £199,702) to investigate 'The Changing Legitimacy of Health and Safety Regulation, 1960-2015'. This project ran from 2013-16 and resulted in a series of outputs; a copy of the project report can be found here. Paul has also held research grants awarded by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the British Academy, and the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).

Paul is interested in finding ways to use innovative assessment methods to enhance his teaching and has published on this topic. He also held a HEFCE CETL-AURS Project Fund grant (£31,350) to explore the use of Enquiry-Based Learning in the LLB curriculum.

Selected publications

Recent conference papers

‘Smoked Kippers and Red Herrings: ‘Euromyths’ and the UK Regulatory Environment’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Exeter University, 04 September 2020.
‘Workplace Safety and Criminalisation: A Double-Edged Sword’, Criminality at Work workshop, University of Bristol, UK, 29 June 2018.
‘Regulation and Governance versus Criminology: Disciplinary Divides, Intersections, and Opportunities’, European Society of Criminology (ESC) Annual Conference, Cardiff University, UK, 15 September 2017.
‘Regulation and Governance versus Criminology’, European Working Group on Organisational Crime (EUROC) Annual Research Symposium, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 31 August 2017.
‘The Commodification of Safety’, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Regulatory Governance Biennial Conference, Tilburg University, Netherlands, 6-8 July 2016.
‘Il/legitimate Risks? Perceptions of Occupational Safety and Health in Post-1960 Britain’, British Legal History Conference (BLHC), Reading University, UK, 10 July 2015.
‘Regulatory Inspection and the Changing Legitimacy of Health and Safety’ at the LSE Centre for the Analysis of Risk Regulation (CARR) event, ‘Whither Inspection’, London, UK, 25 June 2015.

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