Dr Jack Spicer

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  • Qualifications:BA(Hons), MSc, PhD
  • Position:Lecturer - Criminology
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 88401
  • Email:Jack.Spicer@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Dr Jack Spicer is a Lecturer in Criminology.  He has written extensively on the emergence of the 'County Lines' drug supply model onto the policy landscape, the practice of 'cuckooing' and the associated responses. This reflects his wider research interests into the functioning of illicit drug markets, the enforcement of drug laws and drug policy reform.


Dr Spicer has published articles in leading journals and presented papers at a range of international conferences. In 2019 he was awarded 'Best Early Career Researcher' by the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. In 2021 he was the recipient of the prestigious Radzinowicz Prize. As a member of a number of domestic and international networks, he regularly contributes to practitioner events, public engagement initiatives and media engagements. He is the co-editor of Routledge's 'Drugs, Crime and Society' book series and sits on the editorial board for The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology. His first book entitled Policing County Lines: Responses to Evolving Provincial Drug Markets was published in 2021.


Dr Spicer is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He teaches modules on criminological theory, drugs and cultural criminology.

Area of expertise

Illicit drug markets; drug law enforcement; policing; multi-agency partnerships; qualitative research methods 


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