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Scholarly biography

Dr. Lambros Fatsis is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology within the School of Humanities and Social Science (HASS) at the University of Brighton, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Lambros joined the University of Brighton in September 2019. He previously taught Sociology and Criminology at the University of Southampton, and the University of Sussex.

At Southampton he won a Faculty Teaching Award, a ‘Most Engaging Lecturer’ award, and was nominated twice for the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award and the Students’ Union ‘Best Academic Support’ award. At Sussex, he won an Excellence in Teaching Award and was nominated for a Student Led Teaching Award. At Brighton, Lambros won an Outstanding Research & Enterprise Impact Award.

Research interests

Lambros' research focuses on police racism and the criminalisation of Black music (sub)culture(s), fusing Cultural Criminology with Black radical thought. He is particularly interested in how certain forms of public expression and creativity are not only marginalised in the relevant academic literature, but also criminalised by law enforcement agencies. As such, Lambros' work addresses "deviance" as a racialised political category in the context of Britain's colonial past and institutionally racist present, with a particular emphasis on policing.

Parts of his research on the policing of UK grime and drill music have been published in Crime, Media, Culture  and The Sociological Review, while contributions to edited volumes include book chapters for Gordon and Newman’s Leading Works in Law and Social Justice (Routledge), Peršak and Di Ronco’s Harm and Disorder in the Urban Space: Social Control, Sense and Sensibility (Routledge) and Charles and Gani’s, 21st Century Black British Music (Liverpool University Press). He is also the co-author of  Policing the Pandemic: How Public Health Becomes Public Order (with Melayna Lamb) and The Public and Their Platforms: Public Sociology in an Era of Social Media (with Mark Carrigan).

Lambros’ work is also featured in non-academic publications that include three short stories for the So-Fi sociological fiction zine and an extensive Introduction that he was commissioned to write for the Greek edition of A History of Seven Killings by the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James.

Knowledge exchange

Lambros regularly provides expertise on debates around citizenship, public intellectual life, policing and the criminalisation of Black music subcultures to a variety of print, broadcast and online media and international policy-making organisations that include: the British Society of Criminology blog, StopWatch, Discover Society, The Conversation, The Sociological Review blog, the European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog of the LSE, Identities, The IndependentHuffington PostBBC Radio Sussex, the prestigious Greek daily I Kathimerini, the prominent Brazilian newspaper O Globo, and the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In January 2019, he was announced as the winner of the first-ever ‘British Society of Criminology Blogger of the Year Award’ in recognition of his article ‘Policing Black Culture One Beat at a Time’. As an expert in the policing of Black music genres, Lambros’ work has also been featured in the British Society of Criminology Podcast, the Oxford Centre for Criminology podcast, the Media Law Podcast, the Transforming Society podcast,the Mixed in Key Podcast, a short documentary on UK drill music: ‘TRUE 808 | UK Drill’ and a longer feature on Italian and UK drill music for the national Italian television network RAI3.

Lambros is also a member of the Prosecuting Rap Expert Network made up of scholars and experts in rap and Black youth culture who act as defence experts in court cases that involve the use of rap as evidence.

When he doesn’t teach or write, Lambros continues to exist as a never-recovering vinyl junkie and purveyor of Afro-Caribbean music — playing all-vinyl DJ sets as Boulevard Soundsystem and boasting collaborations with household names of the UK and European soundsystem reggae scene that include: Roots Garden Records, MC Brother Culture, MC Ishu, MC Champian, Serocee, MC Trooper, DJ Cut La Vis, Anna Mystic and Blend Mishkin.  

Supervisory Interests

I would be delighted to receive proposals for doctoral studies in my areas of expertise as listed below:

  • Cultural and Critical Criminology
  • Criminalisation of Black/Afro-diasporic music(s)
  • Police racism
  • Black British history and subcultures (especially soundsystem culture)
  • Sociology of public and intellectual life


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Critical Criminology
  • Police Racism
  • Black Music Subcultures
  • Black British History & Culture
  • Soundsystem Culture
  • Sociology of Public & Intellectual Life
  • Public Sociology


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