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Polly  Burton

Polly Burton

Senior Lecturer

School of Business, Law and Communications

023 8201 2054 ext. 2054 Room no. SMY13


Polly is a senior lecturer in criminology. Having studied sociology as an undergraduate at the University of Southampton, Polly moved to Southampton Solent University to complete her doctoral thesis: 'Being a Woman Being a Junkie: The Ethics of Female Drug use Through Subjective Identities'. Polly also has considerable practical and research experience in the field of criminal justice and substance use and has produced a number of research papers on this theme within local, national and international arenas. 

Polly has a significant amount of teaching experience and is unit leader for criminological research skills and methods (level four), understanding criminology (;eve; four) and alcohol, drugs & crime (level six). Throughout her teaching and research experience she has forged strong links with local criminal justice and related organisations, which has increased student access to work-based learning. She is currently working in partnership with Hampshire Police under Operation Fortress, which has provided students with a wide range of employment based opportunities. This includes a large scale local survey of young people’s attitudes to ‘gang culture’ in Southampton, which proposes to offer students an opportunity to become research assistants on a live research project. 

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