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Simon Fox

Dr Simon Fox

Head of Criminology

School of Business, Law and Communications

023 8201 2059 ext. 2059 Room no. SMY08


Simon is a senior lecturer in criminology and leader for the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice. A former police officer, Simon has an MA in criminal justice from Southampton University and a PhD on policing accountability, human rights and rational - legal bureaucratic models of cooperation.

Simon has a particular interest in the criminal investigation process, concepts of accountability and human rights, and was previously employed by Cambridge University, where he researched the relationship between the use of drugs and crime.

Simon was formerly course leader for criminology, and is unit leader for various undergraduate and postgraduate units. He was recently awarded research funding to examine the pursuit of excellence in the field of learning and teaching in criminology with particular reference to the field of crime investigation in collaboration between Solent University and the University of Gloucester. Simon also works closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) 'ACRO' organisation, conducting research and securing annual internships for criminology students. 

Simon’s current research interests are international/transnational police cooperation, and he has organised and participated in the first ACRO-Solent University Cyber Crime Conference (2014) to bring together US and European law enforcement agencies, entitled Becoming Cyber Savvy, sharing cyber intelligence between public and private authorities in the fight against domestic and international crime.

Teaching contributions in this employment have focused on:

  • Introduction to criminology.
  • Criminal responsibility.
  • Criminal law in context.
  • Criminal justice process.
  • Policing politics and social change.
  • Comparative criminology.
  • Critical issues in criminal investigation.
  • Research methods.
  • Leadership and management in the investigative context.

Taught courses