Samuel Singler

Departmental Lecturer in Criminology

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Border Criminologies


Samuel is a Departmental Lecturer in Criminology at the Centre for Criminology. Situated within the field of Border Criminology, his research focuses on the effects of novel border security technologies on the global criminalization of migration. His empirical research on the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) capacity-building practices in Nigeria illuminates how and why security technologies diffuse across and through borders, how they shape contemporary ‘crimmigration’ policies, and how they are deployed and contested on the ground. He has also made theoretical contributions into the study of technology from a criminological perspective, by combining insights from the tradition of pragmatism with the theory of performativity.

Samuel holds a DPhil in Criminology and MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Prior to taking up his current position, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law and the University of Roehampton. Samuel has also been employed as an independent border management consultant for the IOM, and has research experience from organizations such as RAND Europe and the Cambridge University Forum on Geopolitics. In 2022, he contributed to a report on the use of biometric technologies in the humanitarian sector published by The Engine Room. Since 2020, he has acted as an Associate Director for Events of the Border Criminologies network.

Samuel teaches the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice courses on ‘Criminal Justice, Migration and Citizenship,’ ‘Research Design and Data Collection,’ ‘Qualitative Methods,’ and ‘Theorizing Punishment.’ He also co-convenes and teaches on the final-year undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice option.


Research projects & programmes

Centre for Criminology Border Criminologies