Author: Angus BancroftPage 1 of 13

I'm a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh department of Sociology, studying illicit drug use, illicit markets and various shades of cyber crime. Email Tweet @angusbancroft

Writing a grant? Tell us the stuff

Many grants have I reviewed, grasshopper. This blog post is meant to give some advice on how to frame a grant effectively so it appeals to reviewers. The…

Radicalisation or self discovery? Desire in a turbulent world

There has been a lot of recent conversation about radicalisation through different forms. Mumsnet has been blamed for radicalising its participants. There is an implied theory of change…

AI assumptions to be wary of

AKA tech doesn’t kill people, over invested techbros kill people. We are in the middle of the AI hype/panic cycle. It is vital that if we are to…

Critical thinking, what even is that? Advice from Thanos

Critical thinking is all about context. For example, take the Marvel cinematic universe. I promise I’m not obsessed about this even though I’ve mentioned it quite a lot….

Institutions have duties beyond themselves and the cultural moment

… Otherwise they would not actually be institutions at all. That is basically what an institution is, as opposed to a temporary association or social movement. I was…

Characterising ‘harm’

At the current moment there is growing concern about the role of digital systems in creating and furthering ‘harm’ across a range of domains (Powell, Stratton, and Cameron…

In order to disrupt criminal organisations, jail innocent people

One of the ways in which trust is signalled in criminal groups is the fact of having been in prison. It is a signal that is costly and…

Essay questions on criminal markets and organisations: how do students read them?

Sharing some short and long essay questions from my course on illicit markets and criminal organisations particularly for other teachers but also to help students in how they…

Dear research student, ask questions of your supervisor to be

A PhD applicant did me the service of sending a list of questions in advance to see if we would be a good fit. It was a fantastic…

Using paragraph titles to structure your writing

The aim of this post is to provide a work in progress demo of how using titles for your paragraphs can structure your writing. The idea is that…


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