Doing a PhD? Just read this and it will immediately show you how to do it and make you feel better about yourself

… or possibly it will make you feel very much worse. Not sure. But I think you need to know this. Discussing with research students about the many troubles of PhD life we often come back to a disagreement or misunderstanding about what a PhD is. So I want to …

Opioids and fentanyl in the digital supply chain: a material analysis of drug market habitus

This is the draft of a paper I am presenting at the International Forum on Drug Policy, hosted by the International Center for Drug Policy Studies at Shanghai University. The theme of the forum is  ‘The Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Crises: New Challenges and New Responses’. Introduction: the present …

Swindles of India and the lies we tell students

‘Common Swindles of India’ (Daly, 1931) is an impressionistic criminology where the author gathers together accounts from colonial Indian police on frequent cons they encounter. It is written with genteel disdain towards the Indian population who are portrayed as variously greedy and gullible, liable to fall for cheap and obvious …