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Tim Turner


I currently lead undergraduate Criminology modules on criminological theory, deviant leisure, and forensic mental health. I am also the lead for organising Criminology field trips to international destinations such as New York City and Poland. I am a Registered Intermediary for the Ministry of Justice, assisting vulnerable adults to give evidence at investigation and trial.

Tim Turner

I also volunteer as a Research Officer for The Loop, a charity providing innovative drug harm reduction interventions within music festivals, clubs and city centres. Prior to my academic career, I worked as a Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse in north London, working predominantly with violent mentally disordered offenders in the community, prisons, police stations and secure units.


  • PhD Criminology: ‘Space, Drugs and Disneyization: An Ethnography of British Youth in Ibiza.’ Coventry University, 2017.
  • MA Criminology (distinction), Middlesex University, London, 2004.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (distinction), Coventry University, 2004
  • BA (Hons) Mental Health Research, Middlesex University, London. 1999.
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, DipHE. Birmingham City University. 1996.

Courses I teach:

BA Criminology

BA Criminology and Psychology

BA Criminology and Law

Research interests

My doctorate research focused on the issue of drug use and drug dealing within nightlife tourist resorts. This involved ethnographic research with British tourists on the Spanish island of Ibiza. The research has produced two journal articles and three book chapters. My current research interests lie within cultural and popular criminology. I am involved with ongoing research with The Loop, promoting harm reduction initiatives relating to illicit drug use within music festivals and similar party spaces.


Turner, T. and Measham, F. (2020) ''Into the Woods': Contextualising Atypical Intoxication by Young Adults in Music Festivals and Nightlife Tourist Resorts'. In D.Conroy & F.Measham (Eds) Young Adult Drinking Styles: Current Perspectives on Research, Policy and Practice. Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan.

Turner, T. and Colombo, A. (2020) ‘Ethnographies of Drug Users’. In S.M.Bucerius, K.D.Haggerty & L Berardi (eds) The Oxford Handbook on Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Turner, T. (2019) ‘Just knocking out pills: an ethnography of British drug dealers in Ibiza’. Journal of Extreme Anthropology.

Hayward, K.J. & Turner, T. (2019) 'Be more VIP': illicit drug use, hedonism, and faux luxury culture in Ibiza's party spaces’. In O. Smith and T. Raymen (eds), Deviant Leisure: Criminological Perspectives on Leisure and Harm. London: Routledge.

Turner, T. (2018) ‘Disneyization: A Framework for Understanding Illicit Drug Use in Bounded Play Spaces’, International Journal of Drug Policy, 58: 37-45.

Turner, T, and Jenkins, M. (2018) ‘Together in Work but Alone at Heart: Insider Perspectives on Police Mental Health’ Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice,12(1): 12-25.

Colombo, A. and Turner, T. (2014) ‘Mental Health and Human Rights’. In P.Taylor, K.Corteen and S.Morley (eds) A Companion to Mental Health, Crime and Risk. London: Sage Publications.

Tummey, R. and Turner, T. (eds) (2008) Critical Issues in Mental Health. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Conference Presentations

Turner, T. (2019) ‘Once upon a time and far away among other people’: Drug use, festivals and the journey monomyth’. Inside Festival Cultures: Fields, Bodies, Ecologies. University of Birmingham. 18 May 2019
Turner, T. (2018) ‘Disneyization: A Framework for Understanding Drug Use in Bounded Play Spaces’. Between Edges and Margins Conference, University of Ghent, 14 Sept 2018

Turner, T. (2017) ‘Space, Drugs and Disneyization: An Ethnography of British Youth in Ibiza’, British Society of Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University, 7 July 2017

Turner, T. (2017) ‘Ever-Decreasing Circles: Hierarchies of Intoxication Amongst British Youth in Ibiza’, Drinking Bodies: Alcohol, Embodiment and Social Difference. BSA Alcohol Study Group. University of Manchester, 22 May 2017.

I lead on the following undergraduate modules:

  • 4000CRM Introducing Criminology: Theory and Skills
  • 4002CRM Global Criminology
  • 6001CRM Deviant Leisure
  • 6004CRM Forensic Mental Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Illicit drug use in music festivals and other party spaces.
  • Harm reduction and drug use.
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Mental health, violence and risk
  • Mental health and access to justice
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