Simon Mackenzie


Teaching in 2018


LLB Hons and Dip.LP (Edinburgh), MPhil in Criminological Research (Cambridge), PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Keele), PhD in Criminology (Melbourne).

Research areas

Organised crime, white-collar crime, transnational crime, policing, critical criminology, socio-legal criminology, theoretical criminology, qualitative methods, art crime and antiquities trafficking.


Simon joined the Institute of Criminology in 2016 after nearly ten years at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow, and prior to that the Criminology Department at Keele University. He has held research grants and contracts from various funders including the European Commission, UK research councils (ESRC and AHRC), government justice departments, police, and the European Research Council which supported the Trafficking Culture research programme, see traffic king culture website. He is currently working on a book with colleagues from the Trafficking Culture team, to summarise the results of the first phase of that research.

Current service

Editorial board, British Journal of Criminology

Editor, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow

Postgraduate supervision

Simon is available to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students on projects in the areas of organised crime, white-collar crime and transnational crime.

Selected publications

Mackenzie, S. and Yates, D. (2016), ‘What is Grey About the ‘Grey Market’ in Antiquities’ in J. Beckert and M. Dewey (Eds) Everything Legal? Interfaces Between Legality and Illegality in Markets. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mackenzie, S. and Yates, D. (2016), ‘Trafficking Cultural Objects and Human Rights’ in L. Weber, E. Fishwick and M. Marmo (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights, (ISBN 9781138931176).

Mackenzie, S. and Yates, D. (2016), ‘Collectors on Illicit Collecting: Higher Loyalties and other Techniques of Neutralisation in the Unlawful Collecting of Rare and Precious  Orchids and AntiquitiesTheoretical Criminology, 20(3): 340-357.

Mackenzie, S. (2016), ‘Art and Crime’, in W.G. Jennings (ed) The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Wiley-Blackwell.

Mackenzie, S., & Davis, T. (2016). Temple looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a statue trafficking network. In Charney, N., Art Crime: Terrorists, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves (pp. 179-199) Springer

Mackenzie, S. (2015), ‘Do We Need a Kimberley Process for the Illicit Antiquities Trade? Some Lessons to Learn from a Comparative Review of Transnational Criminal Markets and their Regulation’. In F. Desmarais (Ed.). Countering Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods: The Global Challenge of Protecting the World’s Heritage, Paris: International Council of Museums Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods.

Cavenagh, B., Hamilton-Smith, N. and Mackenzie, S. (2015), ‘Organised Crime in Scotland and the Criminal Justice Response’, in H. Croall, G. Mooney and M. Munro (eds) Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland. London: Routledge.

Davis, T. and Mackenzie, S. (2015), ‘Crime and Conflict: Temple Looting in Cambodia’, in J.D. Kila and M. Balcells (eds) Cultural Property Crime. Leiden: Brill.

Mackenzie, S. (2014), ‘Conditions for Guilt-Free Consumption in a Transnational Criminal Market’, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Vol 20(4), pp. 503-515.

Mackenzie, S. and Davis, T. (2014), ‘Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network’, British Journal of Criminology Vol. 54 (5): 722-740.

Hamilton-Smith, N., Mackenzie, S., Henry, A., and Davidones, C. (2014), ‘Community Policing and Reassurance: Three Studies, One Narrative’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(2): 160-178.

Brodie, N., & Mackenzie, S. (2014). Trafficking Cultural Objects: Introduction. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 20(4), 421-426

Brodie, N., Dietzler, J., and Mackenzie, S. (2013), ‘Trafficking in Cultural Objects: an Empirical Overview’, in S. Manacorda and A. Visconti (Eds) Beni Culturali e Sistema Penale. Milano: Vita e Pensiero.

Henry, A. and Mackenzie, S. (2012), ‘Brokering Communities of Practice: a Model of Knowledge Exchange and Academic-practitioner Collaboration Developed in the Context of Community Policing’, Police Practice and Research, special issue on police-university collaborations, 13(4): 315-328.

Mackenzie, S. (2011), Illicit Deals in Cultural Objects as Crimes of the Powerful, Crime, Law and Social Change, 56(2): 133-153.

Mackenzie, S. and Hamilton-Smith, N. (2011), ‘Measuring Police Impact on Organised Crime: Performance Management and Harm Reduction’, Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 34(1): 7-30.

Mackenzie, S. (2011), ‘The Market as Criminal and Criminals in the Market: Reducing Opportunities for Organised Crime in the International Antiquities Market’, in S. Manacorda and D. Chappell (Eds) Crime in the Art and Antiquities World: Illegal Trafficking in Cultural Property, pp. 69-86. New York: Springer.

Mackenzie, S. (2010). Trafficking antiquities. In N. Natarajan (Ed.). International Crime and Justice (pp. 141-147). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Hamilton-Smith, N. and Mackenzie, S. (2010), ‘The Geometry of Shadows: a Critical Review of Organised Crime Risk Assessments’, Policing and Society, 20(3): 257-279.

Mackenzie, S. (2010), ‘Counterfeiting as Corporate Externality: Intellectual Property Crime and Global Insecurity’ Crime, Law and Social Change, 54(1): 21-38.

Mackenzie, S. (2010), ‘Fakes’ and ‘Scams’, in F. Brookman, M. Maguire, H. Pierpoint, and T. Bennett (Eds) Handbook on Crime, pp. 120-36. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.

Mackenzie, S. and Green, P. (Eds). (2009). Criminology and Archaeology: Studies in Looted Antiquities. Oñati International Series in Law and Society. Oxford: Hart.

Mackenzie, S. and Green, P. (2009). Criminalising the Market in Illicit Antiquities: An Evaluation of the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003 in England and Wales. In S. Mackenzie and P. Green (Eds). (2009). Criminology and Archaeology: Studies in Looted Antiquities. Oñati International Series in Law and Society. Oxford: Hart.

Mackenzie, S. (2009), ‘The Seductions of Conformity: the Criminological Importance of a Phenomenology of Exchange’. In R. Lippens and D. Crewe (Eds) Existentialist Criminology. New York: Routledge-Cavendish.

Mackenzie, S., & Henry, A. (2009). Community Policing: A Review of the Evidence. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Mackenzie, S. (2008),  Second-chance Punitivism and the Contractual Governance of Crime and Incivility: New Labour, Old HobbesJournal of Law and Society, 35(2): 214-239.

Mackenzie, S. and Green, P. (2008), Performative Regulation: a Case Study in How Powerful People Avoid Criminal LabelsBritish Journal of Criminology, 48(2): 138-153.

Mackenzie, S. (2007), Transnational Crime, Local Denial, Social Justice Special Issue: Beyond Transnational Crime, 34(2): 111-124.

Mackenzie, S. (2006). Situationally edited empathy: An effect of socio-economic structure on individual choice. Critical Criminology, 14(4), 365-385

Mackenzie, S. Going, Going, Gone: Regulating the Market in Illicit Antiquities. Leicester, UK: Institute of Art and Law (2005).

Mackenzie, S. (2005). Dig a bit deeper: Law, regulation and the illicit antiquities market. British Journal of Criminology, 45(3), 249-268.


Teaching in 2018