Mr Nigel Hancock

Job: PhD Candidate

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Nigel Hancock is a part-time PhD research student with DMU’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture.  After a career in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice during which he both commissioned research and late on resumed studying, Nigel decided to combine his academic and sporting interests. His research subject at DMU is Cricket Crowds Since 1945: A Social and Cultural History. He has previous degrees in history and politics, Soviet government and politics, and applied criminology and management.

A native of Leicester whose sports teams he follows avidly, Nigel is Chairman of The Cricket Society and runs The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award. He divides most of his time between London and Aberystwyth and can be contacted on or on twitter: @cricket society or @nigelhanc

Research interests/expertise

  • Sports History and Culture
  • Oral Histories, Surveying and Interviewing
  • Criminology (Hancock, N. and Liebling, A. Truth, Independence and Effectiveness in Prison Inquiries, in Gilligan, G. and Pratt, J. (2004) Crime, Truth and Justice. Cullompton: Willan)
  • Stakeholder management


  • Master of Studies in Applied Criminology and Management (University of Cambridge 2003)
  • Master of Arts in Soviet Government and Politics (University of Essex 1973)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours 2/1) in History and Politics (University of Lancaster 1970) 

Honours and awards

OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2009 Honours List for services to prisons 

Nigel Hancock