Dr Adam Aitken

Job: Criminology Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Criminology Research Group

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

T: 0116 257 7988

E: adam.aitken@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/appliedsocialsciences


Personal profile

Adam joined the Criminology and Criminal Justice Division after finishing his PhD at the University of Glasgow, and prior to that completed a MSc in Applied Social Research in Criminology from the University of Stirling and an Honours degree in Criminological studies from Abertay University.  

He has conducted research and published around the securitisation of sporting mega-events, security governance and policing, and the influence of urban regeneration on perceptions of crime and (in)security.  

Research group affiliations

  • Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR)

Publications and outputs

Aitken, A. (2021) Community perceptions of private security at a mega-event. Security Journal https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-021-00309-y Full online access: https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1057/s41284-021-00309-y?sharing_token=HzZKFNUwBepHwXpUC9Lgm1xOt48VBPO10Uv7D6sAgHt3gGG9mSo8sFQLL1NV6n4Zd90VV1Ibtr_xKdq1gBWMePuJ-LybyBmAdpZtp5dpCwIcMW0-zX-qKP-_F3EkdZx-QLd0886D6coArwEldNcmjHd-Zl4iNEg4oJL1wi_gyfg%3D

Aitken, A., (2021) Sporting Mega-Event Security in Hyperreality and its Consequences for Democratic Security Governance, Democracy and Security, DOI: 10.1080/17419166.2021.1891529

Aitken, A., (2020) Seeking invention: creating an informed citizenry in the governance of security at sporting mega-events, Policing and Society, DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2020.1741586

Aitken, A., (2018) Glasgow 2014 commonwealth games: a visual presentation of security in the pre-event phase. Visual Methodologies, 6 (1), 1–24.

Host City Glasgow: how it set the standard for urban rebirth, The Conversation, July 8th, 2014.

Research interests/expertise

  • Security 
  • Perceptions of (in)security
  • Security governance
  • Policing and social control
  • Community safety
  • Cities, urban change and crime
  • Social theory
  • Visual methodologies

Areas of teaching

  • Criminology and Sociology


  • Criminology PhD
  • Applied Social Research in Criminology MSc
  • Criminological Studies BA (Hons)

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Crime, Risk and Community Safety
  • Policing

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of European Society of Criminology

Conference attendance

  • ‘Communicating (In)security: The Sending and Receiving of Control Signals at a Sporting Mega-event’ (2017). European Society of Criminology, Cardiff University. Paper Presentation.
  • Seeking Invention: Creating an Informed Citizenry in the Governance of Security (2017). British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Sheffield. Paper Presentation.
  • 'Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: The interface between virtualised global risk, and actualised local (in) security' (2016). Scottish International Policing Conference 2016: Policing: Localism in globalising world. The John Mcintyre Centre. University of Edinburgh. Poster Presentation
  • 'G2014: Communicating Security and Implications for Legacy' (2015). Glasgow 2014: Legacy, Partnership, Regeneration? First International Legacy Network Conference. Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow. Paper Presentation
  • 'Communicating Security: local perceptions of mega event policing' (2015) SIPR Postgraduate Student Symposium, University of Dundee. Poster Presentation.
  • 'G2014: Security Governance and Securitization in anticipation of the event' (2014) Second International Conference on Mega-Events and the city, Rio De Janeiro.
  • 'A Distinctive Approach? Governing security at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (G2014)' (2013) Presentation to Scottish Government.

Current research students

Michael Mathura - Public Perceptions of Police Officers in Trinidad and Tobago (1st Supervisor)