Jonathan Davies

Jonathan Davies


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Jon joined Manchester as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2021. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer at Staffordshire University. His primary research interests include crimes of the powerful (white-collar, corporate, state crime), organised crime, modern slavery and exploitation, food fraud, social harm, and green criminology. These interests have led Jon to work in various positions across the UK, rest of Europe, and Middle East.

In recent years, Jon has received funding to work on a number of projects, including on corporate social responsibility in the Finnish construction industry; anti-trafficking chains in UK construction; policing responses to modern slavery; a fraud vulnerability assessment of food supply networks on the island of Ireland.

Jon obtained his PhD on migrant labour exploitation in the agri-food industry from The University of Manchester in 2017. He was a Research Associate at Manchester for a while after this, and then became a Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University (TraffLab). Jon has held visiting teaching and research positions at other universities across the UK and rest of Europe.


2022 - Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE), Staffordshire University

2017 - Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology, The University of Manchester

2012 - Master of Arts in Criminology, Coventry University

2011 - Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology, Coventry University

Research interests

Modern slavery, human trafficking, labour exploitation

Organised crime

Crimes of the powerful: white-collar, corporate, state-corporate, state crime

Green criminology

Food fraud

Regulation and governance

Social harm



CRIM30881: Serious and Organised Crime

CRIM70561: Criminal Justice Policy and Research (course unit director)

CRIM20692: Understanding Punishment

CRIM30620: Short Dissertation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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