Shiner, Michael

Dr Michael Shiner  


Position held

Associate Professor


Experience keywords:

criminology; drug use and drug policy; policing; research methods; stop and search; suicide; ‘race’ and inequality

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My research interests revolve around three main themes. Much of my work concerns forms of behaviour that may be considered ‘deviant’, including drug use, youth crime and suicide, and the meaning such behaviour has for those involved. I am also interested in formal responses to rule-breaking, with studies of peer education, drug treatment and mentoring being followed by a stronger focus on the coercive apparatus of the state. I am involved in on-going research on police stop and search and am currently working on an evaluation of a pilot programme introducing structured communication into several English prisons. My third area of interest relates to ‘race’ and racism. While this includes a focus on crime and criminal justice it also extends to other areas, particularly access to elite professions and higher education.

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6355

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Levin, David and Shiner, Michael (2016) New deviancy theory and the healthcare system's role in creating, labeling, and facilitating unauthorized prescription drug “abuse” Pain Practice, 16 (7). 791-793. ISSN 1530-7085


Delsol, Rebekah and Shiner, Michael, eds (2015) Stop and search: the anatomy of a police power Palgrave Mamillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137336095

Shiner, Michael (2015) Stop and search: the police must not revive this discredited tactic Guardian (19 Oct 2015) opinion

Winstock, Adam and Shiner, Michael (2015) The best antidote to drug use isn’t tougher laws – it’s growing old Guardian (9 Jun 2015) opinion

Shiner, Michael (2015) Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators British Politics and Policy at LSE (17 Aug 2015) Blog entry

Shiner, Michael (2015) Drug policy reform and the reclassification of cannabis in England and Wales: a cautionary tale International Journal of Drug Policy, 26 (7). 696-704. ISSN 0955-3959

Shiner, Michael and Winstock, Adam (2015) Drug use and social control: the negotiation of moral ambivalence Social Science and Medicine, 138. 248-256. ISSN 0277-9536


Noden, Philip and Shiner, Michael and Madood, Tariq (2014) Black and minority ethnic access to higher education: a reassessment Nuffield Foundation, London, UK.

Shiner, Michael and Noden, Philip (2014) ‘Why are you applying there?’ ‘race’, class and the construction of higher education ‘choice’ in the United Kingdom British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36 (8). 1170-1191. ISSN 0142-5692

Noden, Philip and Shiner, Michael and Modood, Tariq (2014) University offer rates for candidates from different ethnic categories Oxford Review of Education, 40 (3). 349-369. ISSN 0305-4985


Shiner, Michael (2013) Stop and search damages the police Shifting Grounds (17 Jan 2013) opinion

Shiner, Michael (2013) Police stop and search has had a toxic effect on Britain's ethnic minorities Guardian (6 Jun 2013) opinion

Eastwood, Niamh and Shiner, Michael and Bear, Daniel (2013) The numbers in black and white: ethnic disparities in the policing and prosecution of drug offences in England and Wales Release Publications, London, UK. ISBN 0904932117

Shiner, Michael (2013) British drug policy and the modern state: reconsidering the criminalisation thesis Journal of Social Policy, 42 (3). 623-643. ISSN 0047-2794


Delsol, Rebekah and Shiner, Michael (2012) Stopping the searches: the need to confront police racism Left Foot Forward (27 Apr 2012) opinion

Scourfield, Jonathan and Fincham, Ben and Langer, Susanne and Shiner, Michael (2012) Sociological autopsy: an integrated approach to the study of suicide in men Social Science and Medicine, 74 (4). 466-473. ISSN 0277-9536


Shiner, Michael (2011) On drugs policy, the government should do what the evidence tells them Left Foot Forward (5 Jun 2011) opinion

Delsol, Rebekah and Shiner, Michael (2011) Police stop-and-search data is needed to account for equality Guardian (1 Feb 2011) opinion

Bear, Daniel and Shiner, Michael (2011) Strange police priorities in a time of austerity Guardian (29 Jul 2011) opinion

Shiner, Michael (2011) Taking drugs together: early adult transitions and the limits of harm reduction in England and Wales In: Barrett, Damon, (ed.) Children of the Drug War: Perspectives on the Impact of Drug Policies on Young People. Idebate Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9781617700187

Fincham, Ben and Langer, Susanne and Scourfield, Jonathan and Shiner, Michael (2011) Understanding suicide: a social autopsy Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230580923


Shiner, Michael (2010) Flying without wings: drug tourism and the political economy of pleasure In: Botterill, David and Jones, Trevor, (eds.) Tourism and Crime: Key Themes. Goodfellow Publishers. ISBN 9781906884147

Jackson, Jonathan and Tyler, Tom R. and Bradford, Ben and Taylor, Dominic and Shiner, Mike (2010) Legitimacy and procedural justice in prisons Prison Service Journal, 191. 4-10. ISSN 0300-3558

Shiner, Michael (2010) Post-Lawrence policing in England and Wales: guilt, innocence and the defence of organizational ego British Journal of Criminology, 50 (5). 935-953. ISSN 0007-0955


Shiner, Michael (2009) Drug use and social change: the distortion of history Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230222724

Shiner, Michael and Scourfield, Jonathan and Fincham, Ben and Langer, Susanne (2009) When things fall apart: gender and suicide across the life-course Social Science and Medicine, 69 (5). 738-746. ISSN 0277-9536

Measham, Fiona and Shiner, Michael (2009) The legacy of ‘normalisation’: the role of classical and contemporary criminological theory in understanding young people's drug use International Journal of Drug Policy, 20 (6). 502-508. ISSN 0955-3959


Shiner, Michael (2006) National implementation of the recording of police stops Great Britain, Home Office, London, UK.

Shiner, Michael (2006) Drugs, law and the regulation of harm In: Higate, Paul and Hughes, Rhidian and Lart, Rachel, (eds.) Drugs: Policy and Politics. Open University Press. ISBN 9780335216161

Shiner, Michael (2006) A dubious equality?: drug use and the discovery of gender In: Heidensohn, Frances, (ed.) Gender and Justice: New Concepts and Approaches. Willan, Cullompton, UK, 15-31. ISBN 9781843922001

Delsol, Rebekah and Shiner, Michael (2006) Regulating stop and search: a challenge for police and community relations in England and Wales Critical Criminology, 14 (3). 241-263. ISSN 1205-8629

Newburn, Tim and Shiner, Michael (2006) Young people, mentoring and social inclusion Youth Justice, 6 (1). 23-41. ISSN 1473-2254


Newburn, Tim and Shiner, Michael and Young, Tara (2005) Dealing with disaffection: young people, mentoring and social inclusion 1st, Willan Publishing, Cullompton. ISBN 1843920654


Newburn, Tim and Shiner, Michael and Hayman, Stephanie (2004) Race, crime and injustice? Strip search and the treatment of suspects in custody British Journal of Criminology, 44 (5). 677-694. ISSN 0007-0955

Shiner, Michael and Young, Tara and Newburn, Tim and Groben, Sylvie (2004) Mentoring disaffected young people : an evaluation of Mentoring Plus Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, Uk. ISBN 1859351646

Shiner, Michael and Thom, Betsy and McGregor, Susanne and Gordon, Dawn and Bayley, Mariana (2004) Exploring community responses to drugs Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, Uk. ISBN 1859352677


Shiner, Michael (2003) Out of harm's way? Illicit drug use, medicalisation and the law British Journal of Criminology, 43 (4). 772-796. ISSN 0007-0955


Sangster, Deborah and Shiner, Michael and Patel, Kamlesh and Sheikh, Noreen (2002) Delivering drug services to Black and ethnic-minority communities Home Office, Drugs Strategy Directorate, London, UK. ISBN 1840828072

Shiner, Mike and Modood, Tariq (2002) Help or hindrance? Higher education and the route to ethnic equality British Journal of Sociology of Education, 23 (2). 209-232. ISSN 0142-5692

Pearson, Geoffrey and Shiner, Michael (2002) Rethinking the generation gap: attitudes to illicit drug use among young people and adults Criminal Justice, 2 (1). 71-86. ISSN 1748-8958


Newburn, Tim and Shiner, Michael (2001) Teenage kicks? Young people and alcohol: a review of the literature Joseph Rowntree Foundation / York Publishing Service, York, UK. ISBN 1842630385

Boon, Andrew and Duff, Liz and Shiner, Michael (2001) Career paths and choices in a highly differentiated profession: the position of newly qualified solicitors Modern Law Review, 64 (4). 563-594. ISSN 0026-7961


Duff, Elizabeth and Shiner, Michael and Boon, Andy and Whyte, Avis (2000) Entry into the legal professions: the Law student cohort study year 6 Research study, The Law Society, London, UK. ISBN 1853287407

Shiner, Michael (2000) Doing it for themselves: an evaluation of peer approaches to drug prevention Drugs Prevention Advisory Service, Great Britain Home Office, London, UK. ISBN 1840825138


Newburn, Tim and Shiner, Michael (1998) Taking tea with Noel: the place and meaning of drug use in everyday life In: South, Nigel, (ed.) Drugs: Cultures, Controls and Everyday Life. Sage Publications, London, 139-159. ISBN 9780761952350


Shiner, Michael and Newburn, Tim (1997) Definitely, maybe not? The normalisation of recreational drug use amongst young people Sociology, 31 (3). 511-529. ISSN 0038-0385

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