Dr Max Morris

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

School of Law and Social Sciences


Max joined Oxford Brookes as a Lecturer in Criminology in 2022. Before this, they were based in the Department of Criminology, Politics and Sociology at Kingston University. They completed their PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at Durham University in 2019.

Areas of expertise

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • HIV
  • Sex Work
  • Social Media
  • Queer Theory

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • Creating Criminology
  • Media and Crime
  • Public Criminology
  • Green Criminology
  • Sex that Offends

Max has been recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2020.


Max welcomes PhD applications in the areas of gender and sexuality studies, with a focus on people living with HIV, LGBTQ+ people, sex work, social media, and queer theory.


Max has published research on topics including the criminalisation of HIV, declining homophobia in educational settings, media representations of gender and sexual minorities, and incidental sex work in the digital age. They draw on creative methods and queer theory to understand the role of law and society in constructing identities.

Research group membership

  • Critical Legal Perspectives on Society, Law, Gender, and Diversity (CLSGD).

Research grants and awards

  • 'Incidental Sex Work: Casual and Commercial Encounters in Queer Digital Spaces' - Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
  • 'Living Through Two Pandemics: The Experiences of HIV+ People during COVID-19' - Centre for Research in Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID), Kingston University London.
  • 'Not Sex Work: A Follow-up to the "Incidental Sex Work" Project' - Strategic Research Fund, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University.
  • 'Speaker Series: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Society' - Strategic Research Fund, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University.


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Sex Work Research Hub (Board Member)