Lecturer, Sociology and Criminology, Middlesex University

Dr Simon Harding, D. Prof., MA (Hons), MA, BTP, Dip M., PGC HE, MMRS ACIM.

Simon is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology, School of Law, Middlesex University. Since his arrival in the department in 2011 Simon has focused on a range of crime topics including, Policing, Gangs and group offending, Hate Crime, Street Violence and Status Dogs. He is currently the Programme Leader in BA Criminology (Policing).

Simon is a graduate of Edinburgh University, South Bank University, University of London, Bedfordshire University and a two times graduate of Middlesex University.

He has a wide range of practitioner and professional experience in crime and community safety as both a public servant and civil servant. At the Home Office and Government Office for London, Simon was Regional Crime Advisor (London) later taking the role of Assistant Director of Community Safety at Lambeth council. Simon is also a trainer in hate crime and diversity, and was consultant trainer at the Crime Academy, MPS Police Training College, Hendon for ten years. He is an Independent Advisor on hate crime and diversity to the MPS Commissioner, a position held since 1999.

He has recently published, Harding, S. (2012) Unleashed: The Phenomenon of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs, Bristol: The Policy Press. Since publishing this research work he has made numerous media appearances both nationally and internationally.

His latest book, Street Casino: survival in the violent street gang, is currently in press with the Policy Press and will be published in 2014.

Other recent publications include:
Harding, S. (2012) The Role and Significance of Street Capital in the Social Field of the Violent Youth Gang in south London. Doctoral Thesis for University of Bedfordshire

Harding, S. (2012), ‘Street Government: the role of the Urban Street Gang in the London Riots’, in The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent (edited by Daniel Briggs, Waterside Press: Hook, Hampshire pp 193 - 215

Harding, S. (2012) A Reputational Extravaganza? The role of the urban street gang in the riots in London, Criminal Justice Matters, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, no 87, March 2012.

Harding S. (2010) ‘Status Dogs’ and Gangs, Safer Communities, vol 9, Issue 1.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer in criminology and sociology, University of Middlesex