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Angus Bancroft

Angus Bancroft
Dr Angus Bancroft
4f1 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9JS
+44 (0)131 650 6642
Research Interests
Drug users, dealers and traffickers, drug policy, drug culture, Alcohol, the darknet, digital culture, Digital Sociology, illicit markets, binge drinking

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Wednesday 9-11am - please phone or email to see me outside of this time. Accessibility: My office is on the 4th floor of an old tenement with no lift. If this presents any problems for accessibility please contact me and I will be glad to meet you at a more accessible location.

Current research

I am currently researching cyber-security, illicit markets and views of darknet users.

Selected Publications - you can find many of these at my SocArxiv page or please email me if you cannot get access:

Angus Bancroft and Peter Scott Reid (2017) 'Challenging the techno-politics of anonymity: the case of cryptomarket users', Information, Communication and Society, 20, 4, pp. 497-512,

Angus Bancroft and Ralph Fevre (2016) Dead White Men and Other Important People: Sociology's Big Ideas, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2nd. ed.  Amazon. Companion website.

Angus Bancroft and Peter Scott Reid (2016) 'Concepts of illicit drug quality among darknet market users: Purity, embodied experience, craft and chemical knowledge', International Journal of Drug Policy, 35, pp. 42-49

Angus Bancroft, Mariah Jade Zimpfer, Orla Murray and Martina Karels (2014) 'Working at Pleasure in Young Women's Alcohol Consumption: A Participatory Visual Ethnography', Sociological Research Online, 16, 2, 20,

Angus Bancroft (2012) 'Drinking With and Without Fun: Female students' accounts of pre-drinking and club-drinking', Sociological Research Online, 17 (4).

Angus Bancroft (2009) Drugs, Intoxication and Society, Cambridge: Polity PressBuy at Amazon UK.

Angus Bancroft (2005) Roma and Gypsy-Travellers in Europe: Modernity, Race, Space and Exclusion, Avebury: Ashgate Press.

Topics interested in supervising

I am keen to supervise PhD students in the fields of: illicit drug use and regulation, the darknet, alcohol, crime and policing.

If you are interested in being supervised by Angus Bancroft, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Sociology