School of Social and Political Science

Angus Bancroft

Job Title

Senior Lecturer

Background

I am currently researching digtal platforms in informal economies, AI for harm reduction, cyber-security, illicit markets and views of darknet users.

Some things I have written, usually with other people:

Moore, Karenza, and Angus Bancroft (2021). "Drugs, technologies and cyber markets: An introduction." Drugs and Alcohol Today21.2: 97-101.

Bancroft, Angus. (2019). The Darknet and Smarter Crime: Methods for Investigating Criminal Entrepreneurs and the Illicit Drug Economy. Springer Nature.

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1187643

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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.11.008

Research interests

Research interests

Topics interested in supervising

I am keen to supervise PhD students in the fields of: illicit drug use and regulation, the darknet, smart drugs, cybercrime, cryptoculture, illicit markets, digital sociology, drug and alcohol use and policy, informal economies, especially anyone wanting to examine these themes in a non-Western context.

If you are interested in being supervised by me, please see the links below (opening in new windows) for more information:

Works within

Staff Hours and Guidance

Drop in via Teams or email me to talk via video Tuesdays or Wednesdays 9-11am

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Bancroft A. The influence of the darknet on illicit drug diffusion. Current Addiction Reports. 2021 Jun 4.
Moore K, Bancroft A. Drugs, technologies and cyber markets: An introduction. Drugs and Alcohol Today. 2021 May 19;21(2):97-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-06-2021-084
Kean S, Donaghy E, Bancroft A, Clegg G, Rodgers S. Theorising survivorship after intensive care: A systematic review of patient and family experiences. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2021 Apr 7. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15766
Zaunseder A, Bancroft A. Pricing of illicit drugs on darknet markets: A conceptual exploration. Drugs and Alcohol Today. 2020 Jul 13. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-12-2019-0054
Bancroft A. Illicit drugs and intoxication. In Hutton F, editor, Cultures of Intoxication: Key Issues and Debates. 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2020. p. 67-86
Matheson C, Parkes T, Schofield J, Dumbrell J, Browne T, Bancroft A et al. Understanding the health impacts of the COVID-19 response on people who use drugs in Scotland (PWUD): Implications for COVID-19 infection and transmission among this group and impacts on harm reduction, treatment and recovery. Edinburgh: Chief Scientist Office, 2020. 5 p.
Bancroft A, Squirrell T, Zaunseder A, Rafanell I. Producing trust among illicit actors: A techno-social approach to an online illicit market. Sociological Research Online. 2019 Nov 12. https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780419881158
Bancroft A. Research in fractured digital spaces. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.05.007
Bancroft A. The Darknet and Smarter Crime: Methods for Investigating Criminal Entrepreneurs and the Illicit Drug Economy. 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 235 p. (Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26512-0
Zaunseder A, Bancroft A. The fuzzy ideological and social space of the cryptomarkets: Libertarian ideology, agorism and exchange performances. In Tzanetakis M, Stöver H, editors, Drogen, Darknet und Organisierte Kriminalität: Herausforderungen für Politik, Justiz und Drogenhilfe. Nomos. 2019. p. 137-160
Masson K, Bancroft A. ‘Nice people doing shady things’: Drugs and the morality of exchange in the darknet cryptomarkets. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2018 Aug;58:78-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.05.008
Bancroft A. Responsible use to responsible harm: Illicit drug use and peer harm reduction in a darknet cryptomarket. Health, Risk & Society. 2017 Dec 12;19(7/8):336-350. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2017.1415304
Bancroft A, Scott Reid P. Challenging the techno-politics of anonymity: the case of cryptomarket users. Information, Communication and Society. 2017 Apr 3;20(4):497-512. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1187643
Bancroft A. Social Class and Deprivation. In Kolind T, Wolff K, Thom B, Hunt G, Karch S, White J, editors, The Sage Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies. Vol. 2. SAGE. 2016
Bancroft A, Scott Reid P. Concepts of illicit drug quality among darknet market users: purity, embodied experience, craft and chemical knowledge. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2016 Sep;35:42-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.11.008
Boswell C, Bancroft A, Kyambi S. Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill Written Submission from Researchers at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. 2015.
Bancroft A, Zimpfer MJ, Murray O, Karels M. Working at Pleasure in Young Women's Alcohol Consumption: A Participatory Visual Ethnography. Sociological Research Online. 2014 Aug 15;19(3). 20. https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.3409
Bancroft A, Karels M, Murray ÓM, Zimpfer J. Not Being There: Research at a Distance with Video, Text and Speech. In Hand M, Hillyard S, editors, Big Data? Qualitative Approaches to Digital Research. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 2014. p. 137-154. (Studies in Qualitative Methodology).
Bancroft A. Drinking With and Without Fun: Female Students' Accounts of Pre-Drinking and Club-Drinking. Sociological Research Online. 2012 Nov 30;17(4). 7. https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.2785
Bancroft A. Neuropolitics, memory work and intoxication problems. In Darin W, John H, editors, Intoxication: Socio-Legal Perspectives. Vol. forthcoming. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. p. forthcoming
Wilson S, Cunningham-Burley S, Bancroft A, Backett-Milburn K. The Consequences of Love: Young People and Family Practices in Difficult Circumstances. Sociological Review. 2012;60(1):110-128. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2011.02049.x
Fevre R, Bancroft A. Dead White Men and Other Important People: Sociology’s Big Ideas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Bancroft A. Drugs, Intoxication and Society. Polity Press, 2009. 224 p.
Backett-Milburn K, Wilson S, Bancroft A, Cunningham-Burley S. Challenging Childhoods: Young People's Accounts of 'Getting By' in Families with Substance Use Problems. Childhood. 2008 Nov;15(4):461-479. https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568208097202
Bancroft A. Untitled. Public Health. 2008 Jan;122(1):105-105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2007.07.008
Wilson S, Cunningham-Burley S, Bancroft A, Backett-Milburn K. ‘Joined up' Thinking? Unsupported 'Fast-track' Transitions in the Context of Parental Substance Use. Journal of Youth Studies. 2008;11(3):283-299. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676260801946423
Wilson S, Cunningham-Burley S, Bancroft A, Backett-Milburn K. “Young People, Biographical Narratives and the Life Grid: Young People’s Accounts of Parental Substance Use”. Qualitative Research. 2007;7(1):137-153.
Bancroft A, Wilson S. “The ‘Risk Gradient’ in policy on children of drug and alcohol users: Framing young people as risky”. Health, Risk & Society. 2007;9(3):311-322.
Bancroft A, Wiltshire S, Amos A, Parry O. “It’s like an addiction first thing … afterwards it’s like a habit: daily smoking behaviour among people living in areas of deprivation.”. Social Science & Medicine. 2003;56(6):1261-1267.
Wiltshire S, Bancroft A, Parry O, Amos A. “I came back here and started smoking again: perceptions and experiences of quitting among disadvantaged smokers.”. Health Education Research. 2003;18(3):292-303.
Parry O, Bancroft A, Amos A, Wiltshire S. “Smoking & disadvantage: the importance of taking an in-depth, inter-disciplinary approach,”. Journal of the Irish Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons. 2002;31(4):197-199.
Wiltshire S, Bancroft A, Amos A, Parry O. "They're doing people a service"-qualitative study of smoking, smuggling, and social deprivation. British Medical Journal (BMJ). 2001 Jul 28;323(7306):203-7. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7306.203
Parry O, Bancroft A, Amos A, Wiltshire S. “They're Doing People a Service: A qualitative study of smoking, smuggling, and social deprivation. British Medical Journal (BMJ). 2001;323:203-207. https://doi.org/dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7306.203
Parry O, Bancroft A, Gnich W, Amos A. “Nobody Home: Issues of Respondent Recruitment in Areas of Social Deprivation,”. Critical Public Health. 2001;11(4):305-317.