School of Social and Political Science

Professor Angus Bancroft

Job Title

Professor of Sociology

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Angus

Room number

4f1

Building (Address)

18

Street (Address)

Buccleuch Place

City (Address)

Edinburgh

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:

Background

I am currently researching digtal platforms in informal economies, digital methods 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

Works within

Staff Hours and Guidance

Meet me on Tuesdays or Wednesdays 9-11am, book here if you are a student, email me otherwise: 

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/UniversityofEdinburgh2041145…

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Bancroft A. Potential influences of the darknet on illicit drug diffusion. Current Addiction Reports. 2022 Sep 10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-022-00439-2
Bancroft A, Parkes T, Galip I, Matheson C, Crawshaw E, Craik V et al. Negotiating an illicit economy in the time of COVID-19: Drug selling and buying dilemmas in the lives of people who use drugs in Scotland. Contemporary Drug Problems. 2022 Sep 8. https://doi.org/10.1177/00914509221122704
Martin JG, Giulianotti R, Bandura C, Morrow S, Hunt K, Bancroft A et al. Stakeholder views of current laws surrounding alcohol at UK football matches: Is it a case of using a “sledgehammer to crack a nut”? International Journal of Drug Policy. 2022 Sep;107. 103789. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103789
Schofield J, Dumbrell J, Matheson C, Parkes T, Bancroft A. The impact of COVID-19 on access to harm reduction, substance use treatment and recovery services in Scotland: A qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 2022 Mar 15;22. 500. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-12873-y
Bancroft A. Applying crime script analysis to darknet data. In Kozinets R, editor, SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online. SAGE. 2022
Purves RI, Critchlow N, Richard G, Hunt K, Morrow S, Bancroft A. Sport fan attitudes on alcohol: Insights from a survey of football supporters in Scotland and England. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 2021 Dec 23. https://doi.org/10.1177/01937235211067192
Sawicka M, Rafanell I, Bancroft A. Digital localisation in an illicit market space: Interactional creation of a psychedelic assemblage in a darknet community of exchange. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2021 Nov 9;100. 103514. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103514
Bancroft A. Producing planned hedonism among opiate users in an online drug market. In Hunt G, Antin TMJ, Frank VA, editors, Routledge Handbook of Intoxicants and Intoxication. 1st ed. London: Routledge. 2021. (Routledge International Handbooks).
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
Bancroft A. How to use the darknet for social science research. In Kozinets R, Kirby J, Hewson C, Sugie N, Wong M, Munk AK, editors, SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online. SAGE. 2021
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. 2020 Sep 1;25(3):456-472. https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780419881158
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
Bancroft A. The model of a man: Masculinity and body image in men’s lifestyle magazines. In Richardson J, Shaw A, editors, The Body in Qualitative Research. 1 ed. Routledge. 2019. p. 26-38. (Routledge Revivals). https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429438592-3
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
Bancroft A. Research in fractured digital spaces. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.05.007
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, 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. Responsible use to responsible harm: Illicit drug use and peer harm reduction in a darknet cryptomarket. Health, Risk & Society. 2017;19(7-8):336-350. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2017.1415304
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
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.
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, Cunningham-Burley S, Masters H, Backett-Milburn K. Children managing parental drug and alcohol misuse: Challenging parent-child boundaries. In McKie L, Cunningham-Burley S, editors, Families in Society: Boundaries and Relationships. Policy Press. 2005. p. 111-125
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.
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.
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.
Bancroft A. Closed spaces, restricted places: Marginalisation of Roma in Europe. Space and Polity. 2001;5(2):145-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562570120104454
Bancroft A. Globalisation and HIV/AIDS: Inequality and the boundaries of a symbolic epidemic. Health, Risk and Society. 2001;3(1):89-98. https://doi.org/10.1080/713670174
Bancroft A. 'No interest in land': Legal and spatial enclosure of Gypsy-Travellers in Britain. Space and Polity. 2000;4(1):41-56. https://doi.org/10.1080/713697750
Bancroft A. "Gypsies to the camps!": Exclusion and marginalisation of Roma in the Czech Republic. Sociological Research Online . 1999 Sep 1;4(3):206-219. https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.250