Dr Jon Burnett
Lecturer in Criminology
Telephone: (01792) 604681
Room: Office - 130
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

My research interests are multidisciplinary, focusing on forced labour, racism and neoliberalism, asylum policy and institutional violence. Research I have carried has included the policies and practices which underpin forced labour and the risks faced by those working in such conditions, medical abuse in penal settings (particularly Immigration Removal Centres), ‘hate crimes’ and racist violence, and the displacement of communities through social policy and immigration policy.

Prior to coming to Swansea University, I have worked at Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS), Medical Justice and the Institute of Race Relations.

Areas of Expertise

  • forced labour
  • undocumented working
  • community cohesion
  • criminalisation


  1. In the teeth of the machine: workfare, immigration enforcement and the regulation of ‘surplus labour’. Justice, Power and Resistance 2(2), 287-313.
  2. "Punitive reformation": state-sanctioned labour through criminal justice and welfare. In Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance. (pp. 283-296). Abingdon: Routledge.
  3. Austerity and the Production of Hate. In The Violence of Austerity. (pp. 217-226). London: Pluto Press.
  4. & The Violence of Workfare. In The Violence of Austerity. (pp. 59-68). London: Pluto Press.
  5. Racial violence and the Brexit state. Race & Class 58(4), 85-97.

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  • ASC109 Foundations in Research

    This module is intended to give students a foundation in research methods that are relevant to the study of Criminology. Teaching will focus on current issues in criminology and criminal justice, notably research led by staff within the Criminology Department, and, through the module, students will be encouraged to gather and assess a wide range of information from a variety of sources, including; criminology books, journal articles, the Internet and the media in order to understand important themes in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the different ways they are presented. The module is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking, providing an opportunity for students to broaden perspectives, deepen understanding of contemporary criminal justice issues and to consolidate and apply research-related skills that they have thus far learnt during their studies. .

  • ASC208 Research Methods in Criminology

    This module will introduce students to the development, application and realities of research methods in Criminology. Students will learn about: ¿ The description, discussion and critical evaluation of quantitative and qualitative research methods employed in applied criminological research ¿ Experimental methods and experimental evaluation, questionnaire, interview, focus group, observation and documentary analysis ¿ The ways that research methodologies are applied in practice, by drawing upon existing examples of research in Criminology

  • ASC220 The Criminal State: International Issues

    This module explores crimes of the state from an international perspective and provides a theoretical understanding of global law and human rights. It offers a critical evaluation of contemporary conflicts and power struggles, in addition to reviewing historical cases of genocide, state-sponsored violence and organised crime. The module also takes into account Western intervention in volatile political situations and the implications on social development. There is a particular focus upon crimes of the state against women and marginalised groups. Finally, the role of global organisations is discussed in relation to combating corruption and human rights violations such as torture, human trafficking and modern day slavery.

  • ASC320 Diversity, Crime & Criminal Justice

    This module explores a range of diverse crimes, criminals and victims. In particular this module examines: the prevalence of hate crime, the role of ethnicity, race, gender, class and sexuality in causes of crime, victimisation and responses to crime.

  • ASCM28 Case Studies in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

    The module examines key issues in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology by examining a series of case studies, presented by the people who actually did the research. The focus is on how and why the researchers chose the particular methodologies and strategies used; how these choices were influenced by ethical concerns and the interests of research subjects; what constraints and pressures were created by resource limitations or the expectations and agendas of research funders (for example, the Home Office); and, where relevant, the impact of the research on researchers themselves, and the impact on the research role of researchers¿ own values and concerns or their advocacy of particular policies.


  • Examining the multiple impacts of 'Welsh Town' Bureaux (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Jon Burnett
    Other supervisor: Dr Anthony Charles
  • Expanding the speciesist confines of animal abuse perspectives in criminology (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Jon Burnett
    Other supervisor: Dr Caroline Jones

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Admissions Tutor for Criminology - College of Law and Criminology

    2017 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Funding for the post of Information and Communications Officer 2009 - 2011

    , Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: £30,000

  • Evaluating the provision and quality of healthcare for ‘refused’ asylum seekers in Leeds 2009 - 2010

    , Leeds Community Foundation: £9,000

  • Funding for the post of Information and Communications Officer 2008 - 2009

    , Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: £20,000

  • Research project on the provision and quality of healthcare for refused asylum seekers 2009 - 2010

    Leeds Community Foundation, £9,000

  • Position of Research Officer at PAFRAS 2009 - 2011

    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, £30,000

  • Position of Research Officer at PAFRAS 2008 - 2009

    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, £20,000