• 36 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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My current research brings together inter-related themes of class, gender, embodiment and organisational practice to examine the embedded, and often hidden, cultures of finance. Through ethnographic research methods, my work develops an ‘on-the-ground’ account of the everyday practices, thought process and common assumptions that both legitimise and neutralise the production of social harm connected to finance work.


I undertook my PhD at the University of York. Awarded an ESRC studentship, this project focused on questions of harm and deviance in the City of London’s financial services industry. Following my graduation in 2015, I spent three years as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Brighton. Whilst at Brighton I was on the management board for the Centre for Spatial, Cultural and Environmental Politics and was heavily involved in the Centre for Transforming Gender and Sexuality. This involvement brought new questions of space and place making as well as gendered performativity and embodiment to my research. Since September 2018 I have been working in Department of Security Studies and Criminology, within the Faculty of Arts, and I continue to pursue my research activities as part of the Societal Transformation research theme. Alongside my continuing and ongoing research interests in the cultures of finance, I have also been part of a British Academy funded, ethnographic study of class-based experiences of dirt and dirty work.


Research Interests

  • Social finance studies
  • Embodiment
  • Gender
  • Zemiology (social harm)
  • Elite deviance
  • Cultural production of space
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Organisational culture and practice


Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, University of York

External positions

Social Sciences Consultant for the The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship

2016 → …

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Research Outputs

  • 36 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 1 Editorial

Follow the money: corporate crime as real crime

Simpson, A. T., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Streaming criminology: theory and justice through the lens of popular TV shows. Grubb, J. A. & Posick, C. (eds.). New York University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Establishing a disciplining financial disposition in the City of London: resilience, speed and intelligence

Simpson, A., 1 Dec 2019, In : Sociology. 53, 6, p. 1061-1076 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The robbery of the century: the cum-ex trading scandal and why it matters

    Simpson, A., 13 Nov 2019, The Conversation. Academic rigour, journalistic flair.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteEditorial

    Open Access
    17 Downloads (Pure)

    Consecrating the elite: culturally embedding the financial market in the City of London

    Simpson, A., 2018, From financial crisis to social change: towards alternative horizons. Geelan, T., González Hernando, M. & Walsh, P. W. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 13-30 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management Paper of the Year Award for Excellence

    Natasha Slutskaya (Recipient), Alex Simpson (Recipient) & Jason Hughes (Recipient), 2013


    Work, Employment and Society SAGE Prize for Innovation

    Jason Hughes (Recipient), Ruth Simpson (Recipient), Natasha Slutskaya (Recipient), Alex Simpson (Recipient) & Kahryn Hughes (Recipient), 2018


    Press / Media