• 28 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 2012 2020

  • 28 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 4 Chapter

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 proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Social Relations

The culture of moral disengagement and harm production in the City of London's financial services industry

Simpson, A., Apr 2019, In : Justice, Power and Resistance. 3, 1, p. 115-133

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

financial service

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 proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Financial markets
Financial services industry
Competitive market
Market behavior

Does Necessity Shield work? The struggles of butchers and waste management workers for recognition

Slutskaya, N., Morgan, R., Simpson, R. & Simpson, A., 2018, Stigmas, work and organizations. Thomson, S. B. & Grandy, G. (eds.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 123-142 20 p. (Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

waste management
labor market
physical labor
tax payer


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

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


Work, Employment and Society SAGE Prize for Innovation

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


Press / Media