Dr Sam King

Sam KingLecturer in Criminology

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5729
  • Email: sk532@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 2.04 2nd floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appoinment only


Sam obtained a first class honours degree in Social Policy from the University of Birmingham in 2005, before going on to complete an ESRC-accredited Masters in Research, and a PhD. His doctoral research examined the impact of probation on the early transitions towards desistance.

Sam was appointed as a University Lecturer at Leicester in 2013, and before that he taught at the University of Derby and the University of Birmingham. He has also conducted research for Unison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

Research Interests

  • Desistance
  • Probation
  • Offender management
  • Narrative and identity construction
  • Masculinity
  • Sports criminology
  • Violence in sport
  • Qualitative research methods.

Current Research

Evaluation of Hertfordshire C2 and Bedfordshire IOM PI schemes – funded by The Dawes Trust £29,864 (subject to contract). The outcomes of this project will have impact for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Criminal Justice Boards and also for other Criminal Justice Boards and public, private and third sector organisations who consider implementing similar schemes in other areas.

Evaluation of COPE mental health services – funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust £6,000 (subject to contract). The outcomes of this project will have immediate impact for COPE, but will also be of interest to other public, private and third sector organisations, particularly those who work with or have an interest in young adult offenders with poor mental health.

PhD Supervision

Sam would be interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

Offender Management
Community resettlement (particularly involving the Third Sector)
Probation supervision
Crime in sport




King, S. and Pemberton, S. (2013) “I needed help, I didn’t need punishment”: Women’s experiences of Anawim Community Centre, paper presented at the European Society of Criminology conference, September 2013, Budapest.

King, S. and Pemberton, S. (2013) The voluntary sector and female desistance from crime, paper presented at the American Society of Criminology conference, November 2013, Atlanta, GA.

King, S. (2013) ‘Transformative Agency and Desistance From Crime’ Criminology and Criminal Justice. 13 (3): 317-335.

King, S. (2013) ‘Assisted Desistance: Experiences of Probation’ Probation Journal. 60 (2): 136-151.

King, S. (2013) Desistance Transitions and the Impact of Probation. Abingdon: Routledge.

King, S. (2013) ‘Early desistance narratives: primary desistance and identity reconstruction’ Punishment and Society. 15 (2): 147-165.

King, S. (2013) ‘Perceptions of work as a route away from crime’. Safer Communities. 12 (3): 122-132.

Spalek, B. and King, S. (2007) Farepak victims speak out: an exploration of the harms caused by the collapse of Farepak. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, King’s College : London

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