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    My research and teaching so far have been at the intersection of sociology, criminology and urban studies. I have a PhD in Sociology from the University of York, in which I explored the relations between urban space, archival institutions, and documentary photography. I have been publishing my doctoral work as articles in CITY, Theory, Culture & Society and The Journal of Aesthetic Education. Recently, I was awarded a Web Science Institute Stimulus Fund grant as Principal Investigator to pursue the sociological implications of video game photography.

    I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) of the United Kingdom. I have coordinated the University of Southampton’s Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology’s Research Methods cluster and I was also the Employability Co-ordinator for the department and a reviewer for the Faculty Review Ethics Committee. In Coventry University, I am module leader for a number of undergraduate modules.

    PhD Project

    Vladimir’s doctoral research 'Photographic Cities and the Photographic Production of Space: Eugène Atget’s Paris and Thomas Annan’s Glasgow' explored the relations between urban space, archival institutions, and documentary photography. He did so by focusing on the work of Thomas Annan in late 19th century Glasgow and the work of Eugène Atget in early 20th century Paris.

    Research Interests

    My work can be described by three main themes and their intersections – visual sociology, urban studies, and sociology of crime. My PhD research on the intersections of documentary photography, archival institutions and urban studies explored the photographic works of Thomas Annan and Eugène Atget in, respectively, Glasgow (mid-19th C) and Paris (early 20th C) as integral to early processes of gentrification and state control. My interests in the visual have continued in my current work on video game photography in relation to virtual space, for which I have recently been awarded a stimulus fund from the University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute (as PI, in collaboration with Dr Seth Giddings from the Winchester School of Art). In addition to work that I have been publishing from my PhD in journals such as CITY, Theory, Culture & Society and The Journal of Aesthetic Education, I am also working on several texts (with Dr Gareth Millington, University of York) on the photography of Gordon Parks and its depiction of race and urban crime. Currently, I am in the process of finalising a co-authored monograph (with Dr Rafe McGregor, Edge Hill University) on urban crime control and cinema, which encompasses all of my highlighted research interests.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Sociology, Doctorate, University of York


    External positions

    Lecturer in Criminology, University of Southampton

    Sep 2019Jul 2021

    Lecturer in Criminology, University of Suffolk

    Aug 2018Aug 2019

    Visiting Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, Leeds Trinity University

    Sep 2017Apr 2018


    • HM Sociology
    • urban sociology
    • urban criminology
    • visual sociology
    • documentary photography
    • sociological theory
    • criminological theory


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