Dr Sam King

Associate Professor of Criminology

School/Department: Criminology, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5729



I am an Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Criminology University of Leicester. I was appointed as a University Lecturer at Leicester in 2013 and before that I taught at the University of Derby and the University of Birmingham. I received my PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2011 after completing my doctoral research on desistance from crime and probation practice.


My areas of research are predominantly focused on supporting desistance from crime within the criminal justice system. I have conducted research within Probation and Integrated Offender Management (IOM) teams involving practitioners and those who have encountered supervision in the community.


King, S., Hopkins, M. and Cornish, N. (2018) 'Can models of organizational change help to understand 'success' and 'failure' in community sentences? Applying Kotter's model of organizational change to an Integrated Offender Management case study', Criminology & Criminal Justice, 18 (3): 273-290.

King, S. (2014) Desistance Transitions and the Impact of Probation. Abingdon: Routledge.

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

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

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

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


I am currently supervising doctoral students in the areas of prisons probation sex offenders and criminal justice legislation. I am open to supervising PhD students in these and related areas of inquiry.


I am a teaching-focused member of staff delivering large and small group teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study. My main teaching areas are criminal justice penology rehabilitation and desistance.

Press and media

Rehabilitation penal policy and practice.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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