Dr James Morgan is course leader for Criminology and Psychopathology MSc at London Metropolitan University. His research interests include substance misuse, drug policy, and digital literacy. He is leader of the Substance Use and Addictions Group while also co-hosting and curating the Street Drugs Discussions series of webinars and symposia.
Dr James Morgan has worked as senior lecturer of psychology since re-joining the University in the summer of 2021. Prior to this he had lectured in criminology at London Metropolitan University and also at the University of South Wales while completing his doctoral studies. His PhD concerned the lifestyles of heroin users and this continues top be a primary research agenda. As well as conducting this research, James also curates and presents the Street Drugs Discussions series of symposia and webinars.
Having taught across both criminology and psychology James currently teaches Forensic psychology at level 6 and Psychology of Offending Behaviour and Law Policy and Ethics at level 7. In addition he teaches Key Studies that Shaped Psychology at foundation level.
Morgan, J. and Bennett T. (2021) Variations in the accomplishment of persistent heroin use: A typology of users’ lifestyles. Drugs Education Prevention Policy
Morgan, J., Silverstone, D. (2017) Illegal Drugs as a Social Problem, in (ed) S. Isaacs European Social Problems. London: Taylor and Francis
Morgan, J. (2019) Narrative Criminology in (Eds) E. McLaughlin & J. Muncie Sage Dictionary of Criminology. Sage
Morgan, J. and Bennett T. (2021) Managing stigma: Heroin users who attempt a conventional life, in (eds) C. Chatwin, G. Potter & B. Werse Who? Variation and Distinction in the European Drugs Landscape. Pabst
Morgan J., and Silverstone D. (2021) Getting high on your own supply: Heroin users who deal, in (eds) T. Ayres & C. Ancrum Understanding Drug Dealing and Illicit Drug Markets in the 21st Century: National and International Perspectives.
Morgan, J., and Silverstone, D. (2017) Trialling Body Worn Video Camera for City of London Police: Officer Perception and Criminal Justice Outcomes. A report for City of London Police.
DQ Institute (2021) 5 Step Strategy for Building a National Digital Skills Roadmap in Alignment with the UN SDG 4.4
2022 The Nature and Implications of Lifestyles Transitions to Persistent Heroin Use. European Society for Social Drug Research Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria
2019 Variations in the accomplishment of persistent heroin use: A typology of users’ lifestyles. European Society for Social Drug Research Annual Conference, Riga, Latvia, October
2018 Top Boys: Getting High on their Own Supply? European Society for Social Drug Research Annual Conference Budapest, Hungary, September
2017 What to do about young heroin users? European Society for Social Drug Research Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September
2016 What Explains Heroin Careers? European Society for Social Drug Research Annual Conference, Frankfurt Germany, September
2015 What Explains Heroin Careers? British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Plymouth UK, June
2012 The Impact of Heroin Droughts in Cardiff: User Experiences and Social Consequences. Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice, Gregynog, Wales, May
2011 What Maintains Long Term Heroin Careers? Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice, Gregynog, Wales, May
2019 Street Drugs Wales: Is the Dragon Still Smoking? University of South Wales, June
2018 Street Drugs: In the Big Smoke, London Metropolitan University, November
Dr James Morgan
Senior lecturer of Psychology