Dr Sacha Darke

Dr Sacha Darke


I am Reader in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences.

External appointments: Visiting Lecturer in Law, University of São Paulo; Affiliate, King’s Brazil Institute, King’s College London; Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow 2020-2022.

Previous academic posts: Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Westminster (2007-2021); Lecturer in Criminology, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth (2005-2007); visiting Lecturer, School of Law, University of Westminster (1997-2005).

Higher education: Ph.D. Criminology, University of Westminster (2006); M.A. Criminal Justice, University of Southampton (1992); LL.B. Law, Second Class Honours (Upper Division), University of Southampton (1990).

Professional affiliation: Higher Education Academy (Fellow, 2007).


My research interests are in comparative and transnational criminology, prisons and convict criminology.

My doctoral research focused on the use of ASBOs and other civility orders in crime prevention. My main current research areas are Brazilian prisons and convict criminology.

Key publications:

Darke, S., & Khan, O.P. (2021) Coloniality, just war and carceral injustice in Brazil, Punishment & Society, 23(5): 723-740

Darke, S., Garces, C., Duno-Gottberg, L., & Antillano, A. (Eds.) (2021) Carceral Communities in Latin America: Troubling 21st Century Prison Regimes, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Darke, S. (2018) Conviviality and Survival: Co-producing Brazilian Prison Order, London: Palgrave Macmillan. Portuguese version (2019): Convívio e Sobrevivência: Ordem Prisional em Cogovernança (trans: Karam, M.L.), Belo Horizonte: D'Placido

Aresti, A., & Darke, S. (Eds.) (2018) Twenty years of Convict Criminology, Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 27(2)

Darke, S., & Garces, C. (Eds.) (2017) Informal dynamics of survival in Latin American prisons, Prison Service Journal, 22


  • Equality and Criminal Justice
  • Centre for the Study of Democracy
  • Criminal Investigative and Forensic Research - CIFR