Prof Stefan Machura

Professor in Criminology & Criminal Justice

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Answer phone: 01248-382214



Stefan Machura studied sociology and political science at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany). His doctoral dissertation dealt with the control of state-owned enterprises. In 1992, he started teaching sociology of law, sociology and political science at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The perceived fairness of authorities and of procedures like court trials, lay participation in the administration of justice and the portrayal of the legal system in popular media and its effects form major aspects of his research. In 2000, he passed the second dissertation (Habilitation, Public Management) in Munich, to be followed by a Habilitation (Political Science) in Bochum in 2005.

Since 2000, Stefan Machura is one of the editors of the "Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie. The German Journal of Law and Society", 2010-2014 main editor (info:

Stefan Machura co-founded the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (webpage: and was on the Management Committee until 2015.

With Klaus F. Röhl, Stefan Machura co-edits the book series “Society and Law / Gesellschaft und Recht” (overview:

From 2012-2016, he was External Examiner for Cardiff Law School covering German Law, Jurisprudence and Sociology of Law.

From 2014 to 2018, Stefan Machura was on the Board of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Law where he chaired the editorial board of the RCSL newsletter (archive: The RCSL Working Group on Law and Popular Culture has elected Stefan Machura as Chair in March 2018.

As member of the programme committee, he contributes to the regular conferences of the German-speaking sociology of law associations (2008 in Luzern, 2011 in Vienna, 2015 in Berlin and 2018 in Basel).

Stefan Machura is being elected to the board of the Sociology of Law Section in the German Sociological Association since 1998, 2000-2008 as Speaker ( In addition, he is a board member of the (German) Association for Law and Society “Vereinigung für Recht und Gesellschaft” (

He co-edits the Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture (sample articles:


Research interests are related to the areas of sociology of law, political sociology, criminology and criminal justice, popular culture including mass media. Particularly interested in international and transdisciplinary research, cooperating with scholars and practitioners from various academic backgrounds and from different countries. In his research, he applies quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching and Administration

Undergraduate Teaching

  • SXY1007 Introduction to Criminology
  • SXU2010 BA Dissertation
  • SXY2004 Crime & the Media

Postgraduate Teaching

  • SXU4016 MA Dissertation
  • SXU4020 Social Science in Action
  • SXY4015 Key Issues in Criminology


  • Dissertation coordinator for social science subjects (2019/20).

Contact Info

Answer phone: 01248-382214


Grant Awards and Projects

At Bangor University, Stefan Machura has conducted a series of empirical studies on the public perception of police and courts. The studies focus on citizen’s direct and indirect sources of information ranging from contacting police and appearing in court to the effects of popular TV series and of having family and friends in the police or the legal profession.

2015 and 2016, in collaboration with Penny Darbyshire (Kingston University), trials at youth courts were systematically observed and interviews with judges, lawyers, social workers and prosecutors, as well as experts, held. Reform proposals for youth justice are being developed.

In 2016, Stefan Machura investigated the inclination of students to drive while under the influence of alcohol or of a prescription drug which comes with a warning that it impacts on the ability to control a car. The questionnaire survey was conducted online and on paper. 

In collaboration with Fay Short (School of Psychology) and North Wales Police, Stefan Machura studied how police officers and members of the public react to cases constituting a breach of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Data were sampled in the first half of 2017, resulting in more than 800 returned questionnaires. 

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2009 - Other , Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education
  • 2005 - Professional , Umhabilitation
  • 2000 - PhD , Habilitation, dissertation "Fairneß und Legitimität"
  • 1992 - PhD , The control of state-owned enterprises
  • 1987 - Other , Diplom-Sozialwissenschaftler, dissertation on the political control of ministerial bureaucracy

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