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: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/zfrs).
With Klaus F. Röhl, Stefan Machura co-edits the book series “Society and Law / Gesellschaft und Recht” (overview: http://www.lit-verlag.de/reihe/geure).
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: http://rcsl.iscte.pt/rcsl_nl.htm). The RCSL Working Group on Law and Popular Culture has elected Stefan Machura as Chair in March 2018.
Stefan Machura is board member the Sociology of Law Section in the German Sociological Association since 1998, 2000-2008 as Speaker (http://www.soziologie.de/index.php?id=275). In addition, he is a board member of the (German) Association for Law and Society “Vereinigung für Recht und Gesellschaft” (https://www.rechtssoziologie.info/).
He co-edits the Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture (sample articles: http://criminology.oxfordre.com/browse?t0=ORE_CRI:REFCRI003).
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 Administration
- SXY1007 Introduction to Criminology
- SXY2004 Crime & the Media
- SXU4016 MA Dissertation
- SXU4020 Social Science in Action
- SXY4015 Key Issues in Criminology
- Third year coordinator for the school (2020/21).
Answer phone: 01248-382214
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.
In 2020, Stefan Machura received the International Prize Honorary Mention of the Law and Society Association (USA).