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Aaron Doyle

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1914
Office:C763 Loeb Building

Areas of Interest

Critical and public criminology, especially focusing on jails and prisons, and on relations between media, culture and criminal justice; risk, insurance, security, and governance; surveillance studies, especially camera surveillance; social movements and protest.

Professor Doyle is currently accepting graduate students working in the areas listed above. Feel free to e-mail him with inquiries.


Aaron Doyle was born in London, England and grew up in New Zealand and in Victoria, British Columbia. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked as a journalist for five years. He has a B.A. from the University of Victoria, an M.A. in Criminology from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. From 2000-2002, he held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He joined our department in 2002.

Recent Articles and Chapters

Aaron Doyle, Justin Piche, and Kelsey Sutton (2021) “The Struggle Over the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre: Challenging Neutralization Techniques, Fighting State Inertia”, in Michael J. Coyle and Mechtild Nagel, Contesting Carceral Logic: Knowledge and Praxis in Penal Abolition. Lanham: Lexington.

Mathieu Charbonneau and Aaron Doyle (2021) “The Contradictory Roles of the Insurance Industry in the Era of Climate Change”, in Cameron Holley, Liam Phelan, and Clifford Shearing eds. Criminology and Climate: Insurance, Finance, and the Regulation of Harmscapes. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Aaron Doyle and Johannes Brinkmann (2021) “Notes Towards A New Ethics of Insurance”, in Ernesto Tzirulnik, Ana Maria Blanco, Carolina Cavalcanti, Vitor Boaventura Xavier eds Direito Do Seguro Contemporaneo Edicao Commerativa Dos Anos Do IBDS. IBDS: Sao Paulo

Souheil Benslimane, Sarah Speight, Justin Piche, and Aaron Doyle (2020) “The Jail Accountability and Information Line: Early Reflections on Praxis”, Journal of Law and Social Policy 33: 111-133.

Aaron Doyle and Laura McKendy (2019) “Risk Aversion and the Remand Population Explosion in Ontario,” In Stacey Hannem, Carrie Sanders, Christopher Schneider, Aaron Doyle and Tony Christensen eds. Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Janet Siltanen, Xiaobei Chen, Aaron Doyle, and Alexis Shotwell (2019) “Teaching, Supervising, and Supporting PhD Students: Identifying Issues, Addressing Challenges, Sharing Strategies”, Canadian Review of Sociology 56 (2) May 2019: 274-291. (Committing Sociology section)


Stacey Hannem, Carrie Sanders, Christopher Schneider, Aaron Doyle, and Tony Christensen eds. (2019) Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle (2015) 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Aaron Doyle, Randy Lippert and David Lyon eds. (2012) Eyes Everywhere: The Global Growth of Camera Surveillance. London: Routledge. 456 pp.

Kevin Haggerty, Aaron Doyle and Janet Chan eds. (2011) Crime, Institutional Knowledge and Power: The Rich Criminological Legacy of Richard Ericson. Ashgate: Farnham, UK. 358 pp

Aaron Doyle and Dawn Moore eds. (2011) Critical Criminology in Canada: New Voices, New Directions. Vancouver: UBC Press. 316 pp.

Richard Ericson and Aaron Doyle (2004) Uncertain Business: Risk, Insurance and the Limits of Knowledge. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 332 pp.

Aaron Doyle (2003) Arresting Images: Crime and Policing in Front of the Television Camera. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 198 pp.

Richard Ericson, Aaron Doyle and Dean Barry (2003) Insurance as Governance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 414 pp.

Richard Ericson and Aaron Doyle eds. (2003) Risk and Morality. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 461 pp.

Special Issue Edited

Aaron Doyle ed. (2011) Journal of Business Ethics 103 (Supplement 1) Special Issue on Insurance and Business Ethics