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Aaron Doyle

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Degrees:PhD (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1914
Office:B759 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.


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 Publications:


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

Recent Articles and Chapters

2012  Aaron Doyle and Kevin Walby, “Selling Surveillance: The Introduction of Cameras in Ottawa Taxis”. In A. Doyle, R. Lippert and D. Lyon eds Eyes Everywhere: The Global Growth of Camera Surveillance. London: Routledge. 456 pp.

2011 Aaron Doyle, “Introduction: Insurance and Business Ethics”, Journal of Business Ethics 103 (Supplement 1) Special Issue on Insurance and Business Ethics: 1-5.

2011  Aaron Doyle,  “Revisiting the Synopticon: Reconsidering Mathiesen’s ‘The Viewer Society’ in the age of Web 2.0”  Theoretical Criminology August 2011 15: 283-299.

2011  Aaron Doyle, Janet Chan and Kevin Haggerty, “Transcending the Boundaries of Criminology: The Example of Richard Ericson”.  In Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle eds. What is Criminology? Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2010  Aaron Doyle and Richard Ericson, “Five Ironies of Insurance”. In G. Clark. G. Anderson, C. Thomann and J.M. Graf Von Der Schulenburg. The Appeal of Insurance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2009  Kevin Walby and Aaron Doyle, “Their Risks are My Risks: On Shared Risk Epistemologies” Sociological Research Online 14(4).

2009 Photo Essay: Photographs by Tony Fouhse. Essay by Aaron Doyle. “User: Photographing Crack Users As Exploitation, Art, Documentary and Sociology.” New Social Inquiry 1.

2008  Jennifer Whitson and Aaron Doyle, “Second Life and Governing Deviance in Virtual Worlds”. In Stephane Leman-Langlois ed. Technocrime: Technology, Crime and Social Control. Cullompton: Willan. Pp. 88-111.

2007  Aaron Doyle, “Introduction: Trust, Citizenship and Exclusion in the Risk Society”. In Law Commission of Canada eds. Risk and Trust: Including or Excluding Citizens. Halifax: Fernwood. pp 7-22.

2006   Aaron Doyle. “How Not To Think About Crime in the Media” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 48 (6): 867-886.

2006  Richard Ericson and Aaron Doyle. “The Institutionalization of Deceptive Sales in Life Insurance: Five Sources of Moral Risk”. British Journal of Criminology 46 (6): 993-1010.

2006   Aaron Doyle,  “An Alternative Current in Surveillance and Control: Broadcasting Surveillance Footage of Crimes”. In K. Haggerty and R. Ericson eds. The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  pp 199-224.

2006   Richard Ericson, Dean Barry and Aaron Doyle, “The Moral Hazards of Neo-Liberalism:  Lessons from the Private Insurance Industry”, In Benjamin Goold and Lucia Zedner (eds.) Crime and Security. Ashgate. Reprinted from  Economy and Society 29 (4) November: 532-558.

2006  Laura Huey, Kevin Walby and Aaron Doyle “Cop Watching in the Downtown Eastside: Exploring the Use of (Counter) Surveillance as a Tool of Resistance”. In Torin Monahan ed. Surveillance and Security: Technological Politics and Power in Everyday Life. London: Routledge. P. 149-165.