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Simon Sneddon read law at Bournemouth University, and graduated with a 2:1 LLB (Hons) Business Law. Whilst an undergraduate, Simon spent a year working for the British Railways Board Solicitors Department in Euston, and completed two indpendent consultancy reports on waste management, based in the Czech Republic and Canada.

From there he went on to complete an MA in Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Keele, before moving to the University of Cambridge as research assistant on a multidisciplinary project on environmental valuation. In 2018 he completed a second MA, in Education, with a dissertation looking at Technology Enhanced Learning 

From Cambridge, Simon came to the then University College Northampton in 2000, where he was a full time lecturer and part time PhD student. His PhD explored the decision making process in relation to nuclear power in the UK.

From 2011-17, Simon was on the editorial board for the e-journal Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education, and is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, and Trends in Organised Crime.

In 2013, the first edition of his book “LawExpress: Environmental Law” was published by Pearson, and a second edition was published in 2015.

Research Interests

Simon’s current primary research interest is the trafficking of commodities by organised criminal groups and terrorist organisations, and the links between organised crime and political corruption. 

He is also active in researching learning and teaching researching, and has successfully completed six funded research projects in this area.

He is currently supervising four PhD students, and has two completions.


Leila Benseddik; English and Creative Writing

Doctoral Research Project.


Chigoziri Jack-Osimiri; Law

Doctoral Research Project

Intellectual Property - Trademarks.


Nicholas Jenzen-Jones; Sociology and Criminology

Doctoral Research Project.


Teaching Interests

Simon is the programme Leader for LLM Transnational Corporate Law and LLM Transnational Rights and Security.

He is the module leader for:

  • Environmental Law (Level 5)
  • Organised Crime (Level 5)
  • Transnational Organised Crime (Level 7)
  • Firarms Crime (Level 7)
  • International Corporate Crime (Level 7)
  • Corporate Environmental Law (Level 7)

Simon also teaches on:

  • Tort Law (Level 5)

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Northampton

PhD, University of Northampton

Master, Keele University

Bachelor, Bournemouth University

External positions

External Examiner, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Oct 20181 Oct 2022

External Examiner, Buckinghamshire New University

1 Oct 20171 Oct 2021

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Research Output 2009 2019

Firearms: global perspectives on consequences, crime and control

Sneddon, S. T. & Poole, H. L., 21 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Taylor and Francis.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

civil society

Gangster’s paradise: Brexit and cross border smuggling

Sneddon, S., 3 Jul 2017.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

organized crime
enterprise theory

Strength through collaboration?

Sneddon, S., 6 Apr 2017.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

interactive media

TEL and the TEF: does technology promote excellence?

Sneddon, S., 16 May 2017.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

university teacher

When the elephant in the room is an elephant

Sneddon, S., 7 Apr 2017.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

organized crime

Legalised, limited ivory trading: could it save the elephant from extinction?

Sneddon, S., 3 Sep 2015.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

endangered species
international trade

To trade or not to trade: relaxing the ban on the trade in endangered species

Sneddon, S., 31 Mar 2015.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

endangered species
international trade

Corporate environmental crime

Sneddon, S., 11 Mar 2014.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper



university teacher

VLE Best Practice

Simon Sneddon (Recipient), 2017


best practice

Activities 2011 2019

International Arms Trade Legislation: Filling the Bullet Holes

Simon Sneddon (Speaker), Helen Poole (Speaker)
1 Jun 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Palm Oil and Orang Utans

Simon Sneddon (Speaker)
21 May 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkTeaching

Terrorism, Firearms and Organised Crime

Simon Sneddon (Speaker), Helen Poole (Speaker)
7 Feb 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Education for Justice programme

Helen Louise Poole (Consultant), Simon Thomas Sneddon (Consultant), Nicholas Cartwright (Consultant), Michael John Hughes (Consultant)
1 Apr 20181 Jan 2019

Activity: ConsultancyInnovation/Business/Enterprise

United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime Education for Justice Programme (External organisation)

Simon Sneddon (Chair)

Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of networkResearch

Foreign Law Enforcement Community event

Helen Louise Poole (Speaker), Simon Thomas Sneddon (Speaker)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

OCGs, Firearms and Terrorism

Simon Sneddon (Speaker), Helen Poole (Speaker)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Trends in Organised Crime (Journal)

Simon Sneddon (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication Peer-review and Editorial WorkPublication Peer-reviewResearch


Nuclear unclear: an investigation of British nuclear power policy, 1945-2005

Author: Sneddon, S., 2010

Supervisor: McDonald-Walker, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis