Prof Angus Nurse

Faculty of Business and Law
Economics, Finance and Law

Angus researches and teaches in critical criminal justice and redress for social harms, with specific interests in animal law, corporate environmental responsibility, environmental law and human rights. He has written six books, co-authored two and jointly edited two academic collections.  Angus is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Professor Angus Nurse, researches animal, environmental, and human rights law, green criminology and critical criminal justice. He was previously Head of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University (2021 to 2023) and prior to that was Associate Professor, Environmental Justice and Director of Policing Programmes in the Department of Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex University School of Law. Angus is a member of the Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC), and previously worked for an environmental NGO, and as an Investigator for the Local Government Ombudsman.

Angus’ books include Policing Wildlife (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, consequences and remedies (Policy Press, 2018) co-authored with Sam Poyser and Rebecca Milne, Wildlife Criminology (Bristol University Press, 2020) co-authored with Tanya Wyatt and Reparations (Bristol University Press, 2021). His work has appeared in several peer-reviewed academic journals including: Crime, Law and Social Change; Journal of Environmental Law; Men and Masculinities; the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology; the European Energy and Environmental Law Review and Contemporary Justice Review

Research interests
  • Environmental Law – air pollution, environmental regulation and role of environmental regulators, environmental justice, wildlife law
  • Green Criminology – wildlife crime, species justice, corporate environmental crime, regulation of corporate environmental responsibility
  • Criminal Justice – miscarriages of justice, conflict between human rights and criminal justice, critical criminal justice and critical criminology, law enforcement
  • Access to Justice – alternative dispute resolution (ADR), reparations, Ombudsman’s schemes
  • Human Rights – fair trial rights, freedom of expression and assembly, conflicts between criminal justice and human rights

Course and module(s) taught at ARU:

  • LLB (Hons), LLM
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Justice and Human Rights
  • Dissertation Supervision
  • PhD, Birmingham City University
  • LLM, Open University
  • MSc Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leicester
  • BA (Hons) Humanities with Literature, Open University
Memberships, editorial boards
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Policing Wildlife: Prosecuting Wildlife Crime (2023) Principal Investigator (Nottingham Trent University), Nadine Harding (University of Gloucestershire) co-investigator. Research Funder the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), approx. £8,900.
  • Policing Wildlife: The Nature of Wildlife Crime and Its Public Policy Response (2022) Principal Investigator (Nottingham Trent University), Nadine Harding (University of Gloucestershire) co-investigator. Research Funder the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), approx. £8,500.
  • Dangerous Dogs and Responsible Dog Ownership (2018 to 2020/1) Principal Investigator (Middlesex University), Dr Carly Guest (Middlesex University, Sociology) co-investigator, Dr Lilian Miles (Middlesex University/University of Westminster) co-investigator. Research commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), approx. £76,000.
  • Exposure toward violence to animals and the link with violence towards humans (2017 to 2020) Principal Investigator (Middlesex University), Professor Tanya Wyatt (Northumbria University) Co-Investigator, Mia Scally (Middlesex University) Co-Investigator. Research funder the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), approx. £29,000.
Selected recent publications

Nurse, A. (2023) Preventing Marine Wildlife Crime, Frontiers of Conservation Science, 3.

Nurse, A. (2022) Cleaning up Greenwash: Corporate Environmental Crime and the Crisis of Capitalism, Lexington Books.

Nurse, A. (2022) 'Contemporary Perspectives on Environmental Enforcement' International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 66(4): 327-344.

Nurse, A. (2021) Reparations and anti-black racism, Bristol, Bristol University Press.  

Nurse, A. (2021) ‘Green criminological perspectives on dog-fighting as organised masculinities-based animal harm', Trends in Organized Crime. 

Recent presentations and conferences

Nurse, A. (2023) Policing Environmental Problems, European Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Florence, September 2023.

Nurse, A. (2023) Climate Change and Climate Justice, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Same Problem, Different Day: Recognizing and Responding to Recurring Social Problems (72nd Annual Meeting), Philadelphia, August 2023. (Session Chair and Programme Committee Member.)

Nurse, A. (2023) Wild Animals, Climate Change and the Environment: How Do We Protect non-domesticated animals? Invited /Keynote speaker at Society of Legal Scholars funded annual seminar, Newcastle University and Leeds Beckett University (Newcastle, June 2023).

Nurse, A., (2023) Animal Rights and Legal Personhood, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford Brookes University, June 2023.

Nurse, A., and Wyatt, T. (2022) Wildlife Crime and International Criminal Law, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, King’s College London, September 2022.

Nurse, A., and Gachevska, K. (2022) ‘Environmental Racism: A Criminological Analysis’, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Conference, Omni Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, US, August 2022. (Also, session Chair)

Nurse, A, (2022) ‘Deconstructing International Crime: The War on Terror and the Crisis of Legitimacy in Jimmy’s Bastards’ Socio Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of York, April 2022. (Co-convenor of Graphic Justice Stream - SLSA York 2022: Streams and Current Topics – SLSA York 2022 (

‘Climate Litigation’ international webinar as part of the When Climate Change Intersects Crime international series. 24 November 2022.

Media experience

Comment Piece for The Times newspaper on Dogfighting

Comment for The Guardian (December 2022) on dog attacks. 

Talking Animals Podcast – May 2022 podcast on Dog Attacks and Defra commissioned research on reducing dog attacks and promoting responsible dog ownership. 

Doornbos, E., and Nurse, A. (2023) UK ivory trade ban extended to five more species – here’s why we think it will be ineffective, The Conversation, June 2023. Available at:

Nurse, A. (2023) Casey review: how the Met police needs to accept that it is institutionally racist and deal with failures, The Conversation, April 2023. Available at: