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Christopher Murphy

Professor; Joint Faculty, University of King's College

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

Email: cmurphy4@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2523
Mailing Address: 
Room 3120, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Social justice and inequality
  • Crime and deviance
  • Policing and security
  • Social policy
  • Atlantic Canada
  • Canada

Cross appointment

  • International Development Studies


  • BA, St. Francis Xavier University
  • MA, Dalhousie University
  • PhD, University of Toronto

Research interests

Chris Murphy is a sociologist who teaches, does research and publishes work primarily on crime and criminal justice, policing and security and policy research. Over a long career he has published numerous academic articles, books chapters, and research reports, especially on policing topics such as: police change and reform, new models of policing and security, public and private policing, post 9/11 policing and security issues and research and policing policy.

Dr. Murphy has been involved with various government and public commissions of inquiry, policy advisory boards and police reform and change initiatives. He is currently researching and writing on current neoliberal police reform and change and academic knowledge transfer initiatives in the Canadian police community.

Selected publications

  • 2012  “Policing Policy in Canada: Post 9/11.” In K. Ismaili, J. Sprott  & K. Varma (Eds.), Canadian Criminal Justice Policy: A Contemporary Reader (pp. 1-20). Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • 2007  “'Securitizing’ Canadian Policing:  A New Policing Paradigm
    for the Post 9/11 Security State?” The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 32(4): 451-477.
  • Clarke, C. & Murphy, C. 2005  “Communities of Policing and Policing Communities: A Comparative Study of Policing in Two Urban Communities.” In D. Cooley (Ed.), Re-Imagining Policing in Canada (pp. 209-259). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 2004  “La ‘Sécuritisation’ du Community Policing Anglo-Américain.” Les Cahiers de la Sécurité Interieure, 55(1): 37-59.
  • 2002  “The Rationalization of Public Policing in Canada:  A Study of the Impact and Implications of Resource Limits and Market Strategies in Public Policing.”  Commissioned Report. Ottawa:  Police Futures Group and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. (58 pages).
  • 1998  “Policing Postmodern Canada.” Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 13(2): 1-25.