Doctor Ken Yates

Doctor Ken Yates

Lecturer in Criminology,
Anthropology & Sociology


Ken is a sociologist and criminologist interested in the intersections between deviance, criminality, health, harm reduction, and drug use. Ken's work draws upon a range of perspectives including Foucauldian biopolitics and governmentality, new materialist approaches, actor-network theory, science and technology studies, assemblage theory, psychotherapeutic perspectives, and political economy. 

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  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • MPASR Macquarie University
  • BA (Med & Comm) University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association (2017 - 2017)


  • Actor-network theory
  • Assemblage theory
  • Criminology
  • Deleuze
  • Drugs and Addiction
  • Foucault
  • Inequality
  • Poststructral theory
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Psychotherapy
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Science and technology studies
  • Sexuality
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Anthropology & Sociology



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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101562 Culture and Crime, 2019
  • CULT1007 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice, 2021
  • CULT2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs, 2021
  • CULT3024 Crime, Media, Culture, 2021


Chapters in Books

  • Grant, D. and Yates, K. (2017), 'Attitudes towards emerging technologies', Technology and the Trajectory of Myth, Edward Elgar Publishing 9781785369964.

Journal Articles

  • Yates, K. (2018), 'Wellbeing Machine: How Health Emerges from the Assemblages of Everyday Life', Health Sociology Review, vol 27, no 3 , pp 330 - 331.
  • Treloar, C., Rance, J., Yates, K. and Mao, L. (2016), 'Trust and people who inject drugs : the perspectives of clients and staff of Needle Syringe Programs', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol 27 , pp 138 - 145.
  • Treloar, C., Hopwood, M., Yates, K. and Mao, L. (2015), '"Doing the devil's work" : emotional labour and stigma in expanding Needle and Syringe Programs', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol 22, no 5 , pp 437 - 443.
  • Yates, K., Erofeyeff, M. and Gray, R. (2015), 'Professional accounts of effective interagency collaboration in child and family services', Communities, Children and Families Australia, vol 9, no 1 , pp 35 - 48.
  • Treloar, C., McLeod, R., Yates, K. and Mao, L. (2014), 'What's the cost of finding the right fit? : the cost of conducting NSP business in a range of modalities', Contemporary Drug Problems, vol 41, no 1 , pp 41 - 56.
  • Yates, K. (2014), 'Needles, syringes and stigma in Western Sydney', Human Rights Defender, vol 23, no 2 , pp 23 - 25.

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Scoping Report: Proposed Drug Consumption Rooms in Southwestern Sydney', Report
  • 2016, 'Western Sydney Needle and Syringe Program Study: A Report to Community', Report


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