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Dick Hobbs came late to academia, having worked as an office boy, labourer, dustman and schoolteacher.
He trained as a sociologist at the LSE and the University of Surrey before working at the Universities of Oxford and Durham, where he held chairs in both Sociology and Law.
He was professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics (2005-11) before taking a post in the Sociology Department at Essex University (2011-14), where he was professor of sociology and director of the Criminology Centre.
Dick Hobbs is currently working on an ESRC-funded project looking at female doorstaff in the night-time economy, and an EEC funded project on organised crime.