Dr Alex Dymock

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer
Department Law
Email A.Dymock (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Alex Dymock

My work explores the regulation of sexuality, criminal law and criminal justice, technologies and biopolitics, feminist and queer theory.

I joined Goldsmiths in 2019 from Royal Holloway, University of London, where I was a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Law.

My current research examines the intersection of gender, sexuality and cultures of drug use. This is the focus of a project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (https://sexandpsychedelics.squarespace.com) looking at how and why people use psychedelics to manage trauma related to sex in the context of a 'renaissance' of research into the benefits of legalising psychedelics as therapeutic medicines. Previously, I led a wide-ranging project on the past, present and future of sex on drugs, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teach Criminal Law and Tort on the LLB. I am also currently Director of Research for the Department of Law.

Teaching and Supervision

I have previously supervised PhDs in a range of areas, including the criminalisation of young people who 'sext'; HIV medicine use in Nigeria; sex, drugs and consent.

I currently co-supervise three PhD students:
Adam Morby (Politics), Adam Christianson (Sociology) and Amber Windsor (Sociology)


Publications and research outputs

Edited Journal

Lamble, Sarah; Serisier, Tanya; Dymock, Alex; Carr, Nicola; Downes, Julia and Boukli, Avi, eds. 2020. Special Issue: Queer Theory and Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, 20(5). 1748-8958

Book Section

Dymock, Alex. 2022. Queering psychedelic erotics: Encounters with the inhuman and nonhuman. In: Alex Belser; Clancy Cavnar and Beatriz C. Labate, eds. Queering Psychedelics: From Oppression to Liberation in Psychedelic Medicine. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Synergetic Press. ISBN 9781957869032

Dymock, Alex. 2020. Defending Pornography: The Case Against Strategic Essentialism. In: C. Ashford and A. Maine, eds. Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Edward Elgar, pp. 484-496. ISBN 9781788111140

Dymock, Alex. 2018. A Doubling of the Offence?: 'Extreme' Pornography and Cultural Harm. In: Avi Boukli and Justin Kotze, eds. Zemiology. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 165-182. ISBN 9783319763118

Dymock, Alex. 2018. Spectacular law and order: photography, social harm, and the production of ignorance. In: Alana Barton and Howard Davis, eds. Ignorance, Power and Harm: Agnotology and The Criminological Imagination. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 189-211. ISBN 978-3-319-97342-5

Dymock, Alex. 2017. Responding to sexual harms in communities: Who pays and who cares? In: Kitty Stryker, ed. Ask: Building Consent Culture. Portland, Oregon, USA: Thorntree Press. ISBN 978-1944934255


Moyle, Leah; Dymock, Alex; Aldridge, Alexandra and Mechen, Ben. 2020. Pharmacosex: Reimagining Sex, Drugs and Enhancement. International Journal of Drug Policy, 86, 102943. ISSN 0955-3959

Lamble, Sarah; Serisiers, Tanya; Dymock, Alex; Carr, Nicola; Downes, Julia and Boukli, Avi. 2020. Guest Editors' Introduction: Queer Theory and Criminology. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 20(5), pp. 504-509. ISSN 1748-8958

Dymock, Alex and Van Der Westhuizen, Charlotte. 2019. A dish served cold: targeting revenge in revenge pornography. Legal Studies, 39(3), pp. 361-377. ISSN 0261-3875

Dymock, Alex. 2018. Anti-communal, Anti-egalitarian, Anti-nurturing, Anti-loving: Sex and the 'Irredeemable' in Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon. Paragraph, 41(3), pp. 349-363. ISSN 0264-8334

Dymock, Alex. 2017. Prurience, punishment and the image: Reading ‘law-and-order pornography’. Theoretical Criminology, 21(2), pp. 209-224. ISSN 1362-4806

Dymock, Alex and Lodder, Matt. 2016. The Erotics of Injury: Remembering Operation Spanner Workshops 10th - 11th September 2015, University of Essex and Royal Holloway, University of London. Porn Studies, 3(3), pp. 320-323. ISSN 2326-8743

Dymock, Alex. 2014. Towards a Consent Culture: An Interview with Kitty Stryker. INSEP - Journal of the International Network of Sexual Ethics and Politics, 2(1), pp. 75-91. ISSN 2196-6931

Dymock, Alex. 2013. Flogging sexual transgression: Interrogating the costs of the 'Fifty Shades Effect'. Sexualities, 16(8), pp. 880-895. ISSN 1363-4607

Dymock, Alex. 2013. Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell. Journal of the International Network of Sexual Ethics and Politics, 1(1), pp. 91-93. ISSN 2196-6931

Dymock, Alex. 2012. But femsub is broken too!: On the normalisation of BDSM and the problem of pleasure. Psychology and Sexuality, 3(1), pp. 54-68. ISSN 1941-9899

Conference or Workshop Item

Cefai, Sarah; Dymock, Alex and Serisier, Tanya. 2022. 'Is Consent Good for Women? A Feminist Symposium on Consent Culture'. In: Is Consent Good for Women? A Feminist Symposium on Consent Culture. Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom 17 June 2022.


Kneale, Dylan; French, Robert; Spandler, Helen; Young, Ingrid; Purcell, Carrie; Boden, Zoë; Brown, Steven D.; Callwood, Dan; Carr, Sarah; Dymock, Alex; Eastham, Rachael; Gabb, Jacqui; Henley, Josie; Jones, Charlotte; McDermott, Elizabeth; Mkhwanazi, Nolwazi; Ravenhill, James; Reavey, Paula; Scott, Rachel; Smith, Clarissa; Smith, Matthew; Thomas, James and Tingay, Karen. 2019. Conducting sexualities research: an outline of emergent issues and case studies from ten Wellcome-funded projects. Discussion Paper. Wellcome Open Research.

Further profile content

Grants and awards

2021: The Sexual Politics of the Psychedelic Renaissance
British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant

2018: Pharmacosexuality: The Past, Present and Future of Sex on Drugs
Wellcome Trust Seed Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences

2022: Gender in online drug purchasing
SLSA Impact Grant

Research Supervision

I would be delighted to hear from potential MPhil/PhD candidates interested in pursuing doctoral study in the following areas:

  • Any area of criminal law or criminal justice (UK focus)
  • Sexuality and gender, and feminist and queer theory
  • Drug use and drug policy