Alex Luscombe is a PhD student in the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, a Junior Fellow at Massey College, and a Researcher at the Centre for Access to Information and Justice at the University of Winnipeg. He specializes in the areas of policing, economic crime enforcement, and access to criminal justice data. With Dr. Alexander McClelland (University of Ottawa), he co-leads the Policing the Pandemic Mapping Project (www.policingthepandemic.ca), which tracks and publishes data about the policing of COVID-19. His dissertation research combines human and computational methods of data collection and analysis to examine police responses to money laundering, capital markets crime, and corporate bribery across Canada.
- Owusu-Bempah, Akwasi and Alex Luscombe. 2020. "Race, cannabis and the Canadian war on drugs: An examination of cannabis arrest data by race in five cities." International Journal of Drug Policy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0955395920302760
- Luscombe, Alex and Alexander McClelland. 2020. “Policing the Pandemic: Tracking the Policing of COVID-19 Across Canada.” SocArXiv. DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/9pn27
- Walby, Kevin and Alex Luscombe. 2020. “Freedom of Information Research and Cultural Studies: A Subterranean Affinity.” Cultural Studies ⇔Critical Methodologies (online first). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1532708620917421
- Walby, Kevin, Randy Lippert, and Alex Lusccombe. 2020. “Police Foundation Governance and Accountability: Corporate Interlocks and Private, Nonprofit Influence on Public Police.” Criminology & Criminal Justice 20(2): 131-149. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1748895818794225
- Walby, Kevin, and Alex Luscombe (eds). 2019. Freedom of Information and Social Science Research Design. New York: Routledge.
- Walby, Kevin, and Alex Luscombe. 2018. “Research Ethics and Freedom of Information Requests in Qualitative Research.” Research Ethics 14(4): 1-15.
- Luscombe, Alex. 2018. “Deception Declassified: The Social Organisation of Cover Storying in a Secret Intelligence Operation.” Sociology 52(2): 400-415.
- Walby, Kevin, Randy K. Lippert, and Alex Luscombe. 2017. “The Police Foundation’s Rise: Issues and Implications for Public Policing’s Dark Money.” The British Journal of Criminology 58(4): 824-844.
- Fridman, Daniel, and Alex Luscombe. 2017. “Gift-Giving, Disreputable Exchange, and the Management of Donations in a Police Department.” Social Forces 96(2): 507-528.
- Luscombe, Alex, and Kevin Walby. 2017. “Theorizing Freedom of Information: The Live Archive, Obfuscation, and Actor-Network Theory.” Government Information Quarterly 34(3): 379-387.
- Luscombe, Alex, Kevin Walby, and Randy K. Lippert. 2017. “Brokering Access Beyond the Border and in the Wild: Comparing Freedom of Information Experiences in Canada and the United States.” Law & Policy 39(3): 259-279.
- Walby, Kevin, and Alex Luscombe. 2017. “Criteria for Quality in Qualitative Inquiry and Use of Freedom of Information Requests in Social Research.” Qualitative research 17(5): 537-553.
- Walters, Walters, and Alex Luscombe. 2016. “Hannah Arendt and the Art of Secrecy; Or, the Fog of Cobra Mist.” International Political Sociology 11(1): 5-20.
In the Press
- Global News: PhD student Alex Luscombe comments on the cost of fines issued in COVID-19 enforcement in an article discussing the latest Policing the Pandemic enforcement report (April 14, 2020 – May 1, 2020)
- National Post: PhD student Alex Luscombe comments on the use of ticketing to enforce COVID-19 measures
- Montreal Gazette: PhD student Alex Luscombe co-authors opinion piece on why tickets and fines are unlikely to help against COVID-19
- Analysis on arrest statistics for cannabis possession by PhD student Alex Luscombe and CrimSL PhD grad Akwasi Owusu-Bempah published in Vice News has been referenced in the recent parliamentary report on Bill C-93
- PhD student Alex Luscombe and CrimSL PhD grad Akwasi Owusu-Bempah pen opinion piece on why legalization won’t change racial disparities in cannabis arrests
- PhD Student Alex Luscombe speaks about using Access to Information (ATI) and Freedom of Information (FOI) requests as data sources