Dr. Lloyd BELCHER
Lloyd currently holds the position of Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at The University of Hong Kong. His PhD research blended criminology and visual anthropology where he was able to draw upon his professional background as a photographer and filmmaker to use visual methods in studying drug use among the Nepalese community in Hong Kong. As part of the PhD output, Lloyd produced a documentary film and is currently in the process of submitting a number of articles for publication that have been generated by this extensive research.
To fund his PhD, Lloyd started my own freelance filming and photography business that resulted in a client base including National Geographic, Patagonia, Lonely Planet, The North Face, Sony and more. One of the more notable pieces of film work that Lloyd produced was ‘Mira’. This short film documented the journey of Mira Rai, a spirited Nepali village girl on her pursuit to being a world-recognised mountain runner. The film picked up a number of awards at various film festivals including the Grand Prize at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (2017), Prix du Dépassement de Soi at Les Diablerets International Film Festival (2016), Best Film in Mountain Culture at New Zealand Mountain Film Festival (2016) and was the Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (2016).
Lloyd’s prior academic experience includes holding lecturing positions at The University of York, The University of West London and The University of Hong Kong where he was mainly involved in delivering and leading courses focused on aspects of drug use, crime and research methodology. Before taking the plunge into academia, Lloyd worked in drug treatment and youth services in his home city of Hong Kong as well as prisons and homeless services in Taiwan and needle exchange services in addition to being responsible for implementing drug policy within local government in the United Kingdom.
Lloyd’s work primarily focuses on: drugs (using behaviour, markets, harm reduction); media (representations of crime and deviance); and visual methods (use of photography and motion film in the research of social issues such as drug use and crime).