Hijacking Banksy: using a contemporary art mystery to increase academic readership

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In this article I examine the methodological and ethical rigor of a geographic profiling study and resulting article, published in 2016 in "Journal of Spatial Science", which identifies by name a candidate for being the artist known as Banksy.

I demonstrate that the article is characterized by a number of methodological flaws which fundamentally undermine the researchers’ basis for determining Banksy’s identity.

On this background I argue that the researchers’ decision to include a specific name in the article is ethically problematic.


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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Art History
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • street art, street art world, graffiti, Banksy, street art studies, research ethics, geographic profiling, criminology, gadekunst, art, art history
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalStreet Art & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec
Publication categoryResearch

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