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2 Dec 2016

IoC Director Announces Winner of 2017 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

Cambridge Institute of Criminology Director Lawrence W. Sherman has announced that Professor Richard E. Tremblay of the Universite de Montreal is the winner of the 2017 Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Professor Tremblay's work, spanning four decades and more than 500 publications, began in Montreal and continues today in Paris and Dublin. In a life of pioneering scholarship, he has developed basic science connections between biological, family and social factors in human development and combined this research with rigorous tests of policies that may alter these factors to reduce crime and violence. For further information please visit the Stockholm Prize in Criminology website.

Professor Sherman made the announcement via video-link from Australia at 2 minutes 17 seconds into the video on the Prize website, which begins with welcoming remarks in Swedish. Sherman's detailed explanation of the scientific basis of the Prize is then followed by a live interview with Prize-Winner Tremblay, conducted by Professor Jerzy Sarnecki of the University of Stockholm, the co-chair with Professor Sherman of the International Prize Jury.

2 Dec 2016

System failing to prevent deaths post-detention

Poor access to health care and confusion over post-detention care may have contributed to more than 400 deaths following police custody and prison detention since 2009, a new report has claimed.

See more: Here

10 Nov 2016

The Criminology course opening the door to education for prisoners

The success of the University of Cambridge's criminology course for students and prison inmates has spawned a flurry of similar initiatives

See more: Here

30 Sept 2016

Police body cameras 'cut complaints against officers'

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31 Aug 2016

Professors Alison Liebling and Anthony Bottoms Appear on Radio 4 Special

Find out more here

24 Jun 2016

Public Engagement Award

Drs Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong have received an award from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in recognition of their excellent work in public engagement.


10 Nov 2015

Prison Practitioners and Academics ‘Learn Together’

Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow hosted a roundtable at the Faculty that was attended by approximately 50 prison practitioners and academics from universities across the UK. The aim of the event was to explore how universities and prisons might connect to reap the transformative potential of education through Learning Together; an initiative created by Ruth and Amy whereby students in prison and in university come together to learn with each other in the prison environment. Read the Full story.

1 Jul 2015

New national research led by Amy Ludlow published on prison suicide.

To inform Lord Harris's Review into Self-inflicted Deaths (SID) amongst 18-24 year olds held in National Offender Management Service custody, researchers from the Faculty of Law and the Prisons Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, in partnership with RAND Europe, were commissioned to study staff experience, knowledge and views relating to the identification, management and prevention of self-inflicted deaths (SID) in prison.
Read the full story

24 Feb 2015

Police use of force: White House told US must learn from UK.

The University of Cambridge's Director of the Institute of Criminology Professor Lawrence Sherman tells White House task force that translating UK models of policing to US is the best hope in a generation for tackling dangerous rates of ‘justifiable’ homicides committed by US police, and the resultant haemorrhaging of police legitimacy across the nation.
Read the article in the Independent.

Watch the Testimony

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13 Oct 2014

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe becomes a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy is delighted to announce that it has conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences on 34 leading social scientists, including Professor Paul Boyle, now VC of the University of Leicester; Lord Best OBE, President of the LGA; Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, President of the British Society of Criminology; and Rt Hon David Willetts MP, newly announced as Visiting Professor at Kings College London. View the full list here.


15 Oct 2013

2013 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award

Professor David Farrington has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award by the 2013 American Society of Criminology's Division of International Criminology Awards Committee. The award is scheduled to be presented on November 22, 2013 at the Division's Awards Reception during the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta.

30 Sept 2013

Dr David Thomas QC (1938-2013)

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr David Thomas QC (1938-2013), a member of the academic staff of the Institute for over thirty years (1971-2003).
Recruited from the LSE soon after the publication of his path-breaking book Principles of Sentencing (1970), David Thomas was the first lawyer to be appointed to the Institute's staff. His outstanding achievement was in the building of bridges between academy and the practical world of courts and judges. In the 1970s his pioneering research work on the sentencing policy and practice of the Court of Appeal led to the first systematic exposition of sentencing law in England and Wales. There followed many invitations to participate in conferences and then training for judges in this sphere of work, which in turn led on to David's magnum opus, Current Sentencing Practice, which in various editions has been in daily use in the Crown Court for many years.
Sir Igor Judge, the Lord Chief Justice said of David, " he revolutionised the approach of courts in this country to sentencing. It has been a remarkable achievement, the product of an intensely inquiring mind... all accompanied by a lively wit and warm good humour."
Within the Institute he was a real team player, who took a full role in teaching and administration, and had a particular and much valued interest in the welfare of support staff. He was also an active Fellow of Trinity Hall (since 1971).
Our thoughts are with his wife, Margaret, and his family at this sad time.
An obituary appeared in The Guardian:

26 Sept 2013

Professor Lawrence Sherman awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Social Science

Professor Lawrence Sherman is awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Social Science from the University of Stockholm and the ASC Division of Experimental Criminology Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award on the 27th September, of which Professor David Farrington was the first recipient in 2010. See the event, or Read more

25 Jun 2013

Privatising Probation

Privatising Probation: The Death Knell of a Much-Cherished Public Service? 16th Annual Bill McWilliams Memorial Lecture with speaker: Professor Paul Senior available to view online

First University Lecturer in Evidence-Based Policing

Dr Barak Ariel has been appointed to the Institute of Criminology on a long-term basis as the University’s first departmental Lecturer in Evidence-Based Policing.


17 Sept 2012

New report for Howard League for Penal Reform

On Monday 17 September the Howard League for Penal Reform published a study completed by Loraine Gelsthorpe, Nicola Padfield and Jake Phillips on Deaths on Probation: an analysis of data regarding people dying under probation supervision.

The full report is available on

This is a relatively new area in terms of research as only limited information about these deaths is routinely put into the public domain. The report highlights the need for much more to be known about the circumstances surrounding these deaths, both the deaths of those serving community orders and those on license from prison.

2 Jul 2012

Stockholm Prize in Criminology Awarded to David Farrington

Breaking Rules Book Cover The recent publication of 'Breaking Rules: The Social and Situational Dynamics of Young People's Urban Crime', a book about the first five years of Professor Per-Olof Wikström's PADS+, sparked media interest in the study and its findings. This included interviews on the 6th of July 2012 with three of the authors; Dietrich Oberwittler, Kyle Treiber, and Beth Hardie on BBC World news, BBC Breakfast, and BBC Local Radio respectively.

PADS+ and 'Breaking Rules' have also been the subject of a number of print and internet media articles, including when PADS+ research manager Beth Hardie was interviewed for an article in The Independent (24th June 2012) which was subsequently reviewed on BBC Breakfast (24th June 2012), and research associate Kyle Treiber contributed a piece to The Huffington Post (2nd July 2012).
'Breaking Rules' is available from Oxford University Press.
PADS+ Research manager Beth Hardie was interviewed about the findings published in 'Breaking Rules: The social and situational dynamics of young people's urban crime' on Radio 4’s 'Thinking Allowed' on 15th August. Listen to the broadcast.


Summer 2011



  • Professor King  has now retired, but will continue in the Institute as an Honorary Research Fellow from 1 March 2011 for 3 years.

  • Dr Ben Crewe was appointed to the post Director of the MSt Penology Programme and Deputy Director to the Prison Research Centre from 1 February 2011.

  • Dr Justice Tankebe was appointed as a Teaching Associate to the MSt Police Programme from 1 July 2011.

  • Professor Manuel Eisner will be on sabbatical during the Michaelmas 2011 and Lent 2012 terms.

Awards and Honours and other Appointments:

  • Professor Lawrence Sherman has been awarded the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Medal form the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), from 1st November 2011

  • Professor Eisner has been elected as the recipient of the 2011 Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology. The award acknowledges criminological scholarship on problems of crime and justice manifested outside the United States.

  • Loraine Gelsthorpe FRSA, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the M.Phil Programme in the Institute of Criminology, and Fellow of Pembroke College, has been elected President of the British Society of Criminology. The election was at the British Society of Criminology annual conference held last week (at Northumbria University this year).

  • Professors Farrington and Lösel have been awarded Honorary Professorships by the Zhejiang Police College in Hangzhou and the Delinquency and Drug Research Centre of the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chonqing, China.
  • Professor P-O Wikström has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Social Events and Other:

  • Criminology for all seasons - 50th Anniversary of the first diploma in Criminology



Spring 2010

Events News

  • On Thursday 13th May, Professor Stephen Woods, visiting from Australia, will give the Thursday evening seminar on Psychopathy - Personality Disorder or Different Species
  • The 2010 Nigel Walker Lecture will be given by Professor Alison Liebling on 26th May at 6pm: Distinctions and Distinctiveness in the Work of Prison Officers: Legitimacy & Authority Revisited
  • The 3rd International Evidence Based Policing Conference took place on 5th - 7th July 2010. View the presentations HERE.

Staff News

  • Dr. Heather Strang has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Police Executive Programme with effect from 15th March 2010.
  • From 3rd May 2010, Dr. Liz Hales  has been appointed to work on the ESRC funded project 'The Criminalisation of migrant Women' as Co-investigator. Professor Gelsthorpe will be Principal Investigator on the project.
  • Dr. Joseph Murray has been successful in winning a five year Fellowship with the Wellcome Trust, based in the Department of Psychiatry.
  • Dr. Adrian Grounds will retire at the end of April 2010, but will continue as the Director of the MPhil programme until September 2010.
  • Professor Friedrich Lösel is on sabbatical for the Easter Term 2010.
  • Professor Alison Liebling will be on sabbatical during the Michaelmas 2010 and Easter 2011 terms. Professor David Farrington will take over as Director of the PhD Programme for 2010-11.
  • Dr. Mandeep Dhami  has been selected as one of the advisors to the Sentencing Council for England and Wales.

Awards, Honours & Other Appointments

  • Jake Phillips  (Ph.D. Student) has won the Brian Williams Memorial Prize (part of the British Journal for Community Justice) with a paper on the Social Construction of Probation in England and Wales, which will be published later this summer.
  • Alexandra Cox  (PhD student) has been awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in the USA, a foundation run by George Soros. Alexandra’s project is to develop and implement research and protocols for discovering and improving relationships between youth and staff in juvenile facilities, and thereby increasing the likelihood of positive outcomes for incarcerated youth.
  • Leon Digard (PhD student) will be taking up the post of Research Associate with the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, working in their Centre for Sentencing and Corrections, starting in June.
  • Dr. Maria Ttofi, Leverhulme & Newton Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, has been awarded a non-stipendiary fellowship at Wolfson College.


November 2009

Staff News

  • Dr. Adrian Grounds has been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow for three years from 1st May 2010
  • Dr. Gareth Hughes' appointment as an Honorary Research Fellow has been extended for a further three years to 30th September 2012
  • Dr. Joseph Murray has been promoted to Senior Research Associate

Awards & Honours

  • Dr. Loraine Gelsthorpe has been awarded an ESRC grant for a project entitled The Criminalisation of Migrant Women
  • Dr. Joseph Murray has been awarded research funding from the Nuffield Foundation for a project entitled Effects of Parental Imprisonment on Boy's Delinquent Development and Mental Health
  • Victor Lissack Award & Victor Lissack Award Winners

October 2009

Events News

Anniversary Conference 24th September 2009

On Thursday September 24th 2009 we held a one day conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institute, looking at the history and current work.

Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University, opened the event along with Professor David Ibbetson, Chair of the Law Faculty, andProfessor Friedrich Lösel, Institute Director. Professor Roger Hood (Oxford) gave the opening address on the historical perspective, and the closing speech was given by Professor Paul Wiles, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government. The remainder of the programme was presented by senior academics of the Institute and covered three main themes: Policing, Prisons and Punishment (Legitimacy), Prevention and Treatment, and Crime and Modern Communitees. Visitors included former directors such as Donald West, director of the British Societyof Criminology, Dr. Anne Brunton, and donors to the Institute Jack and Mary Wakefield; but with over 280 guests we can only mention a handful of names.

At the conference the Institute's anniversary book, Challenging Crime: a Portrait of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology was launched and copies are available from the Institute or the publisher Third Millenium.

Staff News

Awards & Honours

  • Recent Ph.D. student, Kofi Boakye, has won the Betty Behrens Research Fellowship from Clare Hall from 1 October 2009 for three years.
  • Recent Ph.D. student, Maria Ttofi, has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1 October 2009 for three years.



The 2nd International Conference on Evidence-Based Policing takes place 1-3 July 2009 at Murray Edwards College.

Staff News

  • Dr. Manuel Eisner will become a Professor with effect from 1 October 2009.
  • Dr. Katrin Müller-Johnson, Lecturer in Applied Criminology is currently on maternity leave.
    • Leaving:

      • Sarah van Mastrigt, Postdoctoral Fellow, is leaving at the end of June to become an assistant professor in the department of Psychology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
      • Professor Joanna Shapland has now completed her time as a Visiting Fellow.

      New Additions:

      • Lucy Markson and Karen Souza Souza as Research Assistants on the Ormiston Project.
      • Professor Ronald Francis as a Visiting Fellow until the end of September

      Awards, Honours & Research Grants

    • Professor Lawrence Sherman has been awarded the 2009 Thorsten Sellin Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
    • Dr. Loraine Gelsthorpe has been elected a Fellow to the Royal Society of Arts - for her ‘distinguished contribution to criminal justice’.
    • Professor Alison Liebling has been awarded over £600,000 from NOMS over 3 years from 1 Oct 2009 - 30 Sept 2012.
    • Professor David Farrington has received a grant of £24,000 from the Barrow Cadbury Trust for work on the Cambridge Study.
    • Kofi Boakye  has won the Betty Behrens Research Fellowship from Clare Hall from 1 October 2009 for three years.
    • Maria Ttofi has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Postdoctoral Fellowship for 3 years.