Research Topics in Criminology

The Institute is highly productive in terms of its academic research. It houses five active research centres: the Prisons Research Centre, the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+, previously part of SCoPiC), the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics, the Violence Research Centre and the Centre for Community, gender and Social Justice.

In addition to the research centres and projects, our lecturers all have their own subject specialities and research interests. These combine to bring teaching to life and to keep the Institute of Criminology at the forefront of much world research. Staff research topics include the development of criminal careers, sentencing, intermediate sanctions, mentally disordered offenders, the psychological effects of wrongful imprisonment, race and gender issues in criminal justice, the reintegration of ex-prisoners, youth justice systems, suicide in prisons, sex offenders, legal decision making, the effects of social and urban change on crime, and paternalism in criminal law. Full details can be found on members' individual pages.

Current Research Projects

Principal Investigator Research Project Sponsor
Dr Ben Crewe

Experiencing very long term imprisonment from young adulthood: identity, adaptation and penal legitimacy.


Professor Manuel Eisner

The Zurich Project on the social development of children and youth.

The Jacobs Foundation

Professor David Farrington

Cambridge study in delinquent development: Third generation follow-up.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Rayne Foundation

Leverhulme Emeritus Professorship

Leverhulme Trust

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

The Criminalisation of Migrant Women


Reunite follow-up and analysis.

Commonweal Housing Trust

Professor Alison Liebling

Prisons Research Centre

National Offender Management Service (NOMS)

Dr. Maria Ttofi

Why do children at risk not become offenders?

The Leverhulme Trust & The Isaac Newton trust

Protective Factors that Interrupt the Continuity from School Bullying to Anti-Social Behaviour and
Offending later in Life: Implications for Prevention and Treatment

The Isaac Newton Trust and the Jacobs Foundation

Professor Per-Olof Wikström

Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+)