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Research Topics in Criminology

The Institute is highly productive in terms of its academic research. It hosts six active research centres: the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology, the Centre for Analytical Criminology (Peterborough adolescent & Young Adult Study), the Centre for Penal Theory and Ethics, the Prisons Research Centre, the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice, and the Violence Research Centre.

In addition to pursuing research projects and other activities through the research centres, academic staff 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 research and involved in world-level debates.  Research topics include the development of criminal careers, the early development of problematic behaviour, the impact of bullying,  legitimacy in criminal justice processing of offenders and victims, sentencing , intermediate sanctions, mentally disordered offenders, human trafficking and smuggling, the psychological effects of wrongful imprisonment, the impact of imprisonment on families, race and gender issues in criminal justice, the reintegration of ex-prisoners, youth justice systems, suicide in prisons, suicide under supervision, pathways out of crime (including desistance), legal decision making, the effects of social and urban change on crime, and learning and teaching with offenders. Full details can be found on individual Academic staff pages.

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IoC Sunken Garden Mural

Jul 26, 2019

The Mural was commissioned to mark the Institute Of Criminology’s 60th Anniversary since it was established by Professor Radzinowicz in 1959.

UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Jul 11, 2019

We were delighted to welcome Professor Ann Skelton to the Institute on Wednesday July 10th. Ann holds the UNESCO Chair in Education Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria and is a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

'Can Computer Files Cut Crime?'

Jun 24, 2019

David Edmonds examines how algorithms are used in our criminal justice system, from predicting future crime to helping decide who does and doesn’t go to prison.

Merete Konnerup Awarded the 2019 Sir Robert Peel Medal

Jun 24, 2019

The 2019 Sir Robert Peel Medal will be awarded by Cambridge University’s Police Executive Programme to Merete Konnerup of the University College of Copenhagen. The Sir Robert Peel Medal is awarded annually for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence-Based Policing.

The Institute of Criminology Features In Research Horizons

Mar 11, 2019

The latest issue of Research Horizons focuses on research linked with our local region, the East of England. It introduces many of outstanding research and outreach activities carried out by our very own Institute of Criminology’s academics. We hope you will particularly enjoy this edition of Research Horizons.