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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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'Murder map’ reveals medieval London’s meanest streets

Nov 28, 2018

University of Cambridge criminologist Professor Manuel Eisner has plotted all cases of murder from the surviving rolls – covering the years 1300 to 1340 – onto a digital map of the old city to show for the first time the ‘hot spots’ of lethal violence in medieval London. First digital map of 142 murders recorded by city coroner in early 1300s shows Cheapside and Cornhill were homicide ‘hot spots’, and Sundays held highest risk of violent death for medieval Londoners.

safeguarding children in the secure estate

Oct 18, 2018

History shows abuse of children in custody will remain an ‘inherent risk’ – report

Justice Service

Oct 12, 2018

In glorious autumn sunshine, the centre of Cambridge came to a standstill on Sunday morning to allow a huge procession from Trinity College to Great St Mary’s Church. The occasion was a service to celebrate and commemorate all those involved in preserving law and order and delivering justice in the county.

12th International Conference on Evidence Based Policing

Oct 09, 2018

The Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge in association with the Society for Evidence Based Policing presents the 12th International Conference on Evidence Based Policing.