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About the Institute of Criminology

The Institute of Criminology, at the University of Cambridge, has a worldwide reputation for excellence in both research and teaching. Founded by Sir Leon Radzinowicz in 1959, we were one of the first criminological institutes in Europe and have exerted a strong influence on the development of the discipline. Many of our academic staff are international leaders in their fields. Staff hail from multidisciplinary international backgrounds and their interests cover a broad range of topics, as you will see from their profile pages on this site. In recognition of their outstanding research, Cambridge criminologists have been awarded numerous prestigious international awards.

The Institute is also home to the Radzinowicz Library, which houses the most comprehensive criminology collection in the United Kingdom.

The Institute of Criminology, as with the University of Cambridge as a whole, is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

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BBC report on research that police patrols at Underground stations in London helps reduce crime

Jan 17, 2020

Research presented in a paper co-authored by Dr Barak Ariel (Institute of Criminology), Professor Lawrence Sherman (Institute of Criminology), and Mark Newton suggests that four 15-minute patrols per day at crime hot spots on the London Underground created a "phantom effect" lowering crime throughout the day.

The Reducing Crime podcast - Lawrence Sherman talks with Jerry Ratcliffe

Nov 19, 2019

Lawrence Sherman and Jerry Ratcliffe discuss the right questions to ask about algorithms in policing.