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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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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.