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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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Upcoming events

Refugee Week: You, me and those who came before. Exhibition and Morning Tea

Jun 22, 2019

B4, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

The Families and Imprisonment Research Conference 2019

Jun 25, 2019

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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.

Dr Heather Strang Appointed As AEC President

Mar 07, 2019

Dr Heather Strang has been chosen to serve in 2019-2021 as the President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, the international learned society founded in 1998 that sponsors the JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL CRIMINOLOGY as its official journal.

Date Confirmed for the Families and Imprisonment Research Conference 2019

Feb 25, 2019

The Families and Imprisonment Research Conference 2019 will take place on Tuesday 25th June. The conference will present key findings from the FAIR Study, alongside a range of expert contributors to the field of families and imprisonment.

'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