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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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'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.