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Institute of Criminology


The Nigel Walker Lecture series was inaugurated in 1997, and is named in honour of the Institute's second Director, Nigel Walker, who served as Wolfson Professor of Criminology from 1973 to 1984. This is an annual lecture given by an eminent criminologist.

The Nigel Walker Lecture

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Nigel Walker, who died on 13 September 2014, was the second Wolfson Professor of Criminology (1973-1984) at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of King’s College; he was also Director of the Institute of Criminology from 1973-1981. Prior to coming to Cambridge he was Reader in Criminology in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Nuffield College (1961- 1973); in Oxford he also founded the Penal Research Unit (now the Centre for Criminology).

Nigel Walker was a key figure in the development of criminology as an academic discipline in the United Kingdom. He also made distinguished research contributions, particularly in the fields of sentencing and of policy for mentally disordered offenders; and he is remembered by many former students as an outstanding teacher.



This lecture was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions


Dr Claudia García-Moreno  

Understanding and Addressing Violence Against Women as a Public Health Problem

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Professor Manuel Eisner

Creating More Peaceful Societies: Global Strategies to reduce Interpersonal Violence by 50% in 2040

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Professor Candace Kruttschnitt

Challenging a Gender Response Approach to Female Offending: Does the Empirical Research Bear Out this Perspective?

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Professor John Braithwaite

Restorative Justice: Niches in War Prevention, Crime Prevention


Professor Peter Reuter

Drug Policy and the Public Good: Legalization and its Limits

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Professor Adrian Raine

The Biological Roots of Crime: Implications for Society and Criminology

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Professor Susanne Karstedt

Global Hot Spots of Violence: Exploring the Paradox of State Strength and Weakness

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Professor Per-Olof Wikström

Breaking Rules: Exploring and explaining the causes of young people’s crime


Professor Richard E. Tremblay

Origins, Development and Prevention of Chronic Physical Aggression: From Criminology to Obstetrics and Epigenetics


Professor Alison Liebling

Distinctions and Distinctiveness in the Work of Prison Officers: Legitimacy and Authority Revisited


Professor Robert Sampson

The Immigration & Diversity Debate: Insight from Criminology


Professor Friedrich Lösel

Developmental Prevention and Offender Treatment: What Does the Evidence Show?


Professor David P Farrington

The Development of Offending and Antisocial Behaviour from Childhood to Adulthood


Professor Nicola Lacey

The Criminal Jurisprudence of H.L.A. Hart


Professor Franklin Zimring

Toward a Comparative Law and Criminology of Corruption


Professor Andrew von Hirsch

Penalising Offensive Behaviour


Professor Andrew Ashworth

Reassessing Robbery


Professor Anthony Duff

Crime, Prohibition, and Punishment


Professor Michael Tonry

Interactions between Crime Rates and Criminal Policies across Space and Time


Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms

Criminology and the Problem of Order


Professor Stanley Cohen

The Sociology of Denial: Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering


Professor David Garland

'Governmentality' and the Problem of Crime: Foucault, Criminology, Sociology