The Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice has an established international reputation for theoretically informed, policy focused, methodologically rigorous interdisciplinary research. The Centre is a collaboration between the Cardiff School of Social Sciences’ Crime and Justice Research Group and the Cardiff School of Law’s Procedural Justice Research Group. The Centre’s research programme consists of work in the following areas:
- Policing and the Governance of Security
- Community Safety and Crime Prevention
- Offending, Offender Management and Identities
- Transnational Crimes and their Regulation
- Courts & Access to Justice
- Comparative Criminal Justice
- Youth Justice & Family Law
- Restorative Justice
The Centre’s research programme has been funded by various Government departments, charitable foundations and other bodies including: the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, the Home Office, the National Assembly for Wales, the Ministry of Justice, and the Department of Constitutional Affairs. The Centre has established research and policy links at the local, national and international level. Members work closely with the Welsh Assembly Government, local authorities and charities as well as engaging with both national Government (Home Office and Ministry of Justice) and a number of European agencies (the Justice, Freedom and Security and the Research Directorates-General of the European Commission; and GERN - Groupe Européen de Recherches sur les Normativités: www.gern-cnrs.com/).
The Centre has a thriving research culture supporting the work of over 30 doctoral students. Students are actively encouraged to take part in the Centre’s activities and regularly present work in progress with academic staff at tri-weekly meetings. The Centre works closely with the British Society of Criminology (Wales branch).
- To conduct high quality empirical research into key local, national and international influences over crimes and their governance
- Within this, to work collaboratively to attract research funding from a range of sources in order to develop a programme of research projects that build upon our established reputation in particular fields
- To develop links with policy-makers and practitioners at the local, national and international level
- To combine a strong focus upon policy-relevant research with a significant contribution to key theoretical and policy debates within criminology, criminal justice and socio-legal studies.
- To build capacity in criminological research and teaching by including research students, post-docs and researchers in the work of the Centre and by promoting training and staff development.