Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice

The Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice has an established international reputation for theoretically informed, policy focused, methodologically rigorous interdisciplinary research.

This joint venture draws together colleagues from the School of Social Sciences (mainly those with an interest in criminology) and the School of Law and Politics (mainly those with an interest in criminal justice and security studies).

It has a broad research programme, with members actively exploring a range of topics relating to the relations between crime, security and justice.

The Centre has established links at the local, national and international level. Members work in collaboration with local authorities, third sector agencies, the Welsh Government, Home Office and Ministry of Justice, as well as a number of European agencies.

The Centre is directed by Professor Stewart Field, Adam Edwards, Christian Buege, Claudia Hillebrand.

Academic staff

Christian Buerger

Dr Christian Bueger

Reader in International Relations

+44(0)29 2087 4564

Dr Adam Edwards


+44 29208 74174

Professor Stewart Field

Professor of Law

+44(0)29 2087 4363

Dr Claudia Hillebrand

Senior Lecturer in International Relations


Research seminars are held every three weeks during the academic year, providing a supportive environment for doctoral students and academic staff to present and constructively discuss their work. Additional opportunities for members to receive tailored feedback are provided via Feedback Groups; members can submit draft papers to select individuals for comprehensive and detailed review.

Further seminars are run in partnership with the Welsh branch of the British Society of Criminology and additional social and strategic events are hosted throughout the year. In particular, this academic year four workshops are taking place in partnership with the Centre for Law and Society (School of Law and Politics) exploring transnational aspects of the relationship between security and justice.

Upcoming seminars

1 February 17
The Politics of Penal Policy in England and Wales (Phillipa Thomas - SOCSI).

A comparative analysis the violent victimization experiences of school and street-involved youth (Steven Cook - SOCSI).
Law Building
Room 1.29
22 February 17
Researching Urban Security Agendas in Europe (Marco Calaresu - Sassari University).

Modern technologies of an everyday drug dealer (Mark Berry - SOCSI)
Glamorgan building
Room -1.62
22 March 17
What gives them the right? Understanding legitimacy within the context of Integrated Offender Management (Fred Cram - LAWPL)

Ethnographically exploring the substance use of young homeless people (Jenny Hoolachan - SOCSI)
Law Building
Room 1.28