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.


The Centre is a joint venture drawing 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 around the relations between crime, security and justice. Key areas of research interest include:

  • urban security and community safety
  • sexual and domestic violence and hate crime
  • corporate and white-collar crime
  • organised crime and terrorism
  • criminal law and criminal justice process
  • youth justice
  • policing
  • night-time economy
  • drug policy
  • life-course criminology and desistance
  • prisoner resettlement and offender management
  • emergent technologies and crime including cyber crime.

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.

Research seminars and feedback groups

Research seminars (listed under the events tab) 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.

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

Best practice in security and justice: from cross-cultural explanation to transnational prescription?
Workshop jointly organised by Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and Cardiff Centre of Law and Society
Cardiff Law School 15th and 16th May 2017
Law Building, Rooms 1.28 and 1.29
For full programme and abstracts see our Research Gate Project

Academic staff

Christian Buerger

Dr Christian Bueger

Reader in International Relations

+44(0)29 2087 4564

Dr Adam Edwards


+44 29208 74174
Stewart Field

Professor Stewart Field

Professor of Law

+44(0)29 2087 4363

Dr Claudia Hillebrand

Senior Lecturer in International Relations


Past 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