Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice

We have an established international reputation for theoretically informed, policy focused, methodologically rigorous interdisciplinary research.


We are 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).

We hold regular workshops, seminars and feedback groups throughout the academic year. We have 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.

We have 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 and Claudia Hillebrand.

Academic staff

Stewart Field

Professor Stewart Field

Professor of Law

+44(0)29 2087 4363

Dr Adam Edwards


+44 29208 74174

Dr Claudia Hillebrand

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

+44 (0)29 2068 8962
Janna Verbruggen

Dr Janna Verbruggen

Lecturer in Criminology

+44 (0)29 2087 5401

Seminar with scholars from the Criminology Research Centre, Ryukoku University, Japan

23 March 2018

The Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice are proud to announce an exciting visit by colleagues from a new Criminological Research Centre in the Law School at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan between 21 and 23 March.

The highlight of the visit will be a seminar on Friday 23 March in Committee Room 1, Glamorgan Building at 10:30 with presentations on imprisonment, drug abuse and the new Research Centre at Ryukoku University. Please see below for further details.

The Significance of Ryukoku University's Criminology Research Centre in the Context of the Crime Situation in Japan

Dr. Kogawara, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Ryukoku University. Dr Kogawara's research addresses two topics: the legal effects of the victim’s consent in bodily harm and murder cases; and the medical treatments of death-row or lifetime prisoners.

She has undertaken research on euthanasia, death with dignity, physician-assisted suicide and organ transplants. She is currently developing research on medical treatments of terminally ill patients in prison.

Life imprisonment in Japan

Prof. Dr. Shinichi Ishizuka, Professor, Faculty of Law and Director of the Criminology Research Centre (CrimRC), Ryukoku University and President of the Japanese Association of Sociological Criminology.

Prof. Dr. Ishizuka has carried out research on prisoners’ rights, the politics of criminal law in Japan and in Germany, the death penalty and life imprisonment, and drug policy.

His books include: Paradigm Change of Criminal Policies: the criminal policy of the people, by the people and for the people (Tokyo: 1996); Changing Criminal Policies under the Social Rule of Law in Germany (Iwate: 1997); The Japanese Drug Court (Tokyo: 2003); Beyond the Drug Court (Tokyo: 2006).

The Strategies and Techniques of Drug Abuse Control in Japan

Dr. David Brewster, Postdoctoral Researcher, Criminology Research Centre (CrimRC), Ryukoku University.

Dr. Brewster studied Criminology at Cardiff University between 2007 and 2016. His PhD, entitled Comparing Cannabis Control in England & Wales and The Netherlands, analysed the policy-making processes in these countries.

Prior to working in Japan, he completed a postdoctoral research position with the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice in collaboration with IOM Cymru doing research on "youth-to-adult offender transitions" and held the position of Lecturer in Criminology at the University of the West of England. His current research examines and compares responses to drug abuse in Japan and the UK.

Security and Justice: the challenge of the transnational

A series of workshops were jointly organised by Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and Cardiff Centre of Law and Society

Past workshops


May 2017

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.

June 2017

Transnational Criminal Justice and International Institutions: The Law and Politics of Building and Dismantling Transnational Cooperation.

Workshop jointly organised by Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and Cardiff Centre of Law and Society.

Nov 2017

Emergent Technologies: The Transnational Challenge to Security and Justice

Workshop jointly organised by Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and Cardiff Centre of Law and Society.

For full programme and abstracts see our Research Gate Project.

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.

Seminar series

When / WhereSpeakers
Wednesday 7 February 2017
Law Building, room 1.29
Adam White (University of Sheffield)
Heroism in the Market for Security
Roxanna Fatemi-Dehaghani (LAWPL)
What – and who – is an ‘appropriate’ appropriate adult?
Wednesday 7 February 2017
Glamorgan Building, room 0.86
This is a joint event with the British Society of Criminology Wales Branch
Letizia Paoli (University of Leuven)
The centrality of harm to crime, criminal policy and the governance of security, and the potential contribution of harm assessment
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Glamorgan Building, room 0.85
Dennis Eady (LAWPL)
Justice in Crisis: What can student based miscarriage of justice projects offer in the current climate?
Phillipa Thomas (SOCSI)
The Punitive Turn - a logical explanation or speculative idealism? A critical realist approach
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Law Building, room 1.29
Robert McCabe (LAWPL)
Building criminal justice capacity in the western Indian Ocean region
Mike Coliandris (SOCSI)
Remote Control: The Emergence of Drones in Contemporary Policing in England and Wales
Wednesday 2 May 2018 
Glamorgan Building, room 0.85
Ruth Doubleday (SOCSI)
The Curious Case of the Punitive Prisoner
Simon Avery (SOCSI)
Making the right connections: organised crime as a chaotic concept
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Law Building, Room 1.28
Hava Dayan (University of Haifa)
Mysterious Murders and Circumstantial Convictions: The Case of ‘Concealed Femicide’
Joey Whitfield (MLANG)
The War on Drugs in Latin American Popular Culture

Past seminars

February 2017 The Politics of Penal Policy in England and Wales (Phillipa Thomas, School of Social Sciences)

A comparative analysis the violent victimization experiences of school and street-involved youth (Steven Cook, School of Social Sciences)
February 2017 Researching Urban Security Agendas in Europe (Marco Calaresu, Sassari University)

Modern technologies of an everyday drug dealer (Mark Berry, School of Social Sciences)
22 March 2017 What gives them the right? Understanding legitimacy within the context of Integrated Offender Management (Fred Cram, School of Law and Politics)

Ethnographically exploring the substance use of young homeless people (Jenny Hoolachan, School of Social Sciences)
17 May 2017Reforming drug prohibition laws: The rise and possible fall of a century old global regime. (Dr Renaud Colson, University of Nantes, France)
21 June 2017Critically exploring the governance of massage parlours in Cardiff: Promoting sex worker safety and wellbeing (Sam Hanks, School of Social Sciences)

The governmentality of local organised crime assessments (Simon Avery, School of Social Sciences)