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Research Profile

Prof Gordon Hughes 

Career Profile

Gordon joined Cardiff Univeristy in 2006 as Chair in Criminology.  He was previously a Professor in Criminology at The Open University. 

Gordon is a member of the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice. The research programme builds upon existing methodological and research capacity in the Schools of Social Sciences and Law.

Memberships / External Activities

  • Member of the ESRC Review College
  • Member of the Management Board of the Welsh Research Centre for Crime and Social Justice.
  • Co-editor of Criminology and Criminal Justice  (2007-12)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology and Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Past member of the editorial board of Social and Legal Studies.
  • Co-opted Director (Academic) of the UK practitioner network, National Community Safety Network
  • Co-Director of the European Society of Criminology working group, the European Governance of Public Safety Research Network (EUGPSRN) (2003-8)
  • Member of the Home Office Crime and Disorder Act Review Team (2005-6)
  • Plenary speaker at academic and professional conferences across Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Visiting research fellow, Department of Criminology, University of Melbourne (2003-4).

Teaching Profile

  • Undergraduate and Masters level- Programme leader of the BSc Criminology (Single Honours) launched in 2007. Convenor of Year 1 module The Criminological Imagination (2007-12) and co-convenor of Foundations of Contemporary Criminology (2012-).  My other areas of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate include:
    • theory and method in contemporary criminology;
    • sociology of crime and control;
    • comparative crime control and public safety strategies;
    • politics of community, disorder and crime;
    • community safety and youth justice.
  • Doctoral level - supervision of postgraduate students in the substantive areas of community safety, crime prevention, youth justice, comparative governance of crime and disorder, urban regeneration and crime, policy transfer in crime control policy and practice, and criminological expertise  and public social science.  There are currently opportunities for exceptional students to join the team of PhD students in the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice on issues relating to crime control and policing.  Anyone interested in undertaking doctoral and postdoctoral research, please contact me at