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Research Profile

Prof Gordon Hughes 

Professor Gordon Hughes
Position:Chair in Criminology
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 79055
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74175
Address:1.20, Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

  • Comparative developments in local crime control, urban security and public safety;
  • Urban security management in Europe;
  • Devolution and trends in crime control, crime prevention and community safety across the UK;
  • Sociological theory and the production of criminological knowledge;
  • Crime and social policy;
  • Expertise, political agency and community governance;
  • The politics of crime, disorder and community;

Current and Forthcoming Research and Projects

  • Director of the Cardiff Research Team, ‘Project URBIS: Urban Manager for Security, Safety and Crisis Management’.  92012-ongoing, Euro 500000). Project number: 518620-LLP-1-2011-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
  • Director,  RSPCA project ‘”Status dogs”, young people and criminalisation: towards a preventative approach’ (2010-11, £26000 RSPCA funding.  With Dr Jenny Maher (University of Glamorgan) and Claire Lawson (RSPCA)
  • Director, ‘Evaluation of the Safer Communities Fund 2006-9’ (2008-2009, £115000 Welsh Assembly Government funding) . With Adam Edwards, Stephen Case and Kevin Haines (Swansea University) and Mark Liddle, Alison Smith and Sam Wright (ARCS Ltd). Report available as SOCSI Working Paper 126 and 127 (Welsh language version).
  • Co-researcher, ‘The role of the community safety officer in Wales (2007-8, £4000 WACSO funding.  With Adam Edwards and Jasmin Tregidga. Report available as SOCSI Working Paper 104.
  • Co-director of ESRC funded seminar series ‘Rethinking community policing in an age of diversity’ (2005-6, £16 000 ESRC funding.  With Michael Rowe, formerly University of Leicester);
  • Member of EU funded research project, DOMUS: safe city policies in European cities (2004-5, 50000 Euros)
  • Safer Clubbing and Pubbing in Milton Keynes: an evaluation of the drug and alcohol strategy (2002, £30000 Home Office/Milton Keynes Council);
  • Consultant to Australian Research Council Linkage project ‘Assessment of Local Community Safety and Crime Prevention Roles in Victoria’ (2003-4);
  • Anti-social behaviour and community safety in the UK (ongoing participant observation/action research with National Community Safety Network, 2005- present).


Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (Director)

Crime and Justice Research Theme

Status dogs, young people and criminalisation: towards a preventative strategy - Report Page