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Claire Lawson

Research student, School of Social Sciences


Claire is currently pursuing a PhD in criminology, part-time.

Claire has been studying and working in the political sphere in Wales for over 20 years and has been the External Affairs Manager for the RSPCA since 1999. In order to develop social research skills to better design public and political campaigns around behaviour change, as well as gain an understanding of the aetiology of criminal activity surrounding animal cruelty, she has completed a Masters in Criminology at Cardiff University. Current research projects as well as the PhD focus specifically on the nascent topic of animals within criminology.

Professional memberships

  • Student member of the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs


Research interests

  • Plural policing specifically in terms of animal cruelty.
  • The use and abuse of animals in society.
  • State and NGO responses to the problem of 'dangerous' and 'status' dogs.


'Hoodies', 'Hounds' and Harm Reduction: A criminological study

This research will examine the programmes and responses by the UK state and welfare agencies designed to tackle the emerging phenomena of the use of dogs in anti-social and criminal behaviour, which will include an appraisal of contemporary issues in the USA.