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Dr Adam Edwards


School of Social Sciences

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 I have a keen interest in collaborative and inter-disciplinary research including work with lawyers, political scientists, computer scientists and sociologists interested in the impact of emergent technologies, such as social media and advanced robotics, on issues of law, governance and regulation in relation to problems of crime, security and justice. I also have a track record of research on the politics of security in European city-regions and on the organisation of serious crimes.

Honours and awards

  • Member of The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies: 2016+
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University: 2016 – 2017
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley: February – August 2016
  • Editor of the Routledge Research Series on Crime, Security and Justice, 2016 – present.
  • Appointed external reviewer for the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), 2015 - present.
  • Appointed external reviewer for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2015 - present.
  • Appointed expert referee for the International Post-Doctoral Programme at Bordeaux University, France. 2015
  • Regional editor of the European Journal of Policing Studies, 2012-present
  • Editor of the journal Policing and Society, 2011 - 2014
  • Associate Board member of Sociology, 2010 – 2013

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR)
  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform

Academic positions

  • Reader in Politics and Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University: August 2015 - present.
  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University: Aug. 2009 – July 2015.
  • Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University:  Sept. 2004 – July 2009.
  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University: May 2000 – Sept. 2004.
  • Lecturer in Politics and Criminology, University of Leicester: Oct. 1997 – April 2000.
  • Researcher, Scarman Centre, University of Leicester: Mar. 1994 – Sept. 1997.

Speaking engagements

  • 2016: Sub-plenary address, European Group for Organizational Studies, University of Naples Frederico II, Italy, July 2016
  • 2015: Guest lecturer, MSc Crisis and Security Management, University of Leiden, November 2015
  • 2014: Presenter at workshop on ‘Security and Governance’ organised by the Centre for British Studies, Institute fo European Studies, University of California at Berkley, December 2014
  • 2014: Plenary speaker, Flemish Centre for Police Studies Annual Meeting, Ghent University, November 2014
  • 2013: Plenary speaker at launch event of COSMOS platform (Mark I), British Academy, July 2013
  • 2013: Plenary speaker at the inaugural seminar of the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Symposium on ‘What is Justice?’, London, May 2013
  • 2013: Staff seminar, postgraduate seminar and undergraduate lecture programme at the School of Journalism and Communications, University of Queensland, Brisbane, April 2013
  • 2013: Staff seminar at the Centre for Criminal Justice Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, April 2013
  • 2013: Plenary speaker at the Irish Presidency meeting of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN), Dublin, March 2013
  • 2012: Plenary speaker at the Flemish Centre for Police Studies and the Dutch Foundation for Society, Security and Police, special conference on ‘Tides and Currents in Contemporary Policing’, Deinze (near Ghent), December 2012
  • 2012: Plenary speaker, National Centre for Social Research, ‘Blurring the Boundaries – New Social Media, New Social Science’ event, Royal Institute of British Architecture, May 2012.
  • 2011: Lecture programme on the organisation of serious crime, Chinese People’s Public Security University, Beijing, September 2011.

Committees and reviewing

Cardiff University

  • Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (2016/17 – present)
  • Deputy Director Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (2014/15 – present)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (2014/15)
  • Cardiff University Pathway Leader for Criminology, Wales Doctoral Training Centre (2014/15)
  • Programme Leader, MSc Crime, Safety and Justice, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (2014/15)
  • Director, Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (2010/11 – 2013/14)
  • Research Committee member, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (2011/12 – 2013/14)
  • Research Committee member, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (2011/12 – 2013/14)
  • Director of the Professional Doctorate Programme Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (2008/9 – 2010/11)


  • Co-Director, The Sociology of Social Control in European Metropolises Project, European Society of Criminology (2013/14 – present)
  • Director, Crime, Science and Politics Working Group of the European Society of Criminology (2009 - 2011)
  • Director, European Governance of Public Safety Working Group of the European Society of Criminology (2003 - 2008)

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I have been centrally involved in the design as well as the delivery of the single honours degree programme in criminology in Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences and its MSc in Crime, Safety and Justice. This involvement reflects my pedagogic interests in the interrelationship of theory, method and data, how this can distinguish the social sciences from other narratives about social life and how it can facilitate their contribution to deliberative democracy.

Current Undergraduate Teaching

  • Theory and Method in Contemporary Criminology (SI0200)
  • Criminological Practice (SI0204)
  • Dissertation supervision (SI0301)

Current Postgraduate Teaching

  • Researching Crime, Safety and Justice
  • Principles and Practice of Research Design & Methods

  • Dissertation supervision

PhD Supervision

Thomas Cartwright: Community Safety in an age of Austerity: An urban regime analysis of Cardiff 1999-2015, awarded 13th December 2016.

Danielle Rayner: Informal Social Control in the Context of De-industrialisation and Disinvestment, awarded 30th May 2013.

Rachel Southworth: Financial Crime Control: Risk, Regulation and the Role(s) of the UK Banking Sector, awarded 10th January 2013.

Rachel Taylor Swann: Class, Status and Partying: an exploration of women's 'responsibilisation' for   their safety in the night-time economy, awarded 31st May 2012.

Nicholas Lord: Regulating transnational corporate bribery in the UK and Germany, awarded 19th April 2012.

Jasmin Tregidga: The securitisation of routine policing? A case study of the impact of counter terrorism policy on local policing, awarded March 2011.

Funded Research Projects:

2015 – 2016, Digital Wildfires, responsible citizenship and social media. Funded by the British Academy, £10,000 (with Girvan, Housley, Jirotka and Procter).

2015 - 2016, Urban Governance and Security in “Smart” Cities’. Cardiff University Research Fellowship, £15,000 Principal Investigator (sole award).

2014 – 2016, Digital Wildfire: (Mis)information flows, propagation and responsible governance. Economic and Social Research Council,  (Global Uncertainties), £248,413, Co-Investigator (with Jirotka, Procter, Housley, Williams, Burnap and Rana).

2014 – 2015, Detecting Tension and Cohesion in Local Communities with Social Media, Funded by Airbus Group, £51,040 Co-investigator (with Rana, Burnap, Housley and Williams)

2014 – 2016, Sage Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding, Co-sponsored Research Methods Fellowship at Cardiff University,  £38,000, Co-investigator (with Coffey, Housley and Brindle, SAGE).

2013 – 2015, Understanding the role of social media in the aftermath of youth suicides. Funded by Department of Health, England. £200,000, Co-investigator (with Scourfield, Williams, Burnap and Housley).

2013-2014, Hate Speech and Social Media: Understanding Users, Networks and Information Flows.Funded by ESRC and Google (Google Data Analytics Social Science Research Call) £124, 986, Co-Investigator (with Williams, Housley, Burnap, Rana, Procter, Voss and Knight).

2013-2014, Social Media and Prediction: Crime Sensing, Data Integration and Statistical Modelling. Funded by ESRC /NCRM Methodological Innovation, £195,000, Co-Investigator (with Williams, Housley, Burnap, Rana, Procter, Voss and Knight).

2013-2014, Supporting Empirical Digital Social Research for the Social Sciences with a Virtual Research Environment. Funded by JISC, £55,519, Co-Investigator (with Burnap, Williams, Rana, Housley & Avis).

2011 - 2014, Urban Manager for Security, Safety and Crisis Management (‘project Urbis’), Leonardo Life Long Learning Programme of the Education and Culture DG of the European Commission, Euro 505,475 (with Sinergie (Italy), European Forum for Urban Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia, and the regional government of Izmir, Turkey). 

2011-12, Digital Social Research Tools, Tension Indicators and Safer Communities: A Demonstration of the Cardiff Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS). Funded by the ESRC £79,000 Co-Investigator (with Matthew Williams, William Housley, Malcolm Williams, Omer Rana and Nick Avis).

2012, Requirements Analysis for Social Media Research Tools. Funded by the ESRC £5,000, Co Investigator (with Burnap, Housley, Rana, Housley, Avis & Proctor).

2008 - 2010, Evaluation of the Office for Night-Time Economy Co-ordination in Cardiff, Home Office Tackling Violent Crime Programme, £5,000 Principal Investigator (sole award). 

2008 - 2009, ‘Evaluation of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Safer Communities Fund for Youth Crime Prevention’, Welsh Assembly Government, £117,000, Co-Investigator (with G. Hughes, K. Haines and M. Liddle).

2007 - 2008, ‘The Role of the Community Safety Officer in Wales’, Wales Association of Community Safety Officers, £5,000 Co-Investigator (with G. Hughes).

2005 - 2006, Systematic Review of Research on Victims of Organised Crime, Home Office, £2,600 Principal Investigator (sole award).

1999 - 2001, Policy Responses to Transnational Organised Crime’,  UK Economic and Social Research Council, £12,000 Principal Investigator,(sole award).

1998 – 1999, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Curriculum Development, Home Office, £2,500, Principal Investigator (sole award).

1994 – 1995, Local Strategies for Crime Prevention: Co-ordination and Accountability’, UK Economic and Social Research Council, £42,000, Co-Investigator (with J. Benyon).

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