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Dr Steven Cook

Dr Steven Cook


School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 20870032
Room 2.10, Glamorgan Building

I am a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.  I am part of the Cardiff Q-Step programme, and am an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in criminology, public health, and sociology. 

I am broadly interested in the intersection between criminology and public health, and social problems related to mental health, substance abuse, their overlap, and other risky and illicit behaviours.  Three overarching themes guide my current research agenda: (1) the study of child and adolescent mental health using clinical and population-based data, (2) the study of hard-to-reach and at-risk populations, and (3) the use of population-based data to understand the prevalence and risk factors associated with risky and dangerous behaviours.

I have an emerging interest in criminological and public health problems related to technological innovations and social media use, and am keenly interested in examining the spatial and temporal processes associated with these problems. 


  • 2017 to present: Lecturer, Quantitative Methods (Q-Step) and Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Nipissing University
  • 2011-2016: Full-time Lecturer, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Nipissing University
  • 2008: Sessional Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario.
  • 2006-2008: Research Associate, Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), a tertiary care Psychiatric Hospital, London Ontario.


  • 2017: PhD, Sociology, University of Toronto 
  • 2007: M.A., Criminology, University of Toronto 
  • 2005: M.A., Sociology (Specialization in Program and Policy Evaluation), Western University
  • 2003: B.A., Honors Sociology and History, Western University. 

I convene a third year module in Social Analytics called "Analysing Social Change," a course introducing students to longitudinal data analysis. This course teaches students how to identify and quantify change over time using Stata, and introduces them to the analysis of repeated cross-sectional data, panel data, and survival analysis data.

I also contribute to a  variety of criminology modules.  These include: 

  • Foundations in Contemporary Criminology (Yr 1) 
  • Criminological Inquiries (Yr 1) 
  • Offending and Victimisation (Yr 2) 
  • Responses to Crime (Yr 2) 
  • Diversity and Crime (Yr 3) 
  • Criminological Practice (Yr 3) 
  • Researching Crime, Safety and Justice (Postgrad) 

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