Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice
We have an established international reputation for theoretically informed, policy focused, methodologically rigorous interdisciplinary research.
We are a joint venture drawing together colleagues from the School of Social Sciences (mainly those with an interest in criminology) and the School of Law and Politics (mainly those with an interest in criminal justice and security studies).
We hold regular workshops, seminars and feedback groups throughout the academic year. We have a broad research programme, with members actively exploring a range of topics around the relations between crime, security and justice.
Key areas of research interest include:
- urban security and community safety
- sexual and domestic violence and hate crime
- corporate and white-collar crime
- organised crime and terrorism
- criminal law and criminal justice process
- youth justice
- night-time economy
- drug policy
- life-course criminology and desistance
- prisoner resettlement and offender management
- emergent technologies and crime including cyber crime.
We have established links at the local, national and international level. Members work in collaboration with local authorities, third sector agencies, the Welsh Government, Home Office and Ministry of Justice, as well as a number of European agencies.
In particular, we are working with the Cardiff Safer and Cohesive Communities Board, through which access to data and research sites will be facilitated in exchange for research by staff and students.
Early projects are exploring the development of local victim surveys as well as research on sexual health, the night time economy, and issues around migration, immigration and asylum.
The Centre is directed by Professor Stewart Field, Adam Edwards and Claudia Hillebrand.
Senior Lecturer in Law
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Professor of Law and Head of Law
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Upcoming Workshop: expressions of remorse and apology in criminal justice
Organised by Stewart Field (LAWPL) and Cyrus Tata (University of Strathclyde), the workshop will bring together an international group of experts to examine the expression of remorse and apology in criminal justice and how this affects judgements about defendants.
Drawing on empirical studies of a range of jurisdictions and procedural contexts, this workshop will examine the various ways in which cultural expectations shape the construction of the 'ideal defendant' and his or her role in court-room, pre-trial and trial settings.
Speakers will include:
- Susan Bandes (DePaul University)
- Jackie Hodgson (Warwick University)
- Nicky Padfied (Cambridge University)
- Sharyn Roach Anleu (Flinders University, Australia)
- Kate Rossmanith (Macquarie University, Australia)
- Richard Weisman (York University, Canada)
Seminar with scholars from the Criminology Research Centre, Ryukoku University, Japan
The visit was organised by Professor Trevor Jones in collaboration with Dr David Brewster and was funded by a Daiwa Foundation grant.
|The Significance of Ryukoku University's Criminology Research Centre in the Context of the Crime Situation in Japan|
Dr. Kogawara, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Ryukoku University.
Life imprisonment in Japan
Prof. Dr. Shinichi Ishizuka, Professor, Faculty of Law and Director of the Criminology Research Centre (CrimRC), Ryukoku University and President of the Japanese Association of Sociological Criminology.
Prof. Dr. Ishizuka has carried out research on prisoners’ rights, the politics of criminal law in Japan and in Germany, the death penalty and life imprisonment, and drug policy.
The Strategies and Techniques of Drug Abuse Control in Japan
Dr. David Brewster, Postdoctoral Researcher, Criminology Research Centre (CrimRC), Ryukoku University.
Dr. Brewster studied Criminology at Cardiff University between 2007 and 2016. His PhD, entitled Comparing Cannabis Control in England & Wales and The Netherlands, analysed the policy-making processes in these countries.
Security and Justice: the challenge of the transnational
In 2017 the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice worked with Cardiff’s Centre of Law and Society to organise a series of workshops that brought together criminologists, political scientists and lawyers to address the relationship between security and justice in a world shaped by globalization and Europeanisation.
The four workshops brought together small groups of leading scholars and practitioners to reflect upon related challenges.
The first workshop has resulted in a Special Issue Supplement to be published by the Journal of Law and Society under the title ‘Learning from Elsewhere’. The final workshop will be published as a Special Issue by the journal Policing and Society.
Best practice in security and justice: from cross-cultural explanation to transnational prescription?
Transnational Criminal Justice and International Institutions: The Law and Politics of Building and Dismantling Transnational Cooperation.
The Theory and Practice of Financial Crime Risk Assessments: Challenges for Contemporary Governance.
Emergent Technologies: The Transnational Challenge to Security and Justice
For full programme and abstracts see our Research Gate Project.
Research seminars are held every three weeks during the academic year, providing a supportive environment for doctoral students and academic staff to present and constructively discuss their work.
Further seminars are run in partnership with the Welsh branch of the British Society of Criminology and additional social and strategic events are hosted throughout the year.
Below is the seminar programme for 2018 and 2019.
|17 October 2018|
|Glamorgan Building, room 0/86||Arron Cullen: Police in the Twitterverse: exploring the tweeting practices of police forces in England and Wales|
Sefa Ozalp: Selective mourning: comparing social reactions to terror attacks in Brussels and Istanbul on social media
|14 November 2018|
|Roxanna Dehaghani: Vulnerability in police custody: police decision-making and the appropriate adult safeguard|
Bharat Malkani: The impact of UK law and policy on the death penalty worldwide
|5 December 2018|
|Federico Varese (University of Oxford) presents his new book Mafia Life|
|12 December 2018|
|Janna Verbruggen: Desistance factors for intimate partner violence (IPV perpetration) in young adulthood|
Jenny Hoolachan: Everyday Practices and Control of Substance Use in a Youth Homeless Hostel
|20 February 2019|
|Gordon Hughes: What is it to be “critical” in contemporary criminological practice? Balancing involvement and detachment|
Jack Greig-Midlane: Understanding Police Institutional Reform processes in Austerity Era England and Wales
|13 March 2019|
|Philippa Tomczak (University of Sheffield): The penal voluntary sector: a (plural) sociology|
|10 April 2019|
|Robert Jones: Justice and Jurisdiction in Wales|
Alisa Stevens: Sex in British prisons: ‘Known unknowns’ and the need for research
|15 May 2019|
|Jack Spicer (University of West England): Exploring the emergence of ‘County Lines’: Drug market dynamics and policing responses|
Melissa Mendez: Developing a Caribbean Criminology for Youth Justice
|19 June 2019|
|Maria Pournara: Exploring strategic priority-setting in British national organised crime control|
Kirsty Hudson: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
|February 2018||Letizia Paoli (University of Leuven) |
The centrality of harm to crime, criminal policy and the governance of security, and the potential contribution of harm assessment
Diyana Dobreva and Daniel Grinnell (Crime & Security Research Institute)
Prophets, ‘Soft Facts’ and the murder of Jo Cox MP on Social Media in the Brexit Campaign
Mike Coliandris (SOCSI)
Remote Control: The Emergence of Drones in Contemporary Policing in England and Wales
Simon Avery (SOCSI)
Making the right connections: organised crime as a chaotic concept
Sefa Ozalp (SOCSI)
Abuse of meta-data for mass persecution of dissidents: the Bylock Case
Hava Dayan (University of Haifa)
Mysterious Murders and Circumstantial Convictions: The Case of ‘Concealed Femicide’
Joey Whitfield (MLANG)
The War on Drugs in Latin American Popular Culture
Dennis Eady (LAWPL)
Justice in Crisis: What can student based miscarriage of justice projects offer in the current climate?
Phillipa Thomas (SOCSI)
The Punitive Turn - a logical explanation or speculative idealism? A critical realist approach