Crime, security and justice
Applying theoretical innovation to inform new ways of understanding and responding to crime.
We engage with real world problems to inform practitioners and policy-makers at local, national and international levels.
Projects have explored domestic and sexual violence, the governance of transnational crimes (including drug markets and their regulation), policing and the organisation of serious crimes. We have particular strengths in the use of social media methods to explore hate crimes and the use of open source digital data in the context of counter-terrorism and national security.
The work of our criminological scholars has helped to shift the traditional focus of criminological theory and research beyond that of national criminal justice systems. Such work has explored global, national, regional and local influences on the shape and nature of crimes and their control in the ‘networked society’.