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Centre for Criminology

The Centre for Criminology was established in 2001 and comprises a team of active researchers and research students with specialisms in homicide and violence, policing, youth justice and youth policy, probation and prisons, the rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders, prisoners' children and families, substance misuse, green, global and transnational criminology, crime prevention, animal abuse, informal justice and alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment. The Criminal Investigation Research Network, established by Professor Fiona Brookman, is also based here.

We publish our research in leading national and international journals and books and present our work at conferences around the world.  We routinely conduct research with and on behalf of local and national government and engage with a wide range of policy and practice experts.    

Excellence in research

In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) almost two thirds of our Criminology research was recognised as either world-leading or internationally excellent and 80 percent of our research was recognised as world-leading in terms of its impact. It placed University of South Wales eighth in the UK for world leading research in social policy and criminology – and top in Wales.


Current research

Criminology Research Areas