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The Centre for Criminology, headed by Professor Kate Williams, comprises a team of active researchers and research students with specialisms in homicide and violence, youth justice and youth policy, policing, drug use, green, global and transnational criminology, crime prevention, animal abuse, informal justice and alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment. 

The Centre also has several visiting Professors and Fellows, especially in the fields of probation and youth justice. These include senior practitioners (e.g. an ex-Chief Probation Officer and former senior detective) as well as distinguished academics.  

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Professor Kate Williams
Director of the Centre for Criminology


Members

Dr Cheryl Allsop 
Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Award Leader
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Professor Trevor Bennett 
Emeritus Professor of Criminology

Professor Fiona Brookman 
Professor of Criminology
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Dr Marian Buhociu 
Lecturer in Criminology
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Dr Sophie Chambers 
Lecturer in Criminology
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Dr John Deering 
Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
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Professor Jonathan Evans 
Professor of Youth Justice Policy and Practice
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Professor Katy Holloway 
Professor in Criminology
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Dr Helen Jones 
Research Fellow in Criminology
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Rhian Kinsella
Senior Lecturer/ Director of Postgraduate Studies in Criminology and Policing
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Members

Professor Mike Maguire 
Professor in Criminology
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Dr Jennifer Maher 
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
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Ian McKim
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
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Shannon Murray
Research Assistant in Substance Use Research Group (SURG)
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Dr Harriet Pierpoint 
Associate Professor in Criminology
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Dr Joanna Roberts
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Professor Ali Wardak 
Professor in Criminology
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Professor Kate Williams 
Professor in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Criminology
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Visiting Profs / Fellows

Gareth Bevan
Visiting Fellow at USW

Prof Kevin Haines
Visiting Professor at USW

Brian Heath MBE
Visiting Fellow at USW

Dr Rhian Hills
Visiting Professor

Annette Irvine
Visiting Fellow at USW

Dusty Kennedy
Visiting Fellow at USW

Dr Jan Melichar
Visiting Professor

Prof Peter Raynor
Visiting Professor at USW

Caroline Phipps
Visiting Fellow at USW

Martin Blakeborough
Visiting Fellow at USW

Jason Kew
Visiting Fellow at USW

Postgraduate Researchers

  • Paolo Baffero – Bolivian non-state justice and its relevance to restorative justice. Supervisors: Prof Ali Wardak and Prof Kate Williams

  • Grace Boughton – Homicide reviews. Supervisors: Dr Cheryl Allsop and Prof Fiona Brookman

  • Sarah Bradbeer – The criminalisation of homelessness and social exclusion. Supervisors:  Prof Kate Williams and Professor Howard Williamson (Centre for Social Policy)

  • Zoe Cross – Desistance from youth offending. Supervisors:  Dr John Deering, Prof Jonathan Evans and Dr Rachel Taylor (Psychology)

  • Jennifer Holmes – Police interviews and vulnerable suspects. Supervisors: Associate Prof Harriet Pierpoint and Prof Fiona Brookman

  • Sharmila Kumar – Long-term, treatment-resistant heroin users. Supervisors: Prof Ali Wardak, Prof Katy Holloway and Prof Andrew Rogers 

  • Kanishka Nawabi – The causes and motivations of suicide terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan. Supervisors: Prof Ali Wardak and Prof Kate Williams

  • Simone Hatchard – Understanding the use of digital forensics in the investigation and prosecution of major crime offences in England and Wales. Supervisors: Prof Fiona Brookman, Dr Harriet Pierpoint and Dr Helen Jones

  • Farjana Sultana – Sexual and Gender-based Violence among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Supervisors: Professor Kate Williams and Dr Md Palash Kamruzzaman (Centre for Social Policy)

  • Nerys Musgrove – The Voice of Children in Pre-Court Criminal Proceedings. Supervisors:  Dr Harriet Pierpoint and Professor Kate Williams

  • Anna Owen – Continuity 'through the gate': The impact of the mentoring relationship in the provision of, 'whole family' support and resettlement and rehabilitation of ex-prisoners. Supervisors: Professor Kate Williams and Professor Mike Maguire

  • Ruth Mandigo – Understanding investigative errors in major crime investigations. Supervisors: Dr Cheryl Allsop, Professor Fiona Brookman and Dr Sophie Chambers

  • Rhian Kinsella – A Critical Analysis of the Mixed Economy Provision of Forensic Science to Policing in England and Wales. Supervisors: Dr Cheryl Allsop and Professor Colin Rogers (International Centre for Policing and Security)

  • Lulu Zacharia - A critical analysis of why domestic violence is still a major problem in our societies. Supervisors: Dr Cheryl Allsop and Professor Kate Williams

  • Katrina Whale - Child Criminal Exploitation - An exploration of the experiences of the Youth Justice System for a Victim of Child Criminal Exploitation. Supervisors: Dr Harriet Pierpoint, Professor Jonathan Evans and Professor Howard Williamson (Centre for Social Policy).         

  • Chris Seel -  Positive approaches to behaviour change in prisons: Effects on prisoner and staff well-being. Supervisors: Professor Katy Holloway; Dr Ioannis Angelakis and Professor Jenn Austin (Promoting Lifelong Health Research)

  • James McCormack - Cognitive bias and decision making amongst Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs). Supervisors: Professor Fiona Brookman and Dr Cheryl Allsop

  • Elizabeth Bacon - Mapping and Evaluating the Voluntary Youth Work Sector for Wales. Supervisors: Dr Jenny Maher and Professor Howard Williamson (Centre for Social Policy)

  • Abigail Logan -  The Effects of Engagement in Crime-Related Media on Public Perceptions of the Accuracy

  • Elen Ghassempoory - Is Anti-Oppressive Practice Oppressive? A Case Study Considering Anti-Oppressive Practice and Approaches with Children and Young People in England and Wales.                      Supervisors: Professor Howard Williamson (Centre for Social Policy), Dr John Deering (Centre for Criminology) and Dr Katharina Sarter (Centre for Social Policy)

  • Charlotte Hopkins -What is the impact of experts by experience in promoting early, and sustained engagement with drug treatment and support services amongst people with drug use disorders? A workforce development perspective
    Supervisors: Professor Katy Holloway;  Dr Marian Buhociu Dr Rhian Hills (Welsh Government) and Caroline Phipps (Barod)

  • Julia Williams - Criminal exploitation and the trajectories of missing young people
    Supervisors: Dr Cheryl Allsop; Dr Helen Jones and Professor Colin Rogers (International Centre for Policing and Security)