Criminology and Criminal Justice

The grouping conducts empirical research, together with more theoretically-oriented work, on the nature of crime and deviance, social control and the principal institutions of the criminal justice system in contemporary society.

Our research interests

Topically, there is particular strength in:

  • Asset recovery, organised and syndicated crime
  • Community, neighbourhood and intelligence led policing
  • Cyber and criminal justice system (incorporating the police service, courts and sentencing, prisons and probation)
  • Criminal statistics
  • Early intervention, anti-social behaviour and social control
  • Ethnicity, community and identity
  • Hate crime
  • Human rights
  • Interventions with offenders
  • Meta-analysis and realist evaluation techniques
  • Methods for researching crime especially survey methodology, advanced quantitative methods, spatial modelling, public opinion research and mixed methods
  • Prison effects
  • Racism and crime
  • Technology and surveillance, securitization and biometrics
  • The deployment of female and ethnic minority group police officers impact on community engagement and crime reduction
  • Victims of crime, victimization
  • Youth justice.

Members of the Criminology and Criminal Justice research grouping also run the Surrey Crime Research Lab.

Our research has been funded by research councils in the UK and abroad, central government departments, along with a large number of statutory and non-statutory organizations. The group brings sophisticated research designs to bear on analytically-informed and/or policy-relevant topics in contemporary criminal justice. Methodologically the group's expertise covers the full range from ethnographic field studies to quantitative research methods, the secondary analysis of large datasets and archival qualitative data, and on to evaluation research methods.

Our previous research projects have been wide ranging and include studies of criminal careers; criminal investigation, including the investigation of murder, and the conduct of major incident inquiries; attitudes to date rape and relationship rape; criminal statistics and risk prevention; police training and socialisation, including international comparative research; the training of lawyers; role conflict in probation officers; the training of probation officers; joint police/social work investigation of child sexual abuse; community policing; Community Service; moral reform movements; police relations with violent children and adolescents; factors affecting the size of the prison population; parole; police decision-making in neighbourhood disputes; police relations with ethnic minorities; children convicted of grave crimes; the public's role in crime prevention; resignation factors in the police and the extent of local area drug misuse.

Current and planned research

Members of the group are currently conducting research on:

  • The role of citizens, communities and volunteers in contemporary policing
  • The factors influencing levels of prison legitimacy and procedural justice using national survey data of prisoners in England and Wales
  • The collateral impact of youth justice punishment orders on parents and other family members
  • The nature, extent and impact of hate crime in the city of Leicester
  • The nature and impact of targeted victimisation of Goth’s and ‘alternatives’
  • The spatial patterning of crime and perceptions of crime
  • The role of local neighbourhood context.

Contact us

We are pleased to consider theoretically informed and empirical proposals from prospective students.

Please contact Karen Bullock.