Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Professor Adam Crawford

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute; Director of the Security and Justice Research Group; Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership

I am a graduate of the Universities of Warwick (Law and Sociology, First Class) and Cambridge (M.Phil Criminology) and hold a PhD from the University of Leeds.

I have held visiting positions at KU Leuven, VU Amsterdam, the Australian National University, Pennsylvania State University, Griffith University and Sydney University and the Maison des Sciences de l'Hommes in Paris and Lyon.

I am Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which works to support and enhance the Social Sciences at the University of Leeds2.  It does so by fostering interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, promoting relations with external partners in the public, private and third sectors and building capacity through the provision of training and skills development for the next generation of research leaders.

I am a member of the Scientific Committee of the Groupe Européen de Recherches sur les Normativités (GERN). I am also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Services and a lifetime honorary member of the British Society of Criminology.

From 2010-15 I was the Editor in Chief of the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice and I am an Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Criminology.

Research Interests

My research interests include: public policing, private security, crime prevention, community safety, partnerships, youth justice, anti-social behaviour, victims of crime, restorative justice, urban governance and the regulation of public space.

I have successfully secured over £10 million in external research funding, mostly as principal investigator. I have managed research studies in the fields of crime prevention, community safety, victims of crime, policing and youth justice, variously funded by the Home Office, Youth Justice Board, ESRC, JRF, HEFCE, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Northern Ireland Office, the College of Policing and the European Commission.

I am currently working on and involved in the following externally funded research projects:

  • Director and PI of the N8 Policing Research Partnership – a research and knowledge exchange collaboration between universities and policing partners in the north of England which has secured £7.2 million funding (including £3 million HEFCE Catalyst Grant), 2015-20.
  • Principal Investigator on an Economic and Social Research Council Research Seminar Series ‘Markets in Policing: The Appetite for and Organisational, Cultural and Moral Limits to Markets in Public Policing’, 2014-17.
  • Co-Investigator on a College of Policing Knowledge Fund ‘Developing Restorative Policing: using the evidence base to inform the delivery of restorative justice and improve engagement with victims’ (with Professor Joanna Shapland (PI), Sheffield University), 2015-17.

Co-Investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant entitled: ‘The future prospects of urban parks: The life, times and social order of Victorian public parks as places of social mixing’ (with Dr Anna Barker (PI), Bradford University and Dr David Churchill, University of Leeds), 2015-17.


In recent years, I have taught on the following modules.

  • 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' (first year undergraduate BA)
  • 'Criminology', (second year undergraduate)
  • 'Theories of Crime, Justice and Control' (MA programmes)

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise the following research students.

  • Ravinder Mann (p-t) (2007-) ‘Integrating Victims in Restorative Youth Justice’.
  • Andrea Tara-Chand (2011-)Resilience, Threat and Urban Governance’ White Rose Studentship Network Award
  • Mark Hartley (p-t) (2011-) ‘Implementing Community Policing in the UEA: A study of Policy Transfer’
  • Deborah Platts-Fowler (2012-) ‘Policing Social Disorder and Urban Unrest’ White Rose ESRC Studentship Network Award
  • Ian Marder (2013-) ‘The Involvement of Police Forces in the Facilitation of Restorative Justice Practices in England and Wales’, ESRC Studentship Award
  • Jennifer Healy (2014-) ‘Who Pays for Public Policing? Exploring the shifting boundaries of responsibility for the provision of “public” policing’, Collaborative ESRC Studentship award with the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police.
  • Christina Straub (2014-) ‘Love as human virtue and human need and its role in (rethinking) rehabilitation, the prison experience and desistance’, ESRC Studentship Award
  • Sean Butcher (2015-) Civilian Activation in Policing Plurality, ESRC Studentship Award
  • Neda Nobari Nazari (2015-) Preventative Policing: Can Community Engagement, in the Context of Counterterrorism, Influence the Decision to Report Radicalisation and Extremism? Collaborative ESRC Studentship award with West Yorkshire Police

I am happy to consider proposals in areas of policing, community safety, crime prevention, youth justice, restorative justice, comparative criminal justice and criminology more generally.

I have supervised thirteen research students to successful completion of their degrees, including.

 Successfully completed PhDs

  • Graham Geddes (co-supervised with York University) (2010-14) ‘White “extremism”: Exploring Islamophobic identity in the virtual and physical spheres’ White Rose Studentship Network Award.
  • Kathy Hampson (p-t) ‘Young Offenders and Emotional Intelligence’ (2012).
  • Kerry Clamp ‘The Receptiveness of Societies in Transition to Restorative Justice’ (2010).
  • Jonathan Burnett ‘Implementing Community Cohesion’ (2008).
  • Ruth Mounce Penfold ‘Celebrity Criminality: The Governance of the Public Image of Criminal Justice’ (2007) ESRC Studentship Award.
  • Alejandra Diaz Gude ‘The Growth of an International Restorative Justice Movement: Some Implications for Juvenile Justice in Chile’ (2004) Chevening Scholarship Award.
  • Sunita Toor ‘Understanding the Criminality of Minority Ethnic Girls’ (2003).
  • Ilona Haslewood-Pocsik (p-t) ‘The Rise of Risk Assessment in the Probation Service’ (2001)
  • Mario Mattassa ‘Security and Control in a North Belfast Community’ (1999).
  • James English ‘The Rise and Fall of the Unit Fine’ (1998).

Successfully completed MA by Research

  • Mike Cooper (p-t) ‘Why Burglars Burgle: Offenders’ Motives and Decision Making’ (2013).
  • Ibrahim Al-Haider ‘Youth Justice in Saudi Arabia’ (2002).
  • Paul Joliffe (p-t) ‘The Use of Interpreters in Magistrates’ Courts’ (1995).

Key Publications


  • Crawford, A. and Hucklesby, A., (eds) (2013) Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice, London: Routledge.
  • Crawford, A., (ed.) (2011) International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance: Convergence and Divergence in Global, National and Local Settings, Cambridge University Press.
  • Crawford, A., (ed.) (2009) Crime Prevention Policies in Comparative Perspective, Cullompton: Willan Publishing.

Chapters in books

Crawford, A., ‘The Implications of the English and Welsh Experiment in Democratic Governance of Policing through Police and Crime Commissioners: A misconceived venture or a good idea, badly implemented?’, in T. Delpeuch and J.E. Ross (eds) Comparing the Democratic Governance of Police Intelligence: New 

  • Models of Participation and Expertise in the United States and Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016, pp. 116-52.
  • Crawford, A. and Cunningham, M., (2015) ‘Working in Partnership: The challenges of working across organisational boundaries, cultures and practices’, in J. Fleming (ed.) Police Leadership - Rising to the Top, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 71-94.
  • Crawford, A. (2014) ‘Thinking About Sustainable Security: Metaphors, Paradoxes and Ironies’, in M. Schuilenburg, R. van Steden and B. Oude Breuil (eds) Positive Criminology: Reflections on Care, Belonging and Security, The Hague: Eleven Publishing, pp. 33-56.
  • Crawford, A. (2014) ‘The Police, Policing and the Future of the “Extended Policing Family”’, in J. Brown (ed.) The Future of Policing, London: Routledge, pp. 173-90.
  • Crawford, A., (2010) ‘Regulating civility, governing security and policing (dis)order under conditions of uncertainty’, in J. Blad, M. Hildebrandt, K. Rozemond, M. Schuilenburg and P. Van Calster (eds) Governing Security under the Rule of Law, The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, pp. 9-35.

Journal articles

  • Lewis, S., Crawford, A. and Traynor, P. ‘Nipping Crime in the Bud? The Use of Anti-Social Behaviour Interventions with Young People in England and Wales’, British Journal of Criminology.
  • Crawford, A. and Hutchinson, S., ‘The Future(s) of Security Studies’, British Journal of Criminology, 56(6), 2016. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azw070
  • Crawford, A. and Hutchinson, S., ‘Mapping the Contours of “Everyday Security”: Time, Space and Emotion’, British Journal of Criminology, 56(6), 2016. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv121.
  • Crawford, A., Lewis, S. and Traynor, P. ‘“It ain’t (just) what you do it’s (also) the way that you do it”: The role of procedural justice in the implementation of Anti-Social Behaviour interventions with young people’, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 22(4), 2016. Advanced access (20.06.2016), DOI: 10.1007/s10610-016-9318-x
  • Crawford, A., ‘Temporality in Restorative Justice: On Time, Timing and Time-Consciousness’, Theoretical Criminology, 19(4), 470-90, 2015. DOI: 10.1177/1362480615575804
  • Crawford, A. (2014) ‘L’hétérogénéité du concept de sécurité: ses implications sur les politiques publiques, la justice et la durabilité des pratiques’, Les Cahiers de la Sécurité et de la Justice, 27/28, 125-34.
  • Crawford, A., (2009) 'Governing through Anit-Social Behaviour: Regulatory Challenges to Criminal Justice', British Journal of Criminology, 49(6), 810-31.
  • Crawford, A., (2009) ‘Criminalising Sociability through Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation: Dispersal powers, young people and the police’, Youth Justice, 9(1), 5-26.
  • Crawford, A., (2008) ‘Dispersal Powers and the Symbolic Role of Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation’, Modern Law Review, 71(5), 753-84.

Full list of publications

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