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Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

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The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) is an interdisciplinary research institute.

We have developed a sustained track record of international excellence and excel in the production of empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated and policy relevant research. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and often comparative in its insights to certain key criminal justice issues.

The Centre was established in 1987 to pursue research into criminal justice systems and criminological issues. It has since grown to become one of the leading criminological centres of its genre with an established international profile.

Peak of research excellence

The Centre fosters an active and flourishing academic environment for teaching and research. It is recognised by the University of Leeds as one of its key 'peaks of research excellence'. 

Those working within the CCJS have established international reputations in the broad field of criminal justice policy research, especially in the areas of policing, crime prevention, victims, youth justice, cyber-crimes and the supervision of offenders.

External links and funding

We have attracted a number of prestigious awards from diverse research funding bodies including the ESRC, AHRC, European Commission, Nuffield Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Leverhulme Trust.

Part of a global network

We have good international research links, notably through the Worldwide University Network and we are an institutional member of the Groupe Européen de Recherches sur les Normativités, a leading international research network funded by the French CNRS. The CCJS also has formal links with the Institute of Criminology at Sydney University.

The Centre has an Advisory Board with more than twenty members drawn from key senior positions within criminal justice research users and sponsors, including the police, judiciary, probation service, prisons and the courts.

A brief insight into our research

Professor Adam Crawford discusses his research on policing partnerships.



The Centre runs both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, has a vibrant postgraduate research community and an active public seminar programme.

Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

We also offer postgraduate research opportunities.

We welcome applications falling within any field of Criminal Justice Srudies, particularly within our key research strength areas.

There are a wide range of university scholarships. We also encourage applications for government funding from outside bodies, such as the AHRC.


Our research areas

Security governance and regulation

  • Policing, counter-terrorism, urban governance
  • The night-time economy and the regulation of public space/housing
  • Community safety and anti-social behaviour
  • Public/private partnerships and the distribution of security providers

Criminal behaviour and desistance

  • Youth prevention and the onset of offending
  • Rehabilitation, resettlement and desistance from crime
  • The aetiology of crime including ...
    • Corporate; white collar and middle-class crime
    • Violence
    • Alcohol, drugs and crime
    • Gender, ethnicity and crime

Criminal justice processes, compliance and the management of victims and offenders

  • Legal decision-making; jury deliberations and legal compliance
  • Criminal evidence and procedure
  • Forensic evidence
  • Human rights and miscarriages of justice
  • Treatment of victims and restorative justice
  • Youth justice
  • Bail, electronic monitoring, prisons and probation
  • Evaluation of effectiveness and impact of criminal justice reforms
  • Legitimacy and trust in justice

International and comparative crime and justice

  • Global and transnational crime and policing
  • Cyber-crime
  • State crimes and atrocities
  • Genocide prevention
  • Responsibility and collective victimisation
  • The death penalty
  • Comparative policy transfer
  • International criminal justice and global governance

Criminology and Criminal Justice Journal

The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies hosts the Editorial Team of the Journal Criminology and Criminal Justice, the official journal of the British Society of Criminology, published by SAGE.

Editorial Team at Leeds

About the Journal

Criminology and Criminal Justice is a leading, peer reviewed journal of original research and thinking in the field.

The journal seeks to reflect the vibrancy of the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice throughout the UK and internationally. It publishes work of the highest quality and academic rigour from around the world and across all areas of criminology and criminal justice.

The journal is interdisciplinary in nature, and is devoted to providing an international forum for critical debate and policy discussions of criminological and criminal justice research findings.

Some of the key types of articles, which form the focus of the journal, will include ...

  • original conceptual articles on crime, its prevention and control
  • empirical studies, including those of criminological research findings, criminal justice policy-making and the implementation of laws, processes and criminal justice
  • analyses of international crimes and criminal justice institutions and policy transfer, as well as evaluations of significant developments in criminal justice practices
  • and debates about the public role of criminology and criminologists.

The Editorial Team is committed to the following broad aims.

  • To enhance and maximise the number, range and quality of articles submitted to the journal.
  • To maintain an efficient, timely and rigorous peer review process.
  • To work closely with our reviewers to deliver appropriate, helpful and timely feedback to authors.
  • To increase the international reputation and standing of the journal.
  • To attract good quality submissions from within the UK and beyond.
  • To engage fully with our international advisory board members in the work of the journal.

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