July 2006 - July 2009. Principal Investigator:
Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
In this Section:
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Adam Crawford (Editor-in-Chief)
- Anthea Hucklesby (Editor)
- Steven Hutchinson (Editor)
- Susanne Karstedt (Editor)
- Stuart Lister (Editor)
- Sam Lewis (Book Review Editor)
- Henry Yeomans (Book Review Editor)
- Lena Kruckenberg (Editorial Officer).
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.
Professor Adam Crawford
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute; Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership
Tel: 0113 343 5045
March 2010 - June 2014. Principal Investigator:
Sexual offending is a serious and uniquely invasive form of offending. When the victims are children the violation is even more harmful. How can we as a society engage with sex offenders when they re-enter a community, and simultaneously enhance the levels of public protection to that community?
Creativity and Effectiveness in the Use of Electronic Monitoring as an Alternative to Imprisonment in EU Member States
May 2014 - April 2016. Principal Investigator:
This project focuses on the potential of electronic monitoring (EM) to provide a credible and workable alternative to imprisonment, therefore assisting in the management and reduction of EU prison populations.
June 2015 - May 2020. Principal Investigator:
Within this project, we seek to understand the different types of crime that can happen in the Cloud, build systems that will allow the detection of this criminal behaviour and enable the use of digital evidence to lead to successful prosecution of Cloud crime perpetrators.
Dirty Assets: Experiences, reflections, and lessons learnt from a decade of legislation on criminal money laundering and terrorism financing
Ongoing. Principal Investigator:
The AHRC has funded a series of three workshops, designed to bring together in a network key stakeholders from policy, practice, and research backgrounds to explore emerging issues surrounding criminal and/or terrorist assets.
June 2009 - May 2010. Principal Investigator:
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October 2007 - July 2009. Principal Investigator:
Identifying and Modelling Victim, Business, Regulatory and Malware Behaviours in a Changing Cyberthreat Landscape
September 2013 - September 2016. Principal Investigator:
The project will develop a computational tool that will assist in the prediction of business-related cyber attacks.
June 2008 - July 2011. Principal Investigator:
January 2015 - December 2016. Principal Investigator:
The project investigates trends in Islamist ideology between 2001 and 2016 by analysing media statements from different jihadi groups such as al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.
March 2015 - October 2017. Principal Investigator:
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This project revisits long-term developments in modern policing and crime control through a case-study of the Victorian city.
February 2011 - December 2014. Principal Investigator:
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This project explores the historical development of security technologies and the security industry in Britain since the late eighteenth century.
January 2012 - December 2015. Principal Investigator:
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September 2008 - December 2009. Principal Investigator:
The future prospects of urban parks: The life, times and social order of Victorian public parks as places of social mixing
November 2015 - October 2017. Principal Investigator:
This project brings together insights from history, criminology and urban studies to explore the future prospects of city parks as public meeting places, in both the Victorian period and the present day.
July 2008 - September 2010. Principal Investigator:
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March 2014 - Ongoing. Principal Investigator:
The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds has developed two videos that explore a case study of the situation that developed in Leeds, one of the cities where riots did not develop during 2011
26 June 2018, 17:30 - 19:00 | Lecture | Maurice Keyworth boardroom, Leeds Business School | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
On Tuesday 26 June the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies is hosting it's annual lecture entitled, 'Order, conflict resolution and crime: re-thinking the role of the state in the 21st Century'.
28 June 2018, 9:30 -17:00 | Conference | Baines Wing 4.12, University of Leeds | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
The annual CCJS PGR conference brings together postgraduate researchers and academic staff affiliated with the Centre to showcase the research of current PhD students.
Police use of Body-Worn Cameras and the prosecution of domestic abuse: policy, practice and research
5 June 2018, 9:15 - 16:00 | Conference | Room 1.33, Maurice Keyworth building | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
This event brings together policy-makers, practitioners and academics to share learning about the use of body-worn police cameras in police responses to and the prosecution of domestic abuse incidents. This is free conference funded by the N8 Policing Research Partnership and hosted by Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law.
15 May 2018, 13:00 - 15:00 | Seminar | 1.32, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, Centre for Law and Social Justice
Professor Leslie Moran will be discussing his methodological approach to his ‘Judicial Images’ project.
9 May 2018, 17:30 - 18:30 | Lecture | Moot Court, Liberty Building | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
Frank Dawtry Memorial Annual Lecture to be delivered by Professor Nick Hardwick, Professor of Criminal Justice, Royal Holloway, University of London and former Chair of the Parole Board.
8 May 2018, 16:00 - 17:30 | Seminar | The Boardroom, Liberty Building, University of Leeds | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
This seminar draws upon research into specialist cyber-crime units in Australia to highlight the issues and problems faced by police staff at the frontline of cyber-policing.
18 April 2018, 17:00 - 18:30 | Symposium | Moot Court, School of Law, University of Leeds | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
This symposium will discuss how new research on the history of policing shifts our understanding of crime control today.
19 March 2018 — 20 March 2018 | Conference | Moot Court, Liberty Building | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
The event brings together more than 30 leading European academics and practitioners from multiple countries across Europe with diverse backgrounds, ranging from Sociology, Law, Economics to Computer Science.
24 January 2018, 10:45 - 16:00 | Seminar | Room G.32 Liberty Building, University of Leeds | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
You are cordially invited to the inaugural event in the Leeds Historical Criminology Seminar Series. This exciting new venture aims to showcase research that uses historical perspectives to enrich understandings of crime, criminal justice and related issues in the present as well as the past.
5 December 2017, 17:30 - 18:30 | Lecture | Moot Court Room, Liberty Building, University of Leeds | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
As part of series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, this public lecture will address the need to engage with state of the art quantitative methods used in other social science disciplines, and to push that frontier even further.
6 November 2017, 17:30 - 19:00 | Lecture | Moot Court Room, Liberty Building, University of Leeds | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
As part of series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, this public lecture will showcase research being undertaken within the Centre on major funded projects: TAKEDOWN (H2020), CRITiCaL (EPSRC) and EMPHASIS (EPSRC).
‘New Advances in Restorative Justice Theory and Practice’ The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies International Conference
18 September 2017 — 19 September 2017 | Conference | Weetwood Hall, LS16 5PS. | Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
As a part of the Thirtieth Anniversary celebrations of Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) at the University of Leeds, this conference will bring together and showcase research, practice and theorising about future direction and new advances in restorative justice.