Our research

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Academic staff in the Liberty Building

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'. 

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Policing problems - Adam Crawford shares an insight into his research

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David Churchill discusses his research in historical criminology

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Competition law - Peter Whelan talks about his cartels and criminalisation research

Our research has international relevance, spanning across the themes below:

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.

External links and funding

The Centre’s research strength is reflected in its strong record of external grant capture, including prestigious awards from the European Union, AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, European Commission, Newton Fund, Nuffield Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, HEFCE, Home Office, National Probation Service