Professor Graham Farrell

Professor Graham Farrell


PhD University of Manchester (1994). Joined University of Leeds in September 2015. Previously professor at universities in Canada (Simon Fraser) and the United States (Rutgers, Cincinnati) and at Loughborough University, and deputy research director at the Police Foundation, Washington DC. Earlier career work including as international civil servant at the United Nations in Vienna, Research Associate at the Centre for Criminological Research at Oxford University, and research assistant at the Home Office Crime Prevention Unit.

Research interests

Crime Science, particularly situational crime prevention: designing-out and nudging people away from crime. In recent years, a particular focus on the international crime drop - developing the security hypothesis and examining the role of security improvements in declining crime as well as scrutinising rival explanations. Previous work in a range of areas including phone theft and robbery and student academic misconduct. Primary theoretical areas: rational choice and routine activities.

Over three decades of published work. Researched many areas relating to crime, policing and criminal justice including international drug policy, and the repeated victimization of the same people and places a particular focus. In 2007, fieldwork in Afghanistan (mainly Kabul) to evaluate criminal justice system projects undertaken by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Awarded research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (x4), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Union, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).

PhD thesis ‘Repeated Criminal Victimisation’ (1993).

In 2023, presented with the Ronald V. Clarke Award for Fundamental Contributions to Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, on 16 June 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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  • PhD (Manchester, 1994)

Student education

Teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes.  

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
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