Professor Adam Crawford

Professor Adam Crawford


I am Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which works to support and enhance the Social Sciences at the University of Leeds. 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 Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership – a research based collaboration between the N8 Universities and 11 police forces and Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners in the north of England.  

I am a panel member and Interdisciplinary Research Advisor for the Law Unit of Assessment (Sub-panel 18) for the Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021. I was also a panel member at REF 2014.

I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a lifetime honorary member of the British Society of Criminology. I am also a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, and Fire & Rescue Service’s Academic Reference Group.

I am an editor of a new book series (with Dr Tessa Diphoorn and Dr Adam White) entitled ‘Emerald Studies in Plural Policing’. This series is aligned with the International Network on ‘The Everyday Political Economy of Plural Policing’ which is hosted by the Law School at the University of Leeds.

I am currently an Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Criminology. I am a member of the International Advisory Boards for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice and The International Journal of Restorative Justice. From 2010-15, I was the Editor in Chief of the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice.

I have held visiting positions at KU Leuven, VU Amsterdam, the Australian National University, University of New South Wales, Griffith University, Sydney University, University of Buenos Aires, Nanjing University, Penn State University and the Maison des Sciences de l'Hommes in Paris and Lyon.

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.


  • Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute
  • Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership

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 or recently completed 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.

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  • PhD University of Leeds
  • M.Phil Criminology University of Cambridge
  • BA Law & Sociology, University of Warwick

Professional memberships

  • Lifetime honorary Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • European Society of Criminology

Student education

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 programme

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Leeds Social Science Institute

Current postgraduate researchers

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