Research in law and criminology

Vibrant and sustainable research culture offering expertise in law, social policy and criminology, with links to sociology, history and psychology

We represent an integrated team of outstanding researchers with expertise across law, social policy and criminology, with extensive links with sociology, history and psychology. Our vibrant and sustainable research culture offers a dynamic space for researchers to engage with each other across disciplinary boundaries within an inclusive and coherent environment that provides support and guidance for all researchers, including mentoring of postgraduate and early career researchers.
Our research activity is organised and managed through two internationally recognised research groupings consisting of a) Crime, History and Institutions: Transdisciplinary Conversations in Heritage, Art and Transmedia (#CHITCHAT), and b) Crime, Justice and Society (CJS).
In the most recent assessment of research excellence ( REF2021) 68% of our research was judged to be ‘world class’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and demonstrated outstanding impact on policy in the area of heritage law. We have a regular seminar series and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students.


Postgraduate research opportunities

We supervise postgraduate research at doctoral and masters levels
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Digital research repository

The School of Society and Culture (SSC) is home to a diverse collection of researchers working in the social sciences, humanities and performing arts. We’re dedicated to advancing knowledge for public benefit, driving meaningful change in our society and enriching communities (be they near us or an ocean away). Visit our our digital repository of staff research to watch short videos from academics working across the School’s disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Computer Music, Creative Writing, Criminology, English, Environmental Cultures, Heritage, History, International Relations, Law, Music, Politics, Sociology, Theatre and Performance.