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Criminology research

Explore the work we're doing in our 7 areas of expertise in Criminology

The nature of crime is changing, and the ways in which we prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute it are evolving too. Our Criminology research explores these challenges and aims to improve the policies and practices used in the field.

Our research focuses on 6 interconnected, collaborative and multidisciplinary areas of expertise. Within each, we're busy turning our knowledge, expertise and findings into action.

Our cybercrime research is exploring the growing threat and impact of this type of crime at all levels of society – from governments and law enforcement agencies, to private organisations and the public. We're investigating the methods and motives of the people who commit it, and finding new ways to deal with them.

Through our counter fraud research, we're looking into economic crimes such as fraud and corruption. We're exploring how widespread these crimes are, assessing the existing methods used to fight them, and developing new ways to protect people and organisations from falling victim to them.

Forensic science has helped changed the face of contemporary justice, and our research in forensics is taking a closer look at how science can help identify, eliminate, reconstruct and inform how crime is investigated – from fingerprinting and DNA recovery, to forensic interviewing. In the latter area, our research is identifying new and improved ways to gather quality, reliable information from crime scenes, and from the minds of witnesses. It's also helping to develop protocols and practices that ensure this human data is protected and interpreted correctly by police.

Policing and the economic, political and social world in which it operates is another focus of our research. In the wake of a prolonged period of budget cuts, our work deals with the most-pressing issues facing the police service – from how police officers learn, to the individual factors that can influence an investigation.

Finally, within the University's Centre for the Study of Missing Persons, we're also identifying patterns of behaviour that precede a person going missing and working to change the policies and practices that determine how such cases are handled.

Explore our Criminology research areas of expertise

Find out more about the facilities and research methods that shape our Criminology research – and learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners with whom we collaborate, and the major funders who fund our work.

Cybercrime and Cybersecurity

We're exploring the growing threat and impact cybercrime at all levels of society, investigating the methods and motives of the people who commit it, and finding new ways to deal with them.

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Forensic interviewing

We're exploring new and better ways to gather quality, reliable information from crime scenes and witnesses' minds – and helping develop protocols and practices that ensure this human data is protected and interpreted correctly.

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Missing Persons

We're identifying patterns of behaviour that precede a person going missing and working to change the policies and practices that determine how such cases are handled.

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Economic Crime

We’re looking at economic crime, assessing the methods used to combat it, and developing new ways to protect individuals and organisations from fraud, corruption, money laundering and intellectual property crime.

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Policing

In the wake of a prolonged period of budget cuts, our work deals with the most-pressing issues facing the police service – from how police officers learn, to the individual factors that can influence an investigation.

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Probation, Prison and Penology

We're working to understand the role of punishment, and how it links with processes of justice and rehabilitation – and helping shape how criminal justice practitioners work, by linking theory to practice.

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Forensic science

We're taking a closer look at how science can help identify, eliminate, reconstruct and inform the ways in which crime is investigated – including through fingerprinting and DNA recovery.

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Research groups

Policing, Crime and Forensic Investigation Research Group

We're researching policing, probation and criminal forensic investigation.

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Risk Counter Fraud and Cyber Resilience Research Group

We're researching the challenge of fraud and its effective control, focussing on how to inform the practice and delivery of security from public and private sector perspectives.

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Transformative Justice Research Group

We're promoting research and scholarship that have the transformative potential for the practice of criminal and social justice.

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Interested in a PhD in Criminology?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Criminology postgraduate research degrees page.