Cluster Leader: Dr Aaron Pycroft

This research cluster aims to promote:

  • Research and scholarship that have transformative potential for the practice of criminal and social justice;
  • The development of networks and research opportunities with organisations such as the prison and probation services and other agencies working in the field of criminal and social justice to inform policy and practice;
  • The dissemination of that research and scholarship through publications, conferences and professional settings.


Members of the cluster work across a range of disciplinary and professional settings utilising quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. Currently the main focus of research activities are:

  • Women, desistance from crime and peer mentoring
  • The governance of corrections and the role of the voluntary sector
  • Whole systems approaches, complex needs and the development of complexity theory to inform rehabilitation
  • Public protection and victims of crime
  • Radical criminology and contemporary debates in penology
  • Miscarriages of justice
  • Comparative criminal justice, youth justice and penology
  • Missing people (see also the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons), troubled families and social inequality
  • Forgiveness in criminal justice