The Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice has an established international reputation for theoretically informed, policy focused, methodologically rigorous interdisciplinary research. 

The Centre is a collaboration between the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and the Cardiff Law School’s Procedural Justice Research Group.  The Centre’s research programme consists of work in the following areas:

  • Community Safety and Crime Prevention
  • Comparative Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology
  • Courts and Access to Justice
  • Cybercrimes and Security
  • Offending, Offender Management and Identities
  • The Organisation of Serious Crimes
  • Policing, Regulation and the Governance of Security
  • Sensing Crime, Civil Unrest and Social Cohesion
  • Transnational Crimes
  • Youth Justice & Family Law

The Centre’s research programme has been funded by various Government departments, charitable foundations and other bodies including:

  • the Economic and Social Research Council
  • the European Commission
  • the Home Office
  • the National Assembly for Wales
  • the Ministry of Justice
  • the Department of Constitutional Affairs

The Centre has established research and policy links at the local, national and international level. Members work closely with the Welsh Government, local authorities and charities as well as engaging with both national Government (Home Office and Ministry of Justice) and a number of European agencies (the Justice, Freedom and Security and the Research Directorates-General of the European Commission; and GERN – Groupe Européen de Recherches sur les Normativités.

The Centre has a thriving research culture supporting the work of over 30 doctoral students.  Students are actively encouraged to take part in the Centre’s activities and regularly present work in progress with academic staff at tri-weekly meetings. The Centre works closely with the British Society of Criminology (Wales branch).


  • To conduct high quality empirical research into key local, national and international influences over crimes and their governance
  • Within this, to work collaboratively to attract research funding from a range of sources in order to develop a programme of research projects that build upon our established reputation in particular fields
  • To develop links with policy-makers and practitioners at the local, national and international level
  • To combine a strong focus upon policy-relevant research with a significant contribution to key theoretical and policy debates within criminology, criminal justice and socio-legal studies.
  • To build capacity in criminological research and teaching by including research students, post-docs and researchers in the work of the Centre and by promoting training and staff development.