Welcome to the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford. The Centre is part of the Faculty of Law, within the Social Sciences Division.

The Centre for Criminology has a reputation as a world-leading research and teaching institution. It is dedicated to pursuing an innovative programme of criminological and criminal justice research and to delivering the highest quality undergraduate education on the Law FHS degree and graduate education at both masters and doctoral level.

Its members are committed to connecting criminological work to the broader concerns of the social sciences; to thinking comparatively about crime and punishment; to bringing together sociological and normative approaches to the analysis of crime and justice; and to working at the intersections between criminology and public policy. These are also the approaches to the study of crime and criminal justice that inform teaching and doctoral supervision in the Centre. They make it an intellectually stimulating and collegial environment in which to study criminology as a graduate student and in which to work as a temporary research officer or a permanent member.

Our priorities are to recruit outstanding scholars as lecturers, research officers, academic visitors, and students and to create, with them, an academic environment of world-class research that will allow the Centre to maintain its reputation for excellence.


Our Summer Conference on Saturday, 4 June 2016 will bring together MPs, QCs, senior Police, and many high-profile key-note figures from criminal justice non-profits to discuss ‘Contemporary Dilemmas in Criminal Justice’ in three panels chaired by distinguished panel hosts from the world of media. We anticipate this will be a sell-out event with conference delegates attending from around the world. For more details, please see the 50th Anniversary Summer Conference Programme.
The conference takes place on the day after our Annual Roger Hood Public lecture on ‘Criminal Justice in the Service of Security’ by Professor Lucia Zedner, and you would be most welcome at this event as well. You may also be interested in joining us at at one of our prestigious Anniversary Lectures. 
The conference offers 6 CPD points for barristers and solicitors towards Professional Development. CPD points will be guaranteed when signing the registration form on the day.
To book your place at the conference please visit our University Online Shop. For more information, please contact Emily Algar, Criminology Centre Administrator.