About Criminology

The Centre is a leading site of cutting-edge social enquiry and world-class graduate education in criminology and criminal justice, with staff and students committed to understanding and addressing contemporary public policy dilemmas.

We have a vibrant programme of research that pursues a research strategy aimed principally at fostering and developing clusters of research activity around seven substantive themes: Security, rights and criminal justice; Penal culture, policy and practice; Politics, legitimacy and crime control; Crime and the family; Psychology, Criminal Justice and law; Victims and victimisation, and Criminal justice, citizenship and migration.

The Centre’s programme of work across these substantive areas is intersected and reinforced by four lateral themes that link them and reveal the distinctive nature of criminological research in Oxford. The four themes are:

  • Exploring the connections between the study of crime and its control and the larger concerns of the contemporary social sciences with such ideas as risk, globalization, networks, race, gender, citizenship, governance, and culture.

  • The theory and practice of comparative criminological enquiry.

  • Bringing together sociological and critical normative analyses of crime, victimization and crime control practices.

  • Understanding and working upon the intersections between criminological research and public policy.


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