Centre for Criminology

Part of Department of Sociology

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We are a local and international centre of excellence for the study of Criminology

We attract research funding, produce world class research outputs and engage with local schools, colleges and businesses.

We attract the very best undergraduate and postgraduate research students to our Department and use our criminological research activities as a basis for our teaching. We also organise seminars and events throughout the year on a range of criminology topics, which are open to all.


Criminology at Essex

At Essex we take the sociological approach to studying crime and deviance to answer questions such as:

  • why are laws made?
  • why are these laws subsequently broken?
  • what can be done about it?
  • why is society fascinated with crime?

One aspect of criminology is to focus on the individual, but here at Essex we take a much broader perspective and research criminology from the social perspective. Our teaching is research based and engaged with the real world. Our members of staff actively engage in research in the fields of:

  • crime and the media
  • drug use and markets
  • women, crime and criminal justice
  • green criminology and crimes against the environment
  • organised crime
  • sexual labour, regulation and human rights
  • security
  • surveillance
  • terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Study Criminology

We welcome high-quality undergraduate, masters and research students who want to study criminology.

As a research student you will work closely with your supervisor/s, all of whom have excellent reputations for conducting cutting edge research. You will play a full and active role in the various activities that the Centre is currently developing.

Members of the centre have excellent contacts with local and central government agencies and international academic and policy networks, which will benefit students working with us and allow us to bid for funding. We have already been successful in attracting funding from the:

  • Home Office
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC)
  • the European Economic Community (EEC).

Highlights of our research


Our work regularly features and contributes to mainstream blog posts and news articles. Some of our most recent work includes:

Research case study

Our robust research has real-world impact. Read our most recent research case study to find out more about the impact our work has made beyond the world of academia:

Interdisciplinary projects

Our researchers work with a multitude of external individuals and organisations. Learn more about our most recent collaborations:

  • Visit the ESRC Victims Project website to read more about this interdisciplinary project on victims’ access to justice in England over three centuries.


Our researchers are regularly contributing to well known journals and publications. Learn more about our most notable work:

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Get in touch
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Centre for Criminology University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Department of Sociology University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873049