The Centre for Criminology at Essex has both produced and attracted some of the most influential criminologists of the past 50 years, and continues to push intellectual and policy boundaries, while training and supporting the next generation of criminologists for the future.
Research interests, projects and publications have been wide-ranging, from studies of the personal and the cultural, through the mapping of organised and corporate criminality, to investigations of state systems of support and intervention, surveillance and violence - all with a critical and sociological approach as the common core.
"Our research at the centre is distinctive for its sociological and critical approach to deviance, crime, criminalisation and justice."
The Centre for Criminology has pioneered projects at the leading edge of the field – whether examining support for families interacting with the criminal justice system or the state of the planet and environmental harms. Contributing to public debate, policy evidence and scholarly discussion is what we do and our research has been making its impact on society ever since Stan Cohen wrote about ‘Folk Devils and Moral Panics’.
Explore our current research and past research projects below:
Alexandra Cox -
Anna Di Ronco
2019 British Academy Leverhulme Small Grant: National Law, Transnational Justice? The role of legal status in parole decision-making in Catalonia, Spain
2020 ISRF Flexi-Grant with James Allen-Robertson Deciphering Violence: New Network Analytic Tools to Improve Hate Speech Detection Online
I am Co-PI on a Global Challenges Research Fund project on ‘COVID-19, Indigenous Communities and Health Justice in Colombia’
With their research and expertise, our members cover a wide range of topics within criminology. These include: crime and the media; organised crime; urban disorder and social control; racism, victims and victimology; sexual labour, regulation and human rights; drug use and markets; women, crime and criminal justice; security; surveillance; green criminology and crimes against the environment; terrorism and counter-terrorism; policing, prisons, punishment and the criminal justice system.
The breath and variety of our interests ensure our work crosses disciplinary boundaries as we draw upon sociology, history, law, urban and rural studies, anthropology, art and film studies, political science and much more.