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Crime and Criminal Justice Research

The group has a strong reputation for delivering quality, impact research across a broad range of areas

The group sits within LSBU's Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, a research centre with an international standing. Founded in 2005, the CCJRG has developed a strong national and international reputation for delivering high quality and real life impact research across a broad range of areas, including: policing; anti-social behaviour; alcohol related crime; youth crime; drugs and crime; green criminology; prostitution and women offenders.

Research expertise

Three quarters of our research into Social Work and Social Policy was awarded a top quality rating of 3* for 'environment' - "conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability" - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The group has worked with a range of government agencies, including the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (Ministry of Justice); Government Office for London; the Scottish Executive, Northern Ireland Office and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. It has also undertaken extensive research in collaboration with various London local authorities in Lambeth, Lewisham, Brent, Newham and Greenwich, together with a range of voluntary agencies.

The group draws from a wide range of disciplines and inter-disciplinary subjects to develop policy and practice understandings of crime and criminal justice, the results of which have real life impact for practitioners and those who engage with the criminal justice system as offenders and victims.

Group members publish extensively in a range of books, journal articles and official reports and participate widely in national and international conferences. Emphasising their commitment to having a real life impact through their research, group members have also advised government and a range of statutory agencies on crime, community safety and criminal justice issues.

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Research Degree opportunities

As an Mphil/PhD student in the Crime and Criminal Justice Research Group you will be able to work in a wide range of disciplines and inter-disciplinary subjects and follow the course either full-time, part-time or by distance learning. In addition to excellent supervision from an individually appointed, internationally respected academic committee, you will participate in MSc level research methods and discipline-specific modules, as well as in training days designed specifically for LSBU's Institute for Social Science Research PhD community.

For an informal discussion about your research interests contact Dr. Marisa Silvestri, group leader the CCJRG. As the centre is part of our School of Law and Social Sciences visit the School's Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) and read about Research Degrees at the university. 


Crime and Criminal Justice Research Group
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road
Tel: 020 7815 5745
Email: Dr. Marisa Silvestri: