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Centre for City Criminology launched by Department of Sociology

Leading criminologists marked 15 years of excellent teaching and research at an event held to launch the centre

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

Criminologists at City, University of London have celebrated 15 years of excellence with the founding of the Centre for City Criminology.

The centre, in the Department of Sociology, excels in a wide range of specialisms including crime and justice policy, victimology, street crime and policing.

Current research projects are exploring how institutional scandals such as the case of Jimmy Saville unfold in the media; women’s penal policy in light of the closure of Holloway Prison and how an improved understanding of offender motivations can reduce criminal behaviour.

Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Criminology Chris Greer, said: “Academics from the centre are dedicated to examining the big ideas that underpin crime and criminal justice in contemporary society.

“Theoretical innovation, clear thinking and rigorous research are pursued not simply for scholarship’s sake, but as a means of positively impacting on policy and practice.”

Based in the heart of London, the centre and its members are ideally placed to study the key processes that shape crime and control across the nation and beyond.

London is home to the key institutions of government, justice, policy-making and the media. It is also an environment where extreme socio-economic divides exist, and where cutting-edge developments in crime, street culture and everyday life emerge.

Dr Jonathan Ilan, Director of the new centre and Senior Lecturer in Criminology, explains that the centre’s research informs teaching.

“Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology offer students an inspiring and rigorous advanced education,” he said.

“Classes are taught by research-active academics – these are experts, doing cutting-edge work in their fields. They are the people writing the reports, books and articles that inform policy and practice.”

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