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The Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Centre brings together Ulster University’s researchers for the purposes of developing collaborative projects, making joint external grant applications, disseminating research, and generating impact.

The Centre meets six times per semester to offer members the opportunity to consolidate and jointly pursue research interests in line with the University's research strategies. We organise events with scholars and practitioners from outside the University and are committed to knowledge exchange and to bridging the gap between policy and practice development

The scope of the Centre covers a wide range of subject areas, including: prisons, punishment and power; criminal justice responses to organised crime and corruption; drugs and crime; policing; restorative justice; youth justice; gender and sexuality; and cybercrime.

We aim to:

  • Conduct research that enhances knowledge, practice, and policy in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Disseminate research findings beyond academic circles into the wider community and voluntary sector, civil society, and government.
  • Demonstrate impact by highlighting how research activity crosses disciplines and finds creative solutions for real problems.
  • Disseminate our work to local, regional, and international community of scholars and practitioners through seminars, conferences and the publication of our research.
  • Support and peer review publications, presentations and teaching materials across the Centre.
  • Identify opportunities for collaborative multi-disciplinary partnerships.
  • Network with other criminological scholars, researchers and practitioners from across and outside the University
  • Identify funding opportunities to increase post-graduate scholarships and boost Centre activity.
  • Promote research and innovation in-line with the UU’s research strategies

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Research Themes

The centre supports consistent, collaborative dialogue through regular workshops and events.

Reading Group

A dedicated peer-led reading group offers an intellectual space for researchers.


People within the Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Centre.