Centre for Crime, Justice and Security

In this blog, you will find all research and activities undertaken within the Centre for Crime, Justice and Security. 

“As a result of our expertise in, and commitment to, human rights, global security and justice for all, we will be the destination of choice, nationally and internationally, for students, staff and external stakeholders. The work we do with out communities aims to enrich and transform lives and to positively impact on policy and practice in wider social and criminal justice environments.”

The overall focus of the Centre is the promotion, development and implementation of Justice in various forms, primarily social, civil and criminal justice but also in terms of how social justice impacts and is impacted by criminal justice practices. The Centre is underpinned by three pillars: ethics and integrity; sustainability and evidence based practice.  

The Centre for Crime, Justice and Security’s Themes

Read more about the Centre’s Themes within the Themes tab.

Investigation, Security and Intelligence

Crime, Justice and Communities


Professional Education, Regulation and Standards

Evidence Based Policing


Read The Conversation

The Conversation offers in-depth analysis, research and news.

Curated by professional editors, The Conversation provides informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world. Click the images below to read articles authored by some of the Centre’s members. 


Parliamentary Responses

John McGarry: The Government and Parliamentary Lead


Profs in the Pav

Staffordshire University has served up a feast of free talks at its popular Profs in the Pav annual event. The vast array of exciting discussions, which are open to the public, offer attendees the chance to hear from top academics. These have now gone virtual as we practice social distancing, but you can view webinars online. 

The first part of this talk Professor Christopher Gidlow, Professor of Applied Health Research and Associate Professor, will introduce the social determinants of health, in particular, the potential role of natural environments, before considering one of the most extreme forms of inequality: homelessness.
In the second part of the talk Associate Professor Aoife Healy, Associate Professor of Human Movement Biomechanics, will explore inequalities in health care access. The global prevalence of non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes) is rising steadily; linked to population growth, ageing of populations and lifestyle changes associated with urbanisation. Many of these people need access to mobility assistive products to allow them to actively participate in society. It is estimated that only 1 in 10 people in need has access to prosthetic and orthotic mobility assistive products.
In this talk Dr Simon Smith, Associate Professor of Security and International Relations, and Dr Joanne Turner, Associate Professor of Criminology, will explore how international and national institutions concerned with peace and justice are challenged in times of crisis and the impact the Covid pandemic has had on the courts and prisons in England and Wales.
By Professor Claire Gwinnett, Professor of Forensics and Environmental Science and Professor Jon Fairburn, Professor of Sustainable Development. Pollution is the theme that links together the research of Prof Claire Gwinnett and Prof Jon Fairburn. Claire has carried out word leading research into plastic pollution into our seas and oceans.

Expert Talks

Expert Talks is a series of free virtual talks that offer expert insights and knowledge in a range of topics within forensics, criminology and policing. Below are a selection of talks presented by some of the Centre’s members. 

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