Cambridge Institute of Criminology

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Institute of Criminology
Institute of Criminology
TypeDepartment of the University of Cambridge
Established1959 (1959)
Parent institution
Faculty of Law
DirectorProfessor Loraine Gelsthorpe
Address, ,
United Kingdom

The Institute of Criminology is the criminological institute within the Faculty of Law[1] at the University of Cambridge. Its multidisciplinary teaching and research staff are recruited from the disciplines of law, psychiatry, psychology, and sociology. It is located on the Sidgwick Site in the west of Cambridge, England.


The Department of Criminal Science at the Faculty of Law was first established by Sir Leon Radzinowicz in 1938. As the field of criminology was met with increasing interest and success, Sir Leon Radzinowicz founded the Institute of Criminology in 1959 with the support of a benefaction from the Wolfson Foundation and the Howard League for Penal Reform.[2]

Research centres

  • Centre for Analytic Criminology
  • Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice
  • Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics
  • Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology
  • Prisons Research Centre
  • Violence Research Centre
  • Learning Together

Academic courses

The institute offers a number of different courses,[3] including:

  • a nine-month taught M.Phil. Degree in Criminology;
  • a twelve-month M.Phil. Degree in Criminological Research;
  • a 2-year M.St Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management (Police Executive Programme) open to potential chief police officers and personnel working in senior positions within police forces and other parts of the criminal justice system;
  • a 2-year M.St Degree in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management (Cambridge Penology Programme)] open to senior prison officers and others who work, or have interest in criminal justice systems, including lawyers and judicial officers;
  • a Ph.D programme in Criminology;
  • and various undergraduate courses.

Notable people

  • Sir Anthony Bottoms:[4] Emeritus Wolfson Professor of Criminology, Director of the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics.
  • Ben Crewe:[5] Professor of Penology and Criminal Justice, Prison Research Centre.
  • Manuel Eisner:[6] Wolfson Professor of Criminology and Professor of Comparative and Developmental Criminology, Director of the Violence Research Centre.
  • David Farrington: Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology
  • Loraine Gelsthorpe:[7][8] Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Director of the Institute, Director of the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice.
  • Alison Liebling:[9] Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Director of the Prisons Research Centre.
  • Lawrence Sherman:[10][11] Director of the Cambridge Police Executive Programme.
  • Heather Strang:[12] Director of the Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology.
  • Per-Olof Wikström:[13] Professor of Ecological and Developmental Criminology.


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  11. ^ Sherman, Lawrence (January 2018). "Reducing Fatal Police Shootings as System Crashes: Research, Theory, and Practice". Annual Review of Criminology. 1: 421–449. doi:10.1146/annurev-criminol-032317-092409.
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