Research with the School of Justice Studies

A probing and insightful research culture

Here at the School of Justice Studies, we produce a broad body of quality work centred around subjects such as criminal behaviour, law enforcement, and criminal justice. Our research portfolio is both diverse and impactful - with our knowledgeable academics, professionals, and postgraduate students weighing in on the most contemporary and important issues of our times.

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Criminal Justice

Research is a central and fundamental part of Criminal Justice here at LJMU. Our experienced and knowledgeable researchers have the expertise that allow us to produce meaningful work, which ultimately feeds directly into the conceptualisation and design of criminal justice policies and practices. Our team collaborates with local and national partners, as well as working with the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion at LJMU. There is a distinct and specific focus on the concept of ‘justice’ in the widest sense, with three definitive learning streams stemming from this: 


By studying Criminology at LJMU you will be part of an interdisciplinary centre producing world-leading research. Criminology lecturers are active members of the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion, a vibrant research centre that produces rigorous interdisciplinary research.

As a Criminology student you will be encouraged to attend critical research seminars, which are a series of talks and debates that examine social policy. Every year, four seminars are held and each seminar is led by a renowned speaker. Typically, speakers are either a leading academic or activist. Recent highlights included Sheila Coleman, Hillsborough Justice Campaign, Professor Carol Smart, a prominent feminist sociologist, and Robert King and Albert Woodfox, two of the ‘Angola Three’, who after a wrongful conviction served between them 72 years in solitary confinement.

At the critical research seminars, a variety of topics are discussed from historical policies to current issues. Each seminar has a distinct theme and past talks have explored the following areas: policing, drugs policy, youth justice, prison policy, deaths in custody and violence against women.

For more information and to browse our research clusters please go to the CCSE website.

Policing Studies

The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies’ research agenda is themed around a number of dynamic research clusters which reflect the primary and secondary interests of our staff.

Current research activities are themed around the following research clusters:

  • Serious and organised crime 
  • Evidence-based policing and practice 
  • Intelligence anaylsis  
  • Counter-terrorism 
  • Domestic violence 

Our research clusters enable us to engage in the co-creation of knowledge alongside industry stakeholders. We do this by addressing contemporary issues within policing and broader human security domains. In addition to this, our research initiatives and aspirations enable us to play a strong role in the Research Exercise Framework.

Find out more about our research by taking a look at the sections on our projects and expertise.