Criminal Justice research

Here at LJMU, our Criminal Justice department has a distinguished history of being the first of its kind in the UK, and is currently at the forefront of the discipline. Our expert staff are a blend of former practitioners who have previously worked in areas such as drug services, probation, prisons and the police – as well as researchers, all of whom are actively engaged within these fields. We produce research on a wide variety of subjects surrounding the justice system, working closely alongside various partner agencies and organisations to continuously improve the fairness and efficacy of criminal justice practices and processes. 

Research is a central and fundamental part of Criminal Justice 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 its widest sense – with three definitive learning streams stemming from this, as below:

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 Research output

Find out more about our research output.

Almond, L., McManus, M.A. & Sainsbury, M. (2020). Sex offences perpetrated against the elderly: A multivariate Analysis of Crime Scene Behaviors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence,

Ayres, T. and Taylor, S. (2020) 'Media and Intoxication: Media Representations of the Intoxicated.' In: Hutton F. (ed.) Cultures of Intoxication: Key Issues and Debates [pp. 239-261] Palgrave MacMillan

Ball, E. & McManus, M.A. (in press). Covid-19 should be considered as an ‘Adverse Childhood Experience’ (ACE). Journal of Community Safety and Well-being, 5(4), 164-167.

Bates, K. (2020) Crime, Broadsides and Social Change, 1800-1850 Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137597885 

Burke, L. (2020) 'The quality of mercy in probation practice' in Millie, A. (eds) Criminology and Public Theology: On Hope, Mercy and Restoration. Bristol University Press.

Burke, L. and Collett, S. (2020) 'The Gift Relationship? What we lose when rehabilitation is privatised' in Bean, P. (eds) Criminal Justice and Privatisation. Routledge.

Burke, L., Millings, M., Taylor, S. and Ragonese, E. (2020) 'Transforming rehabilitation, emotional labour and contract delivery: A case study of a voluntary sector provider in an English resettlement prison' International Journal of Law Crime and Justice 61: 1-11

Cross, N. (2020) Criminal Law for Criminologists Principles and Theory in Criminal Justice Routledge ISBN: 9781138606913

Gosling H, Maclennan S, Burke L. Developing a creative pedagogy to narrate the university experience of non-traditional students. PRSIM. Available on-line at: file:///C:/Users/sschgosl/Downloads/349-Article%20Text-1776-2-10-20200718%20(5).pdf

Gunby, C., Carline, A., Taylor, S. and Gosling, H. (2020) 'Unwanted Sexual Attention in the Night-Time Economy: Behaviors, Safety Strategies, and Conceptualizing “Feisty Femininity”' Feminist Criminology 15(1): 24-46

MacLennan, S. and Gosling, H. (2020) 'We are more than one story: Embracing creativity and compassion through Learning Together' Probation Journal 67(2): 160-166

Shorrock, S., McManus, M. A. and Kirby, S. (2020) 'Profile of repeat victimisation within multi-agency referrals' International Review of Victimology 26(3): 332-343

Taylor, S., Ayres, T. and Jones, E. (2020) 'Enlightened hedonism? Independent drug checking amongst a group of ecstasy users'. International Journal of Drug Policy Vol 83

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If you’d like to ask a question or find out more information about Criminal Justice research, please contact us using the details below.

Contact: Professor Lawrence Burke 

Redmonds Building
Brownlow Hill
L3 5UG