Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion

An interdisciplinary centre producing world-leading research.

CCSE members are actively researching the interaction of politics, evidence and policy as well as the relationships between drugs, intoxication and society. Key issues here include: the ways in which patterns of drug use/supply are changing in the UK at present, the best ways in which policymakers might respond to such changes, and the justice implications of drug policy and practice. CCSE Drug Researchers recognise that criminalisation policy, (definitions of) problematic drug use and drug sales are connected to social exclusion and other social problems and respond with critical research agendas, as demonstrated by their publications and research interests.

Research and expertise

The research conducted by CCSE is critical and wide-ranging and includes: prisons; deaths in custody; sentencing; drugs policy; social divisions; social policy and austerity; youth justice; environmental politics; sexual violence; child sexual abuse; third sector and voluntary organisations; counter-terrorism strategies; victims and victimisation; policing and public order; military identities; masculinity and social policy; desistance; health care and critical perspectives on alternatives to custody. This research is designed to impact on the policy, political and popular debates in their respective areas of expertise.

Policing Protest National Report 2019

Research Excellence Framework

Producing internationally excellent and world-leading research.

In the latest research assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014), over half of the Centre’s outputs submitted to the Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment were rated internationally excellent, whilst a further proportion were judged world leading.

The Centre’s impact case studies on 'Conceptualising, Mapping and Responding to Death and Injury at Work' and 'Interrogating Penal Power and Developing Policy Responses to Deaths in Custody' were also considered to be internationally excellent and in some respects world leading.

Our recent projects

EU Reducing Reoffending

The Centre has had recent success with its project EU Reducing Reoffending.

This European Union funded project was created to improve offender’s self-worth and to increase the education, training and employment opportunities available to offenders.

As a result of the EU Reducing Reoffending project, an offender mentor scheme was created, information sharing practices were improved and best-practice guidelines are to be disseminated at local, regional, national and European level.

Visit the EU Reducing Offending site

Keep Moving

Similarly, researchers from the Centre recently published Keep Moving – a public report on the policing of the Barton Moss anti-fracking protest. The report, which was published by researchers from both LJMU and the University of York, calls for an overhaul in police tactics and policies.

As part of the Keep Moving project, researchers visited the camp, conducting interviews with camp residents and investigating figures of those arrested. The report raises key questions around environmental regulation, corporate accountability, police powers and the future of legal aid.

Read the Keep Moving report

Collaborations and partnerships

The CCSE is committed to working collaboratively with outside organisations and activist groups at local, national and international levels. These include but are not restricted to: INQUEST, the National Association for Youth Justice, the Howard League for Penal Reform, The Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASA), Merseyside, News from Nowhere, The Homeless Period and Veterans in Practice. Furthermore, the Centre’s international links include the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, the European Union, the Anti-Security Collective, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, the Angola 3 Campaign and the International Indigenous Youth Council.

Discover more about the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion from the CCSE blog.