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Centre for Criminal Justice Research & Partnerships

The Centre for Criminal Justice Research & Partnerships is a dynamic collaboration of academics from a broad range of disciplines who can respond in a timely and innovative way to the challenges faced by a diverse range of external partners.

Each group is led by a senior academic in the University with a broader team consisting of academics from a variety of disciplines; the Mental Health and Criminal Justice strand, for example, consists of academics from Policing, Nursing, Community Health, Art Design and Fashion, Law, Management, Psychology, Criminology, and Social Work.

The Centre draws on the knowledge of academics across UCLan and its partner agencies to deliver evidence based research, evaluation and advice in all areas of Criminal Justice. Partners include prisons, probation, third sector and Community Rehabilitation Companies. Our strength lies in the multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to criminal justice.

The Centre also works with The Peace and Justice Studies Network, led by Dr Kim McGuire.

We also help support the HARM Network at UCLan which is run by Dr Roxanne Khan.


The Centre for Criminal Justice Research & Partnerships take a 'real world' approach to research.

We have a large number of researchers doing live projects, closely connected to those working in the criminal justice sector and the community.

We recognise the need for a responsive, timely, tailored approach to find solutions that are evidence based.

We are continually looking to build on existing relationships with those who work within the Criminal Justice sector and tailor innovative responses to challenges faced by criminal justice organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

Our work is cross-disciplinary. At the root of all research is the key aim to provide outcomes that directly inform and improve the criminal justice sector.

To find out more about the Centre for Criminal Justice Research & Partnerships please contact:

The project aims to:

  • Deliver impact on policy and practice
  • Deliver world leading research
  • Drive the Innovation agenda in criminal justice.

This will be achieved by:

  • Providing a coherent offer driven by the needs of the sector
  • Providing a 'one stop shop' for innovative solutions for the sector
  • Providing a strong evidence base.

Examples of broader research expertise include:

  • Criminal law (national and international)
  • Crime prevention
  • Prisons
  • Policing
  • Social and Community Engagement
  • Youth justice
  • Youth engagement
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Mental Health and Criminal Justice
  • Social Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Violence and Aggression
  • Women offenders
  • Trauma and building resilience
  • Human trafficking
  • Sex Offenders
  • Vulnerability and Early Intervention
  • Counter terrorism
  • Cyber Crime
  • Security
  • Participatory research methods

Strand leads