Centre for Criminal Justice Research and Partnerships

Institute of Criminal, Legal and Social Justice (ICLSJ)

The Centre for Criminal Justice Research and 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.


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 and Partnerships please contact the team by email.

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.
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Strand leads

Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan
School of Psychology and Humanities

Nicola is a professor of Criminal Justice Psychology. She conducts research on vulnerable populations within the Criminal Justice System. She is interested in trauma-informed approaches and is an internationally recognised expert in domestic abuse. She supervises student research…

Dr Charlotte Barlow
Reader in Criminal Justice and Policing
School of Law and Policing

Charlotte researches violence against women and girls, in particular domestic and sexual violence. Her work focuses on policing, criminal justice and legal responses. Recent projects have explored coercive control, domestic violence disclosure schemes, rurality and domestic abuse…

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Dr Kathryn Gardner
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
School of Psychology and Humanities

Kathryn teaches across a range of topics within Psychology, with much involvement in the delivery of clinical psychology, individual differences, psychometrics and research methods/advanced research methods. Throughout Kathryn's career she has published in the field of emotional …

Dr Ruth Parkes
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Ruth teaches on the professional social work courses and is involved in allocating student placements. She supports doctoral students as both a Director of Studies and Research Degrees Tutor and is deputy lead for the Prison and Probation strand of the Criminal Justice Research C…