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Cambridge Institute of Criminology

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Institute of Criminology
Institute of Criminology
TypeDepartment of the University of Cambridge
Established1959 (1959)
Parent institution
Faculty of Law
DirectorProfessor Loraine Gelsthorpe
Address, ,
United Kingdom

The Institute of Criminology is the criminological institute at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge.[1] The institute is one of the oldest criminological institutes in Europe, and has exerted a strong influence on the development of criminology.[2] Its multidisciplinary teaching and research staff are recruited from the disciplines of law, psychiatry, psychology, and sociology. It is located on the Sidgwick Site in the west of Cambridge, England. The Institute of Criminology building was designed by Allies and Morrison.[3] The institute is also home to the Radzinowicz Library, which houses the most comprehensive criminology collection in the United Kingdom.[4] The institute has approximately 50 PhD students, 30-40 M.Phil students, and 200 M.St students. The institute also offers courses to Cambridge undergraduates, particularly in Law, but also in Human Social and Political Sciences and in Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.[5]


During World War II, Sir Leon Radzinowicz established the Department of Criminal Science in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge.[6] In 1959, as the field of criminology was met with increasing interest and success, Sir Leon Radzinowicz founded the Institute of Criminology with the support of a benefaction from the Wolfson Foundation and the Howard League for Penal Reform.[7]

Research centres

The Institute publishes the Cambridge Crime Harm Index (CCHI), which is the first system that measures the seriousness of crime harm to victims.[8]

  • Centre for Analytic Criminology
  • Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice
  • Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics
  • Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology
  • Prisons Research Centre
  • Violence Research Centre

Academic courses

The institute offers a number of different courses,[9] including:

  • a nine-month taught M.Phil. Degree in Criminology;
  • a twelve-month M.Phil. Degree in Criminological Research;
  • a 2-year M.St Degree in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management (Cambridge Penology Programme), which is a postgraduate programme that equips students with cutting-edge knowledge and research skills to reflect on existing policy and practice in criminal justice;
  • a 2-year M.St Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management (Police Executive Programme), which is a postgraduate programme that offers a globally-relevant framework for preserving and enhancing democratic policing in the face of international challenges;
  • a Ph.D programme in Criminology;
  • various undergraduate courses for Cambridge students in Law, Psychology, and Sociology, including a joint Sociology/Criminology degree.[10]

Notable people

  • Sir Leon Radzinowicz:[11] the Founder of the Institute of Criminology and the first Wolfson Professor of Criminology.
  • Sir Anthony Bottoms:[12] Emeritus Wolfson Professor of Criminology, Director of the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics.
  • Ben Crewe:[13] Professor of Penology and Criminal Justice, Prisons Research Centre.
  • Manuel Eisner:[14] Wolfson Professor of Criminology and Professor of Comparative and Developmental Criminology, Director of the Violence Research Centre.
  • David Farrington: Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology
  • Loraine Gelsthorpe:[15][16] Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Director of the Institute, Director of the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice.
  • Alison Liebling:[17] Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Director of the Prisons Research Centre.
  • Lawrence Sherman:[18][19] Director of the Cambridge Police Executive Programme.
  • Heather Strang:[20] Director of the Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology.
  • Per-Olof Wikström:[21] Professor of Ecological and Developmental Criminology.


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  5. ^ "History". University of Cambridge. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
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  7. ^ "Raven login".
  8. ^ "The Cambridge Crime Harm Index (CCHI)". University of Cambridge. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Graduate Admissions". University of Cambridge, Graduate Admissions.
  10. ^ "Undergraduate Courses in Criminology". University of Cambridge. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Radzinowicz, Leon, 1906-1999". The British Academy. The British Academy. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  12. ^ "The British Academy - Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms". The British Academy.
  13. ^ Crewe, Ben (April 2019). "The prison as a reinventive institution". Theoretical Criminology: 136248061984190. doi:10.1177/1362480619841900.
  14. ^ "Research Gate". Research Gate, Manuel Eisner.
  15. ^ "ResearchGate". ResearchGate, Loraine Gelsthorpe.
  16. ^ "Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment". Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment.
  17. ^ "The British Academy - Alison Liebling". The British Academy.
  18. ^ "Outer Temple Chambers, Professional Associate". Outer Temple Chambers.
  19. ^ Sherman, Lawrence (January 2018). "Reducing Fatal Police Shootings as System Crashes: Research, Theory, and Practice". Annual Review of Criminology. 1: 421–449. doi:10.1146/annurev-criminol-032317-092409.
  20. ^ "Dr Heather Strang Appointed As AEC President — Institute of Criminology" – via
  21. ^ "The British Academy - Per-Olof Wikstrom". The British Academy.

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