Research in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law

Research within the School integrates the disciplines of criminology and law, with a broad focus on furthering reform, informing policy and engaging with legal, criminological and criminal justice issues.

Researchers in School of Law, Criminology and Government engage in an extensive range of theoretically-oriented and empirical research activities, driven by an overall commitment to promoting fairness and social justice. A full list of staff research interests and publications can be found at their professional pages. Our research is organised around six broad themes.


We aim to promote and encourage research into our key themes, through collaborations with the broader academic community, key stakeholders within local, national and international law and criminal justice partnerships, and through encouraging a lively and diverse postgraduate research environment.

We hold regular meetings to discuss research direction, research grant applications, present working papers and foster an inclusive research environment. We work with other Schools across the University, local and national stakeholders, and law and criminology academics both nationally and internationally to organise seminar series, guest lectures and conferences. In addition the Law School publishes an online journal – The Plymouth Law and Criminal Justice Review – which showcases staff and student research.

Patricia Gray and Jason Lowther
Associate Heads of School for Criminology and Law Research