Postgraduate Research in the School of Law, Criminology and Government

Research plays a vital role in the life of the School of Law, Criminology and Government and postgraduate research students are central to our research community. Research in the School is varied and exciting, innovative and world-leading. We carry out research in a range of environments and with a breadth of specialisms. The School has disciplinary expertise in Law, Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy, International Relations and Politics and we are committed to inter-disciplinary research with our research groups incorporating all these areas. 

The School themed research groups are: Health, Vulnerability and Inclusion; Environment, Harm and Culture; and, Global Instability and Society. We welcome research proposals particularly in the areas below.

Health, Vulnerability and Inclusion

  • Parenting and child welfare
  • Social and public policy
  • Dementia care and policy
  • Rural issues and community
  • Culture, community and society
  • Wellbeing and poverty

Environment, Harm and Culture

  • Marine and coastal policy
  • Environment, development and governance
  • Histories of crime and criminalisation
  • Rural crime and crime control
  • Crime and bad behaviour
  • Harms of hate and prejudice
  • Deviant Leisure and Consumerism

Global Instability and Society

  • Global governance and north–south relations
  • Security and development in international affairs
  • Maritime policymaking and logistics
  • EU regional policy and international environmental agreements
  • Governance and crime
  • Crime, social exclusion and minorities
  • Policing and community safety
  • Probation and offender management

Any questions?


For enquiries about postgraduate research in the School, please contact Dr Zoë James, Associate Professor and Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the School of Law Criminology and Government: z.james@plymouth.ac.uk.