Postgraduate taught courses
MSc in Applied Criminology
This course explores the contributions of criminology to relevant professional settings. It reinforces students' understandings of key criminological concepts and methods, translates them to a variety of professional settings and provides students with both direct experience and enhanced understanding of these professional contexts. Find out more about the MSc in Applied Criminology
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Postgraduate research degrees
The department has a broad range of research specialisms including forensic science, criminology, and human and physical geography. To find out more about our areas of supervision and to see what our current research students are working on, see below. For further information about individual academics and contact details, please see the People Profiles section.
Areas of supervision
Dr Caroline Andow, Lecturer in Criminology
Youth crime and deviance; youth justice, particularly experiences of custody and secure settings; research with children and young people; ethnography.
Dr Tom Ball, Reader in Physical Geography
Sustainable flood risk management, particulalry catchment-scale solutions in the context of climate change; general effects of climate change on hydrology and sustainable water supply and food production; effect of grazing disturbance on the ecology and carbon balance of peatlands.
Dr Adrian Barton, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Substance use policy; drugs and crime; alcohol and crime; community safety; multi-agency working; the criminalisation of public health.
Dr Matt Clement, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Sociology of protest movements; subcultural theories; labelling and symbolic interactionism; historical patterns of austerity and resistance.
Dr Jen Dickinson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Migration and development, particularly diaspora strategies; transnational citizenship; skilled mobilities; South-South migration; education migration; geographies of diplomacy.
Dr Alan Grattan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology
Political and communal conflict and violence; terrorism; radicalisation processes (especially in relation to young people); sociology of hate (emotions); miscarriages of justice; peace-building and reconciliation processes.
Prof. Tim Hall, Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Studies
Illicit globalisation, particularly the roles of organised criminal groups; criminal and illicit mobilities; geographies of the illicit; pedagogic research, especially the effects of multidisciplinary management in higher education.
Dr Ester Massa, Lecturer in Criminology
Young people and crime; stigmatisation; immigration and crime (particularly second-generation issues); schooling and deviance; punishment and society; quantitative data analysis (surveys completion and administration, data entry, use of main SPSS routines, cross-sectional analysis, structural equation modelling, path analysis).
Dr Maru Mormina, Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences
The ethics of development, especially in relation to capacity building and global health partnerships; solidarity and stewardship in global relations; the Capability Approach, particularly applied to collective capabilities; bioethics, particularly the ethics of assisted reproduction; research ethics.
Dr Vincenzo Scalia, Reader in Criminology
Penology; policing; organised crime; terrorism.
Dr Amoret Whitaker. Senior Lecturer in Forensic Studies
Forensic Entomology - behavioural and ecological studies (non-molecular); other biological disciplines in forensics (e.g. diatoms, botany, wildlife) with specialist external supervision.
Current postgraduate research students
Natacha Harding, 'Competing Narrative of Restorative Justice'
Director of Studies: Dr Alan Grattan
Luke Turnock, 'An exploration of Performance- and Image-Enhancing Drug (PIED)-using subcultures in England'
Director of Studies: Dr Adrian Barton