Centre for Applied Criminology

Research that makes a difference, in partnership with those affected by crime. 

The Centre for Applied Criminology (CAC) is a leading BCU Research Centre of Excellence based in the School of Social Sciences. Founded by Professor David Wilson in 1997, CAC is now led by Dr Elizabeth Yardley (Director)  and Dr Imran Awan (Deputy Director). CAC is a dynamic hub of enquiry working at the cutting edge of criminology.

CAC is home to a growing team of researchers who work within and across five key research clusters: Crime Culture & Contemporary Media, Extremism Security Studies & Terrorism, Positive Criminology, Sports Criminology and Birmingham Urban Studies. Find out how you can support our research here (link to crowdfunding page). 

As well as authoring numerous high-impact publications and undertaking research projects CAC researchers regularly appear on television, radio, in newspapers and on social media (hyperlink to Press Office pages with clips / news featuring CAC people) . We regularly blog (link to blog site) about issues that matter and topics we are passionate about. We believe that criminology can make a difference to everyone in making sense of crime and society's response to it. 

CAC's key outcomes are: 

1) RESEARCHING: To engage in original, rigorous and impactful research in Centre-relevant fields.

2) DEVELOPING: To develop a sustainable and supportive research culture, within which talented social science scholars can flourish and realise their potential. 

3) ENGAGING: To enhance public understanding of crime and criminal justice through Centre research.

4) LEARNING AND TEACHING: To enable students within and beyond the School of Social Sciences to benefit from Centre research.

Click on the links below to find out more about the Centre.

If you would like more information on our research centres, click the links below to be taken to our Social Sciences website.
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Our Centre for Applied Criminology has a number of on going projects, impacting several different areas of the community in Birmingham and beyond.
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Ethnic Minority Research Network

The Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology was established in January 2013 and is a place where knowledge can be shared.
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David Wilson Talks

Birmingham City University's Professor David Wilson, one of the most respected names in UK Criminology, spoke to us on a variety of topics.
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Our membership includes influential voices on all areas of Criminology, and look to push the boundaries of the subject through their research.
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