Leading academic experts

Our criminology academics are recognised for their pioneering and widely publicised research work and are regularly called upon by national and international media to provide expert commentary on topical issues relating to social policy. Leading academic experts include Professor David Wilson, Dr Elizabeth Yardley and Dr Imran Awan.

Imran Awan profile pictureDr Imran Awan

Associate Professor, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

As deputy director of the Centre for Applied Criminology, Dr Imran Awan assists in overseeing a research team with a broad range of expertise.

His areas of expertise include extremism and counter terrorism, with his research interests including the impact of counter-terrorism legislation upon Muslim families, policing Muslim families, the role of Extremism and the Internet and Pakistani Gang culture.

He has commentated on major terrorism related issues affecting the Muslim community for the BBC. He has also written a number of articles for The Guardian, Al Jazeera, the New Statesman and the Huffington Post.

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Professor David Wilson

Professor of Criminology, Head of the Centre for Applied Criminology

David is one of the UK’s leading criminologists, specialising in all aspects of prisons and imprisonment, murder and serial murder.

He is a regular commentator to TV and radio, appearing regularly on 'This Morning', 'The Wright Stuff', BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio 4.

David also starred in the Channel 5 series, ‘Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story’, where he examined the true scale of crimes committed by some of the country’s most notorious killers.

His most recent research into British Hitmen received national media coverage, including The Guardian, The Observer and the Sunday Mail. 

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Professor Craig Jackson

Head of Psychology, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology

Craig is a key spokesperson within the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University. His interests lie in the effect of workplaces and working on people's health and psychological wellbeing. He also increasingly researches the relationship between work and crime – particularly how offenders use their occupations to facilitate offending behaviours.

Craig regularly comments for both local and national media, with his most recent commentary related to gun crime and in particular shooting sprees.

Most recently he acted as series consultant and contributor to a 10-part Channel 5 programme concerning Killing Sprees, with the second series due to be broadcast over the summer of 2014.

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Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Reader in Criminology, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

As Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology, Elizabeth works within a specialist centre engaged in a diverse range of research endeavours in and around the criminal justice system.

Her research interests include the representation of female serial killers, the problematisation of women’s drinking behaviour, social divisions in prison and meeting the needs of a diverse prison population.

Her most recent research, conducted alongside other colleagues from the Criminology department, looked at British Hitmen and received national and international media attention.

Elizabeth is a regular commentator for TV and Radio and blogs for the University.

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