Birmingham Urban Studies

Centre for Applied Criminology Birmingham Urban Studies Page Image 350x263 - Birmingham skylineBUS embodies the University strategic aim to transform Birmingham and the region  through innovative, ground-breaking research into criminality and deviance in this part of the UK. There are well developed research communities providing insights into crime and deviance within other major cities in England and Wales.  However, there is little academic work focusing on Birmingham.

BUS will fill this void, exploring the nature and extent of crime and deviance in the region and identifying needs-led, realistic solutions towards working with those affected by crime. Research within BUS will encompass organised crime, gangs, homicide, hate crime and terrorism.

Formally launching in early 2018, BUS will bring together criminologists with vast and varied experience of researching both with those engaged in criminal activity and with those tasked with tackling crime and its effects.  BUS will create a dynamic and vibrant forum for research on local issues, collaborative partnerships, outreach work and knowledge exchange.


  1. Investigate the nature, extent and meaning of crime and deviance in Birmingham encompassing individual experiences, social structures and physical environments.
  2. Identify the implications of regional crime and deviance for local, national and international stakeholders including victims, offenders, the public and organisations in and around the criminal justice system.
  3. Enhance the wellbeing of people and organisations affected by crime in the region.
  4. Nurture regional research talent to ensure the continued authenticity and impact of BUS.

BUS researchers have explored a range of local themes and issues with global reach and significance including organised crime and murder in BirminghamOperation Trojan HorseBirmingham communities' experiences of counter terror measuresexperiences of regional prisons,and hate crimes.


Dr Imran Awan

Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Professor David Wilson