Crime, Culture and Contemporary Media

Centre for Applied Criminology CCCM Page Image 350x263 - Connected media devices Led by Dr Adam Lynes, CCCM brings together researchers exploring the interface of media and crime in the 21st century. The study of crime and media has traditionally involved looking at media representations of crime. However, the mediascape is changing. 

Traditional relationships between producers and consumers, writers and readers, actors and audiences have been transformed by advances in networked technologies like the internet, the world wide web and social media.

Dynamics of representation, consumption and production are now different from anything we have seen before. This has had considerable impact upon how we live our lives.

Our focus in CCCM is upon how these changes have altered our experiences of crime and deviance.


  1. Explore how crime and deviance are produced, consumed and represented in contemporary media.
  2. Identify the implications of these processes for a range of stakeholders including victims, offenders and organisations in and around the criminal justice system.
  3. Determine how contemporary media is being used by both offenders and victims.
  4. Apply the insights we generate to make a difference to criminology, policy and practice in a networked, mediatized society. 

Our researchers are exploring a wide range of topics including the phenomenon of online hate, the experiences of victims in new media spaces, the role of social media in homicide, the 'selfie' among users of performance and image enhancing drugs,  and the phenomena known as 'websleuthing'.