The International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU) encompasses a team of academic researchers in criminology, criminal justice, socio-legal studies and criminal law, and includes senior internationally-recognised leaders in their respected fields, mid-career and early career researchers and a vibrant community of post-graduate research students. The full-time academic and post-graduate research members of ICRU are accompanied by affiliated academic staff members and are supported by an International Reference Group (IRG) and a National Consultative Group (NCG).
The core mission of ICRU is to:
- Develop, promote and support high-quality research and postgraduate training,
- Advance theoretical and empirical knowledge,
- Work across a wide range of academic, policy and practice communities to engage reciprocal knowledge exchange and make impactful evidence-based and social-justice oriented interventions,
- Communicate clearly and disseminate widely to extend public understanding.
Established areas of research expertise include:
- Criminal law and criminal justice,
- Critical criminology,
- Comparative criminal justice regimes and international criminology,
- Corporate crime and the crimes of the powerful,
- Gender, crime and criminal justice,
- Histories of criminal justice and historical criminology,
- Human rights,
- Juvenile/youth crime, juvenile/youth justice and youth criminology,
- Risk discourses, criminal justice and criminology,
In addition to the above, ICRU:
- Welcomes visiting researchers,
- Co-ordinates a range of events, seminars, symposia and conferences,
- Forges partnerships, exchanges and research collaborations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.