Research Methods and Criminological Theory

SCCJR aims to make significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the academic study of crime and justice. Our methodological work is about improving the way in which we research crime and justice issues whilst our theoretical work involves the attempt to explain criminal behaviour. We have particular methodological expertise on evaluation, ethnography, longitudinal analysis and quantitative criminology. Our theoretical work spans our research interests with particular interests in feminist theory, poststructualism and social theory. The SCCJR Crime and Communites Network is particularly concerned with theoretical issues around defining and understanding the understudied area of civility or pro-social, as opposed to anti-social, behaviour.