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Centre for Applied Criminology

Birmingham City University

The Centre for Applied Criminology (CAC) is strongly committed to excellence in the research of criminology and all aspects of criminology and the criminal justice system.

The centre boasts a high calibre of members renowned for their international reputations as leaders in their specialist areas. The team are in demand as speakers, peer reviewers and editorial advisors for numerous journals and two members of CAC are editors of peer-reviewed journals with specific areas of interest including:

  • penology – especially prison health and the impact of the arts on recidivism;
  • the phenomenon of serial murder;
  • international terrorism and its impact on domestic policy;
  • policing;
  • sexual offending;
  • the occupational health of criminal justice professionals.

The centre has an impressive track record for research in a diverse range of subject areas and has been involved with countless high profile, innovative projects including the groundbreaking 'Continuing positive change in prison and community' in alliance with the Good Vibrations project.

The centre also hosts events including a recent series of seminars exploring the issues surrounding the high-profile cases of Ian Huntley, Fred and Rose West, James Bulger and the Ipswich serial murders.

The centre's director is Professor David Wilson who works alongside two visiting Professors – Steve Frosdick and Michael Brookes – both of whom have distinguished professional backgrounds in policing and prisons respectively.

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